Cricket is not only one of the most viewed and favorite games in the world today, but the gentleman’s game has garnered billions of fans in the U.K., New Zealand, the Subcontinent, Australia, etc.
But the game is less common in places like the United States, Africa, etc. so if you are interested in learning how to play Cricket or you want to learn more about the second most viewed sport in the world, you can do so in three easy steps:
You need to, first of all, start acquiring viable knowledge about the different formats of the game called Cricket. Playing the game requires the use of various equipment such as gloves, helmets, box cup, etc. You need to familiarize yourself with each piece of equipment used in the game. Jumping onto the pitch without wearing protective gear can be hazardous.
It may not be too convenient for you to wear gloves, but you need to know its limitations, how to use them, when to use them, etc. Learn how to wear them correctly for maximum protection because it is a requirement if you plan to play Cricket professionally.
Secondly, get familiar with the pitch where Cricket is played, the players and how they coordinate themselves, etc. You need to also learn how each part of the playing field is occupied by the 22 players comprising two teams of eleven players each as well as the different positions on the pitch.
The best way to get all this information is by reading about them on official websites or forums online and then watching a lot of YouTube videos about Cricket. You can also watch live Cricket matches on TV or better still, in person by visiting the stadium where the game is played. Watching the game live at the ground is better than watching on TV.
This is where you need to make up your mind on what you plan to do with the information you have gathered if you followed the two steps outlined earlier in this article.
Do you want to be an amateur cricketer or you aspire to become a professional player? Understand that to become a professional cricketer calls for a lot of dedication and time.
To remain in the amateur level, all you need to do is to book a venue and field and start playing the game; this is the best way to learn Cricket as it is a game that is more physical than mental.
To play at a professional level, you need to get a certified coach who will bring you under his wings, teach and show you everything you need to know about the practical aspects of the game. You can take your time to search for experienced cricket coaches within your locality or area that you can talk to.
Your coach will teach you a lot of things including:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Batting and fielding professionally
- Using your good hand and your “bad” hand, so you don’t get caught off-guard during a game, etc