Greetings to all my readers. Today is my last article as I am going into a winter hibernation until late July/August. This post was written by a dear cousin of mine who truly knows his sport!
Enjoy the read!
So the topic is cricket, a sport that I have grown up playing and watching so I have grown to love it and yes I do consider myself a bit of a cricket guru. Now I am fully aware of the fact that cricket is not everybody’s cup of tea so to speak and I can understand where they are coming from, but if you understand the sport then I would find it very strange if you did not enjoy it, whether you watch it or play it.
Cricket originated in South-east England in the 16th century and by the 18th century, it had become England’s national sport. Globally, it has grown rapidly throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. International cricket matches have been played since 1844. Test cricket became recognized in 1877 and has since become the worlds’ second most popular spectator sport after football.
I think that cricket has become so popular because it allows spectators to get involved whether they are watching live or sitting in their living rooms at home, we have all watched a cricket game where we end up on the edge of our seats.
I will refer you to the famous “438” game between South Africa and Australia and now with the recently introduced 20/20 cricket (20 overs per innings) short and sweet, I feel that there will be a lot more cricket followers to come as the game becomes a lot more action packed making it loads of fun no matter your age.
Getting chosen to represent a country works on a performance base.
Unfortunately, like with any type of sport, cricket does have its ups and downs and one of the big issues facing the cricketing world is the whole match-fixing problem. Personally, there is nothing worse than playing against a cheater, if that is how you want to play the game then go and find another sport or activity to disgrace but not cricket, such an amazing and elegant sport, what these match-fixers are doing are pretty much stealing from the true supporters of this spectacular game. These people are pretty much criminals trying to earn a pretty penny by cheating, that to me is one of the worst things a human being can do and what is even worse is that they are involving the players that keep us entertained and become role models to young cricket lovers, nobody wants to look up to someone who is going to cheat their way through their career.
I have played many cricket matches in my life and I can honestly say that there are very few things that feel better than taking an important wicket or hitting the winning runs or taking an absolute “blinder” of a catch so to speak. One of my favourite cricketing memories it must be said, we were playing a 20/20 match and I was batting at number 4, by the 8th over however the last batsman was at the crease with me, so as he came out to bat I told him “there is no way we are winning this game, so just enjoy yourself” and at this time it happened to be about 35 degrees on a Sunday afternoon, him and I proceeded to stand at the crease for the next 12 overs just nudging the ball around the field for singles with the occasional boundary here and there, by the end of the 14th over I went up to him and said to him let’s make these guys suffer in the sun until the end, even though it was just a social game, I do not think I have witnessed such frustration from the fielding side as I did that day, needless to say, we all had a good chuckle about it after the game.
People also seem to forget that you can still get runout off of a no-ball or wide. One of the strangest things I have come across is figuring out that the wicket keeper does not actually need gloves. However, at least one of your fielders has to be in possession of gloves, it sounds so silly when you say it but yes that was one of the weirdest things for me to learn about this weird and wonderful game.
That is it for my first guest post.
Thanks for reading!
A very big thank you to Kelly Matthee for asking me to do this post – Much appreciated and I am looking forward to more posts in the near future.
About the Author
Tyrone Matthee is an avid sports enthusiast and sportsman. He enjoys cricket, golf and soccer. He studies marketing at UNISA.