Cricket is one of the numerous sports that can be extremely confusing or incomprehensible for first-time watchers. There are a plethora of phrases that are unique to the gentleman’s game as well as rules and regulations that are loaded with their own nuances, exceptions, complexities, etc.
However, all you need to know to enjoy a thrilling game of Cricket is not more than a handful which is mostly related to how or ways to score in the game.
The most important thing you should take note of is that scores – in Cricket – are referred to as a number of “runs.” Runs are scored only when a team – made up of 11 players – is batting.
There are three ways to score runs in Cricket:
- Running between wickets
Runs are scored in Cricket when the striker hits the ball with his bat, and both batsmen run between the wickets, thus exchanging their ends of the pitch.
Each time a batsman makes a successful contact with the other end of the playing field, one run is awarded the striker. The striker can score 4 runs at a go by hitting the ball past the boundary after it has bounced at least once on the ground. For airborne shots that shoot beyond the boundary without making any contact with the ground, the batsman earns six runs.
A bye run is scored when the delivery rushes past the wicketkeeper without making contact with either the batsman or their bat, thus granting enough time to run between the wickets. If this situation occurs and the ball goes beyond the boundary line, a bye results in 4 runs to the batting team.
If, on the other hand, the ball hits the body of the batsman instead of his bat, any runs that are scored are recorded as leg byes. When errors also occur during a delivery, the batting team earns some runs, and this is added to their scores.
Runs can also be credited to a batsman if he either hits the ball with his bat or with a gloved hand that is holding the bat. These runs are logged to the personal tally of the batsman. Runs are usually accrued promptly to a team’s scores through penalty runs and extras. All extras – also known as sundries – are credited to the cricket team total instead of individual batsmen.
A No Ball can also arise, and it is caused primarily by delivering full tosses above strikers’ waists and leaping over the bowling crease while the ball is released.
A Wide Ball is a delivery that travels wide off where the batsman is standing and their stance, thus preventing them from attempting normal strokes.
A batsman cannot be punished for failing to make a hit or hitting the ball.
If a fielder happens to catch the ball with clothing or a helmet, the batting side is awarded 5 runs. If the ball strikes either a fielder’s helmet or other equipment such as a drink bottle or shin guards that are lying on the playing field, the same penalty is enforced.
Finally, when an innings ends, individual scores of the batsmen in the team are combined, together with all the extras. The team that has the higher total becomes the winning team.