Cricket and croquet – is that different things?
Croquet is played mainly by pensioners at their leisure, driving balls into the gates with wooden hammers. Like the Queen’s lawn in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Cricket is played by teams in stadiums in front of tens of thousands of spectators. (About the rules-just below.)
A cricket bat is one and a half times heavier than a baseball bat. A ball thrown by a Pro flies at a speed of 150 km / h, and a world-class player is able to hit it for a hundred meters. This is a serious sport, it requires protective equipment, first-class refereeing and comprehensive training.
Roughly speaking, croquet is a poor relative of Golf. Cricket is the older brother of baseball.
Do they really play all day?
Only if it’s a short match. Normal – the so-called test, the test-lasts five days: six hours a day with a break for lunch for 40 minutes and two tea parties for 20 minutes.
The classic series of five test matches, in which two separate teams regularly find out their relationship with each other, takes up to a month and a half.
This has advantages. At least in the fact that at the Amateur level, a game of cricket is perfectly combined with a picnic in the Park for a whole day. And the audience of the professional match is always guaranteed entertainment from morning to evening.
But there are drawbacks. First, not every fan will find so much free time and understanding in the family. Secondly, not every TV channel will risk such volumes of air.
Third, sports bars, cafes and pubs prefer to attract visitors with broadcasts of other sports, more dynamic and shorter. Even in India, the English Premier League is gaining popularity.
Fourth, because of the clumsy format, cricket has been left out of the Olympic games since 1900. And finally, it kills Amateur sports-the forge of talent. In small and rural clubs, there are fewer and fewer people willing to spend every second weekend on cricket.
And why are they all in white, then colored? And the ball is red or white?
Multi-day tests are played in the traditional white form. And a red ball. This has always been the case.
But one-day matches are already a form of national or club colors, and the ball is white. Red was rejected, and here’s why.
Unlike tests, where the game simply stops at dusk to resume in the morning, one-day matches have to be played out. To do this, one of the main taboos of cricket was removed – on artificial lighting.
The white ball is better visible than the red ball in the light of floodlights and against the night sky.