Scoring in cricket is a fundamental aspect of the game that allows players and teams to keep track of their performance and progress. In this blog post, we will explore the basics of scoring in cricket, including how runs are scored, how wickets are taken, and how different forms of cricket use different scoring systems.
How Runs Are Scored
In cricket, runs are scored when a batsman hits the ball and runs between the wickets. The batsman can score one run for each time he runs from one end of the pitch to the other, and can score additional runs if the ball goes to the boundary (4 runs) or over the boundary (6 runs) without touching the ground. The batting team can continue to score runs until 10 of their players are out or they reach a pre-determined number of overs.
How Wickets Are Taken
In cricket, a wicket is taken when a bowler successfully hits the wicket with the ball and the batsman is out. There are several ways in which a wicket can be taken, including bowled (where the ball hits the wicket directly), caught (where a fielder catches the ball before it hits the ground), run out (where a fielder hits the wicket with the ball while the batsman is running between the wickets), stumped (where the wicket-keeper removes the bails with the ball while the batsman is out of his crease), and lbw (where the ball hits the batsman's leg before hitting the wicket and the umpire determines that the ball would have hit the wicket had it not hit the batsman's leg).
Different Scoring Systems in Different Forms of Cricket
There are several different forms of cricket, each with its own unique scoring system. Test cricket, for example, is played over 5 days and allows both teams to bat twice, with the team that scores the most runs over both innings declared the winner. One Day International (ODI) cricket, on the other hand, is played over a single day and allows each team to bat for a maximum of 50 overs, with the team that scores the most runs declared the winner. T20 cricket is played over 20 overs per team, with the team that scores the most runs declared the winner.
Scoring is an integral part of the game of cricket, allowing players and teams to keep track of their progress and performance. Understanding the basics of scoring in cricket, including how runs are scored and how wickets are taken, is crucial for players and fans alike. By understanding the different scoring systems used in different forms of cricket, we can better appreciate the nuances and complexities of this fascinating and highly strategic sport.