3. First, the bowler (pitcher) bowls the ball to the batsman (hitter)
Firstly, the batsman (‘batter’ sounds so undignified, don’t you think?) is CLEARLY supposed to stand in front of the wicket. And… Wait, what do you mean, ‘What’s a wicket?’ Good Lord! It’s three sticks stuck in the ground behind the batsman, with two more across the top. OBVIOUSLY.
Anyway, the batsman is SUPPOSED to hold his bat to the side—not over his shoulder. Ridiculous!
By bouncing the ball before it reaches the batsman, a bowler actually can put rotations on the ball that are more difficult for the batsman to hit (like a curve ball… but we call it a ‘Googly’, a flipper, an off- or leg-break). The bowler’s aim is to hit the wicket (that’s the five sticks, remember?) before the batsman can hit the ball. If the bowler does hit the wicket, the batsman is out!! This is called being bowled out, and it’s similar to striking out in your baseball.
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