I grew up on baseball and always consider it the superior team sport on this planet, although I also love all of the other North American sports too, plus soccer. As for cricket, until last year, I’d really only watched the World Cup matches with my South Asian friends. But lately I’ve been watching the cricket channel Willow, which comes free as part of my cable package. I must say that the game is addictive and the skill level of the players is very impressive.
The fielding - these guys have cat-like reflexes even after standing around in the field for hours straight. They’ve sometimes stood around for hours in the hot sun without a chance to catch a ball, but when it comes, they invariably pounce on on it, and barehanded no less. This is with a ball that’s harder and heavier than a baseball. And I’ve yet to see an injury. Bowlers sometimes have balls hit right back at them, as they are actually still running towards the batter, and they seem to almost always catch the ball… Sometimes even after jumping or diving for it.
The batting - if he’s not one of the 2 openers, the next batter has to be ready to start batting anywhere between a minute to over an hour from the time of the last out. And these guys that have been sitting around waiting to bat for hours seem to come right out and start swinging, especially in T20 or ODI’s. And one mistake at the bat and your day is done. Somehow these guys sometimes bat for hours and score over 100 runs. This is with a ball that swerves in the air bounces and twists, coming at them. However, the batters running is sometimes comical. For all their skill, many can’t seem to figure out not to get in each other’s way when running past each other.
Dinner time… To be continued