Why Cricket is Better than Baseball

16 01 2011

Fans of American baseball often have an idea that it is a faster sport, a more physically challenging sport than cricket.

With a TV blackout on even the condensed T-20 cricket games (where the game all takes place in the same day) in the USA baseball fans have never even seen a cricket game.

Here are some observations by a newly converted cricket fan:

Cricket is played from start to finish.

Baseball is played in fits and starts. The pace is constantly interrupted like a bad radio signal from Mars.

For the cricket fan you would typically see your player step up to bat to challenge the bowler’s best effort. In baseball the batter would trot to the position and use 1001 stunts to not engage the pitcher. The batter

adjusts his cap

spits

waggles the bat

steps away from the regulated position for him to stand

steps back into position

waggles his bat

spits

taps his shoe spikes to free imaginary dirt

rolls his neck with his bat in an ‘unready’ position.

Not to be outdone the pitcher in baseball has many time consuming strategies for not throwing a ball to the batter’s position. This is supposedly to keep the batter uncertain of his intent. More likely it is  to sell more beer. Patrons can leave and return with dinner without missing anything. The baseball pitcher can waste time on the pitcher’s mound for a good deal of time.  The umpire will only call his procrastinations a ‘balk’ with the penalty favoring the batter if he stalls in the action of the throwing motion itself. The pitcher in baseball has a treasure trove of stalling tactics that include

spitting

rolling his shoulders

making all manner of crazy hand gestures to signal a secret message to the catcher

acting all ready to throw but stopping to look to first base to try and catch a base runner  who has stepped too far from the safety of the base

grabbing dirt to pat into the hand mit

rolling the ball into this or that position to hide it in the hand mit to keep the batter from guessing what style of throw is about to come

adjusting his hat

acting all ready to throw but stopping again to look to first base to try and catch a base runner  who has stepped to far from the safety of the base

digging the dirt of the mound with his feet like a cat inspecting a box of litter

stopping his business altogether  and holding a conference with the catcher

acting all ready to throw but stopping yet again to look to first base to try and catch a base runner  who has stepped to far from the safety of the base (this step can be repeated just about infinitely)

stopping to attend a spontaneous meeting on the pitcher’s mound with the team manager about what the upper ups think of his pitching and should he be replaced.

Baseball fans will argue that this is all non-stop action but really it’s a parade of game delaying gestures.  Baseball fans would be stunned to learn the cricket player stays in batting position until he can be made out.  No three strikes business. He can be batting away for over an hour.  In baseball if the player hits a succession of foul tips totaling over 20 swings the announcers rave about the effort. In cricket this ‘effort’ is just normal play. So is catching the ball barehanded. So is hitting the ball completely behind oneself and scoring on it. There  are no foul poles in cricket.

Baseball fans – get to know cricket. It’s the better game.

MORE:

Vincent Price explains cricket (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIbSWj0AtjM

Rules of cricket (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxA6j1UUw_0

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11 04 2015
flyingcuttlefish

Richie Benaud: A custodian of the art of leg-spin, he put cricket in a debt to him which it will never come close to servicing
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/richie-benaud-a-custodian-of-the-art-of-legspin-he-put-cricket-in-a-debt-to-him-which-it-will-never-come-close-to-servicing-10167478.html

18 06 2017
flyingcuttlefish

Reblogged this on flying cuttlefish picayune and commented:

INDIA Vs PAKISTAN, Final top Highlights

LINK – https://youtu.be/T1D309kUWZk

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