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Cricket: A Gentleman’s Game

Cricket, commonly known as "gentleman's game," is a bat-and-ball sport that has the hearts of millions around the world. Originating in England, cricket has evolved into a global game with a rich history and a set of intricate rules that define its gameplay.

Cricket is a contest between two teams, each consisting of eleven players, played on an oval-shaped field with a 22-yard-long pitch at the center. The objective is straightforward: score more runs than the opposing team. A run is scored when a batsman hits the ball and successfully crosses to the opposite end of the pitch.

The game is divided into 2 innings, with each team taking turns to bat and bowl. During the batting innings, two batsmen are on the field, facing deliveries from the bowlers of the opposing team. The fielding side aims to dismiss the batsmen by getting them out through various means, such as catching the ball, bowling the batsman out, or achieving a run-out.

Cricket is unique in its scoring system. Apart from running, teams earn extra runs through boundaries and sixes. Boundaries, marked by a rope around the field, award four runs when the ball crosses it on the ground and six runs if it clears the boundary in the air. Batsmen must balance aggression and defense, strategically getting runs while safeguarding their wickets.

Bowlers play an important role in delivering the ball to take wickets. The variety of bowling styles, including fast bowling, spin bowling, and medium pace, adds excitement to the game.

While a bowler is bowling the other players are in different positions on the field trying to catch the ball hit by the batsman. All players field except one player called the wicketkeeper. This player stands behind the wickets and can out the batsman only the wicketkeeper can perform called stumping.

This sport follows a strict set of rules, governing everything from the dimensions of the pitch to the duration of the match. Cricket matches can last anywhere from a few hours in the case of T20 games to several days in the traditional format of Test matches.

Cricket is a game of skill, strategy, and sportsmanship. Its unique blend of individual brilliance and a wide variety of rules makes cricket a sport that continues to delight fans. Whether played in the stadiums or gullies in local neighborhoods, cricket remains a game that unites people with a shared passion for the sport.

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