Conversations on the weekend turned to cricket.
Many people are like... ok... how the fuck is it played?
So heres the Baseball players translation. (using 60 over limit)
Base ball if it was cricket
Instead of innings you just let the home team go to bat for as many outs as it would take for them to finish 9 innings. Then do the same for the Away team. Most runs when all the 2 teams allotted outs are up determines winner
Each team has 60 overs. Each over is 6 pitches (so 6x60 = 360 pitches). When your overs are... over you switch. Each hit can beworth up to 1+ runs. You hit ball, you run to far end = run. If you can make it back before the ball returns you get as many runs as you can run. If you hit it to the rope at the outside of the park your awarded 4 automatically, if you hit it over the rope you get 6.
Wickets/outs (if your looking for a baseball analogy)
Each team has 11 players (or 11 wickets). They go to bat in sequence against the Bowler (usually best to worst). You are out 2 ways. The ball hits the wicket (or would hit the wicket), or you are caught out. If the ball knocks over the wicket (odd thing behind the batter) your out. If you miss the ball with your bat and the ref thinks the ball would have hit the wicket if it hadn't bounced of your leg.... your out. If you hit the ball and before it hits the ground again someone catches it... your out. Each out is called a Wicket. Once out you leave and go get a drink, next up on the roster takes your place. If a team is knocked down to only 1 wicket left and it still has overs left. They forfeit all remaining overs and are out. (so you can push them out before their alloted overs are up)
Thats it. Thats cricket in a nut shell.
Theres lots of small fiddle bits, and techniques, but if you walk in on a match you can with the above get the gist of whats going on.
Now this is limited 60 overs. When you hear of cricket matches going for days. Its unlimited overs. You play until all your players are out. That (if your bats men are really good, can take days)
So knowing this, you can be aware of just how fucking stupendous it is to watch a bowler Knock out 4 batters in 4 bowls in a worldcup final. We are talking a game where each batter is expected to get the team 30-50+ points. and for 4 batters they got FUCK ALL (he also nearly took out 5 by 1.5"). The cafeteria at work was going insane. Imagine a packed Italian bar, and italy score not once, not twice , not three times but 4 times in 30 seconds. the place would be a fucking insane asylum.