When cricket?

The sport of cricket has a well-known history that began in the late 16th century. Originally from the south-east of England, it became an established sport in the. Early cricket · 18th century cricket · 19th century cricket · 20th century cricket. There is consensus in the opinion of experts that the cricket may have been invented during the Saxon or Norman times by children who lived in Weald, an area of dense forests and clearings in the south-east of England.

The first reference to cricket being practiced as a sport for adults was in 1611, and that same year, a dictionary defined cricket as a child's game. There is also the idea that cricket may have been derived from bowling, due to the intervention of a batter who tries to prevent the ball from reaching its target by hitting it. But in most of the former Commonwealth, cricket is a mass game. This is especially true in South Asia, a cricket-crazed country, where last year's match between India and Pakistan was hailed as a sign of the warming of the cold relationship between the two countries (until, that is, India suggested that it would side with Pakistan in the fight against the ball).

And most cricketers would say that the game is much more dynamic and dangerous than baseball. To begin with, a cricket ball weighs half an ounce more than the ball used in the American game. With a cork core, wrapped in layers of twine and cork chips, and wrapped in a bright red leather sheath (sometimes called cherry), a cricket ball is a fearsome projectile when thrown at a batter. Unlike baseball, the bowler (the equivalent of the thrower) is in mid-flight after running up to 30 steps before throwing the ball.

You don't usually go bowling in the air either; it's a full shot and is considered easy to hit. Much more often, the ball bounces off the ground, whose turf has generally been trimmed and rolled to a hardness similar to concrete, and can rise to the batter's head like a gorilla or bumper. Balls were recorded at 95 miles per hour or more (as fast as a major league fastball); before the introduction of safety helmets in the 1970s, it wasn't uncommon for batters to be knocked down or seriously injured by goalkeepers. They say you have to be born in cricket.

An American friend once described it as “baseball in Valium”.