I am from the U.S., and until 10 days ago the only thing I knew about cricket was that the players wore white. And even that I found out was wrong except for certain games.
But I have just returned from vacation in Barbados. I went there to attend the Barbados Gold Cup, the Caribbean’s biggest horse racing event, and my husband played golf. I had never even heard of the Cricket World Cup, so you can imagine my surprise to find myself in the center of the cricket world. I decided to use the chance learn something new, and found the whole thing very interesting. And since I have been home I have even been following the games over the internet, something I would not have ever imagined doing.
I attended the warm up match of Scotland and Sri Lanka. ( I am going to try to use the correct terms, I keep having to replace game with match, but I am still very new to this so feel free to correct me if I get them wrong). We were invited to attend the match when I met some people from England, New Zealand and Scotland the evening of the Gold Cup. I was quite excited because I had met some cricket players earlier that day at the race, and joked that when they won the World Cup, the picture I had taken with the three players, including the team’s captain, would be worth a fortune considering how crazy everyone there was about all things cricket.
You never heard a group of grown men laugh so hard. They laughed and laughed, would stop and take a breath and laugh some more. They repeated my story up and down the bar, eventually everyone had heard it and was also laughing.
When their hysterics died down, they finally explained to me what was so funny. I had met some of the players from Scotland’s team. Not being a follower of cricket, I had no idea they had no chance to win. So I got a crash course about minnows and how the nice young lads I had met actually had other jobs and were basically amatuers, going against the world’s professionals.
And then on Monday I attended the first warm up match, and continued my education. Just learning all the new terms was a task, but in time I somewhat understood the scoring, and had the very basics down. I learned our group was just hoping to hold the Sri Lanka team to under 300. When that happened our group was pleased. They explained that their best hope was that Scotland didn’t get slaughtered in their matches and set new records for losing margins. And they prayed they might have a shot at beating the Netherlands. One win against the Netherlands and they would feel quite good about the whole thing. But a complete shut out would not suprise them.
I can say my uneducated cricket eye was very impressed with Sri Lanka’s Murally’s (Muttiah Muralitharan) bowling. He most definately stood out among the others. It was really something to see.
And it was funny, not only had I been expecting the teams to be wearing white, I also had the idea that all the players played the entire game in the pads, gloves, etc. that the batsmen wear. I guess I got that idea from pictures, but it is funny to imagine that now.
So from my limited experience on the island, I am hoping to see the West Indies team do well. The Bajans were quietly optimitic about their team. Not really feeling they had the level of players at this time some of the other teams had, but they felt the home support would be a plus and they might surprise some of the other teams.
I also will be rooting for Sri Lanka. I wish I was able to see how more competive teams handle Murally’s bowling, and how their batsmen do against others.
And of course I will be hoping that some other teams now get beat by more than Australia’s pounding of Scotland. And a Scotland win over the Netherlands would also make my day.
I am glad you started a thread on this. A you can imagine, no one here has any interest in talking about cricket, so I am glad I have a place to see what others are thinking about the matches.
Good luck to all!