CRICKET BASICS

When students start with the cricket game, there are four main things to focus on.

1. It is essential to be able to catch the ball

2. It is crucial to be able to throw the ball accurately.

3. It’s good to be able to hit the ball with the bat.

4. It’s good to be able to be agile.

Below you can read a little about the technique behind these four cricket elements. Have students understand that Catching, throwing, running and batting create a good cricket player. At playcricket.fi there are lots of games, drills and exercises that can make students better at all four things.

Catching the ball

Catching the ball is essential in cricket. You can eventually get a opponent player out by catching the ball, but you also need to catch in many other aspects of the game.

To be able to catch a ball, it’s essential to be focused and clear mentally. Keep your eyes on the ball. Keep your hands in front of your chest ready to catch the ball. When the ball is caught, it is essential to drawn it towards the body, reducing the chance of being dropped.

Under Play/exercise students can practice their catching technique.

Throwing and bowling the ball

Often a cricket player needs to throw the ball and bowl the ball. Either in an attempt to hit the stumps or to one of his fellow players. Precision and length of the throw are crucial to have success.

Both underarm and overarm throws are introduced in playcricket.fi and are used in various games, drills and exercises. The underarm throw is a “friendly throw” that is easy to catch and easy for the batter to hit. A underarm goes in a light arc and is not too hard. The overarm throw can be used to throw far. When bowling to the stumps (in certain games) it is important to keep the throwing arm straight. If it bends, the ball is illegal.

During play/exercises , students can practice both throwing and bowling.

Batting

It is important to have a good grip on the bat when hitting the ball. Do this exercise to get the right grip.

Lay the bat on the ground. Put your right had at the bottom of the handle and left hand at the top. Keep a firm grip with the top hand and a lose grip with the bottom. The upper hand must be the one that leads the bat. The lower hand supports and is only used when extra force is needed in the ball.

Batting is essential to get points or “Runs”.

Under play/exercise students can practice their hitting of the ball.

Running – How to get points

Running and being agile is an important part of the cricket. A quick run with the bat is how you making points. It requires quick reaction skills and you can run multiple times whilst the fielding players have to pick the ball up and throw it back to the stumps.

Scoring points by running gives more students the opportunity to have success experiences. Other ways to score points can also be added, for example, if the ball is hit particularly far or hits a certain point.

Under play/exercise students can practice their running with and without bat.

Cricket words

Cricket has its very own language. There are a wide range of games and rules that may seem incomprehensible. Here are a number of cricket concepts and their significance.
Batter
The player who uses a bat. 
Stumps
Stumps consists of  of three plastic sticks with a base. It is for the the bowler to hit and the batter to protect with his bat.
Keeper
The field player who stands just behind the stumps being bowled towards.
Bowler
The player who bowls the ball towards the stumps.
Caught out
One way to lose a wicket. If the ball, after hitting the batters players’ bat, is caught by a field player before touching the grass the batter who hit the ball is caught out.
Bowled out
One way to lose a wicket. If the ball delivered by the bowler hits the stumps, the batting player facing the ball is bowled out.
Over / overs
One over consists of six balls bowled by a bowler.
Underarm throw
A quick underarm throw that has a friendly speed. 
Overarm throw
A long throw. Used in real cricket. To get the ball back to the stumps

Cricket is played in many different shapes and formats. Here is the explanation of the three most popular.

T20

In a Twenty20 match, both teams play one inning each, which consists of a maximum of 20 overs to get their points or “runs”. A typical T20 match lasts about three to four hours.

50 overs (One Day Internationals)

Matches between two national teams. Each team gets 50 overs to get their points or “runs”. Played in one day. The World Cup is played in this format.

Test matches (5 days)

The longest form of a cricket. Test matches are played between national teams with “Test status” as determined by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The game can last up to five days.

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