1. Cricket is a little like baseball, but totally different in almost every way.
(I’m not sure why these men have their hands in the air, but I can only imagine it has something to do with stumps or wickets or something.)
4. Like baseball, you hit a ball, and there are fielders who try to catch it and throw you out.
7. Except in cricket, the bases are called wickets, and there’s only two of them, and you run back and forth between them like madmen.
(These guys are either running between wickets or celebrating. It’s impossible to say for sure.)
8. There’s also something called a popping crease. I think it’s the line the batter stands behind when he bats? Whatever it is, it sounds gross.
9. Also, for some reason, there are two batters on the field at once, and they both run in opposite directions when one of them hits the ball? No idea why.
10. (Also, batters are called batsmen, which makes them sound like they’re super-heroes.)
11. Like baseball, cricket has cleanup hitters that come in later in the line-up called “nightwatchmen,” which, again, make them sound like super-heroes.
12. You score more points the more times you run back and forth between the bases, which I think you can usually only do once or twice before the outfielders throw the ball back in.
14. Inside-the-park home runs are worth four points in cricket, and proper home runs are worth six points.
15. Outs are called “ducks” in cricket, and there are special ducks depending on the situation like golden ducks and silver ducks.
(While the man in this photo is indeed ducking, this is not a “duck.” He’s just trying not to get hit by that fast-moving ball.)
18. Unlike a pitcher, who stands on the pitching mound and uses finely crafted movements to precisely throw a ball, a bowler gets a running start from clear out in the outfield and aggressively hurls the ball overhand as hard as humanly possible.
19. I think the bowler is aiming to hit the wicket behind the batsman. If they can manage to hit the wicket, I’m pretty sure the batsman is out.
20. So instead of aiming for a strike zone, the bowler is just trying to knock these little sticks called “bails” off of the bigger sticks called “stumps.” Feels a little primitive to me.
21. Except, the batsman is standing directly in front of the wicket, so mostly the bowlers are hurling these balls at like 90mph right at the batsman’s head.
(That explains the big goofy gloves and shin guards.)
22. So instead of getting a big swing and rocketing the ball out the park, batsman are mostly just using the bat to protect themselves so most of the time the ball just sort of bounces off.
25. If one of the fielders doesn’t like the call the ump makes, they can shout “howzat!?” as a legitimate way to challenge the call and stop play.
27. When a batter gets thrown or bowled out, the next batsman comes in. There are ten batsmen in total. When all ten are thrown or bowled out, the round is over. (That might be what an inning is in cricket?)
(I couldn’t find a good way to illustrate these rules, so here’s a seagull eating a Cheezle on a cricket field. I’m not sure how many points that’s worth.)