- Batting & Bowling Conditions
A cricket batsman can’t just walk out and smash the ball. Also, batters in baseball bat once per innings, just as they do in cricket – but they don’t face nearly as many deliveries as a cricketer does.
As for the bowlers—they don’t have the luxury of standing in one spot to deliver the ball. Fast bowlers run in, on average, 25 yards (22m) every delivery. In a day where a bowler sends down 15 overs (with 6 balls in each over), they’ve run 2250 yards (1980m). And it’s not just a jog, either—every ounce of energy the bowler has goes into each delivery.
Both batting and bowling require a lot of patience, perseverance, guts, and a huge amount of skill—and for that reason, we believe that cricket is a much, much harder game to play than baseball.
A cricket ball is heavier than a baseball. A standard cricket ball weighs between 5.5 and 5.75 ounces (155.9 and 163 grams) while a standard baseball weighs in at 5.25 ounces (142 and 149 grams). Throw in the added element of catching the ball with bare hands – this makes cricket significantly more demanding due to the reduce margin of error as human hands are significantly smaller than baseball mitts.
3. General Playing Conditions
Not only do cricketers have to contend with the rules of the game, they also have to contend with different playing conditions that can have a dramatic affect on the game.
An overcast day, for example, can change the way a game will be played by giving the ball more ‘swing’ through the air, making life tough for the batsman. Playing all day in the hot sun can drain a player, especially if he’s out batting all day.
But it’s not only the weather that can have an effect—the pitch conditions also have a major impact on the game. The groundsmen can prepare a pitch to be fast, slow, offer something to the swing bowlers, or give the pitch some turn, which helps out the spin bowlers.
And then there’s the outfield. If it’s dry and fast, the batsmen won’t have to run as much—but the fielders will. If it’s damp and slow, the batsmen have a long day of running ahead of them. The conditions don’t play nearly as big a part in baseball as they do in cricket.
4. Number of Ways to Be Given Out
There are twice as many ways to get out in cricket as there are in baseball, which means that a batsman has to be constantly on his guard.
In baseball, there are five ways to get a batter out—a strikeout, groundout (running a batter out), force out (when a batter is attempting to steal base), flyout (getting caught), and tag out (tagging a batter between bases). So there are five things a batter has to be aware of when he’s stepping up to the plate.
In cricket, there are ten ways a batsman can be dismissed. Getting bowled, caught, LBW (getting struck on the pads in front of the wickets), stumped by the wicket-keeper, hit wicket (accidentally striking the wickets with your bat), hitting the ball twice, obstructing the path of a fielder, handling the ball, or being timed out (taking too long to get out to bat). The batsmen need to keep all of this in mind while trying to score as many runs as possible.
5. Running with Protective Gear
In both baseball and cricket, the batsman has to physically run to score (home runs and boundaries aside). The fundamental difference, though, is that the cricketer has to do his running with the weight from all of his pads. We’re talking leg pads, thigh guard, helmet, arm guard, gloves, box and of course, the bat itself—all of which make running a difficult task.
In baseball, the batsman just hits the ball and makes a mad dash for first base – usually only wearing his helmet and box. The maximum number of times a batter would have to run off one hit in baseball is four times—from home plate to home plate. In cricket, the batsman keeps batting (and running) until he’s out.
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