When I was a young girl, my father, who is English, took me to watch a cricket match in England and I have been hooked ever since. My dad is from Yorkshire, so we went to watch the Yorkshire cricket team take on Essex. Yorkshire, to my dad’s delight, won the game and seeing his happiness was something that helped to convert me into a cricket fan. Below are some other reasons why I love cricket so much.
It is a team sport
I prefer team sports above individual sports. This is because it just seems a lot harder for a number of individuals to have to work together to achieve one aim than it does for an individual. In a team sport, each player has to complement the weaknesses and strengths of their teammates. You might be sitting there wondering why I didn’t choose football or netball instead. If so, keep reading, and all will be revealed.
There Are Three Different Formats
If you are the type of person that loves to watch attritional sport, then test cricket is just what you are looking for. These matches last five days and are the ultimate test of a player’s skill. If a player is a great test player, they will be remembered for many years to come after their retirement.
If 5-day cricket is too boring for you, then there is the more exciting limited over matches that come in a 50 over format or a 20 over format. With limited overs cricket, the aim of the game is to score runs as quickly as possible, meaning that you had best watch out if you are in the crowd.
Therefore, cricket is a sport that has something for everyone.
It is a Game Played by Gentlemen
This is probably one of the main reasons why I love this sport. If there is one thing that the British are known for it is their manners, which can be seen in this sport that they created. In cricket, there is no room for abuse or violence towards the officials (umpires in cricket). If the umpire gives you out, you just have to accept the decision and walk back to the pavilion.
Furthermore, all the fans, no matter who you are supporting, mingle together in the stadium. We do not have to be split up like they do in football. The abuse that the officials receive in football along with the hooliganism from the crowd is what makes me hate it.
It is a Tricky Game to Play
Those who know their cricket, know that it is a lot harder sport to play than it looks. Batsmen have a mere half a second (sometimes even less) to hit the ball, while bowlers need to be on the money all the time or risk being flayed all over the park. Furthermore, when it comes to catches, especially those in the slips, the fielders have a about a second to complete the catch. Another reason why I prefer cricket to football is that I think football is too easy to play.
It is a Very Exciting Sport
In my humble opinion, there is no such thing as a boring cricket match. Every cricket match involves moments of excitement, even if one team is obviously so much better than their opponents. The strategies employed and the high concentration levels that are required at all times help to make cricket one of the most exciting sports.
It Brings People Together
Cricket, like other team sports such as football and rugby, helps to bring nations and people together. Cricket matches give you the perfect chance to meet up with cricket-loving friends, have some pints, cheer on your team, and have a jolly good time.
If you happen to be a cricket fan, then I am certain that you will agree with all that I have said. If you are not a cricket fan, then I sincerely hope that my words will convince you to become one. If you have any other reasons why you are cricket fan that I failed to mention, please mention it in the comment section below. I am always happy to see feedback from like-minded cricket fans.