Americans: Cricket World Cup Semi Final Game India VS Pakistan – It’s What The Rest Of The World Is Doing Today
I love America, for all it’s faults (and you’d be hard pressed to find a country without faults), and I love being an American, but we come up short in the international sports categories. Sure, we’ve made great strides in soccer (that’s football outside of the US, folks) in the last few years, but our overall cricket IQ is pretty low, as demonstrated here by Raphael.
Today is opening day for Major League Baseball here in the United States. Here in New York, the Mets are playing today and the Yankees are playing tomorrow, but in the rest of the world, it’s all about the Cricket World Cup Semi Final Game: India VS Pakistan! Two regional rivals, both nuclear powers, ready to do head-to-head battle on the cricket pitch. It’s estimated that over 1 billion people will watch today’s match, and it’s happening, right now! The problem is, you most likely won’t be able to find it on TV, which is why we don’t know anything about cricket in this country.
Still, it’s worth learning something about cricket, and if you ever get a chance to watch it AND you’re a baseball fan, I think you’ll interested. Here are some basics to get you started; the text (in parentheses) includes baseball styled translations.
- The bowler (pitcher) must bounce the ball once before it gets to the batsman (hitter).
- Each batsman gets thrown 6 pitches and he must swing every time
- The batsman’s objective it to keep the ball from touching the wicket behind him
- If the batsman hits the ball, he and the non-striker run between the wickets (positioned on either side of the pitch) to score runs
Uhm, yeah, something like that! I recommend watching yourself (when possible); it’s pretty self explanatory. Cricket matches last for a VERY LONG TIME, and that’s coming from a baseball fan, but I still recommend watching this game in particular, during which I assure you that the crowd will be as intense as the players.