Cricket is a team sport where players on a field take turns to bat and bowl, and attempt to score runs. Cricket began as a Children’s game in the mid 14th century England in forest or sheep clearings. Two teams of 11 players attempt to hit a ball around an oval cricket ground, and run to one or past all three stumps to score a run. When not batting, teams attempt to catch and throw the ball at a stump before an opposing player can reach it or run home. Cricket is also similar to other sports like baseball and squash.

When was cricket invented?

Cricket is an English sport that has been played since the late 16th century and became the nation's sport in the 18th century. Globally the sport taking becoming well known in the 19th century and become the 2nd most popular sport behind soccer.

How do you play cricket?

Cricket is played with a bat and a ball on a large oval field with two teams of 11 players. The goal is to score runs when the bowler pitches the ball to the striker and hopes to score a run before he gets out by the fielding team.

What is an over in cricket?

An over is six consecutive valid balls that are pitched by the bowler from one end of the pitch to the player (striker) on the other end of the pitch. This is usually done by the same bowler.

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Chris Gayle
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Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle was the captain of West Indies in international cricket games. He is famous for being West Indies' most capped player in international cricket, in Twenty20 (T20) as the greatest batsmen, for pulling off a triplet of centuries, comprising a hundred in Twenty20 International (T20Is), double hundred in One Day International (ODIs), and triple hundred in Test cricket. Gayle's small stature did not inhibit him from impressing in the field, gaining fame for his characteristic hitting and timing. He is also the first cricketer among those who have scored centuries in all compositions of cricket. He has scored two T20I centuries, twenty-five ODIs, and fifteen Tests.

Chris Gayle has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

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Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle was the captain of West Indies in international cricket games. He is famous for being West Indies' most capped player in international cricket. His small stature did not inhibit him from impressing in the field, gaining fame for his hitting and timing.

Chris Gayle has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

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Nationality: Jamaica

Years Active: 1998-2019

Birthday
September 21, 1979

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Cricket Ball
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The Cricket Ball is a ball for playing cricket, usually very solid. Its manufacture is regulated at the high-level by cricket laws to avoid manipulation. The ball is made of leather covering a cork core wrapped with strings, and its trajectory will depend on how the bowler strikes it through the air. The cricket ball has traditionally been red in all Test cricket while white in one-day cricket matches, though training and informal cricket matches use red, white, or pink balls. Cricket balls are hit with lots of force such that it alters the properties of the ball, which can influence the result of a match.

Cricket Balls have a diameter between 2.8”-2.86” (7.1-7.26 cm) and circumference from 8.81”-9” (224-229 mm). The mass of a Cricket Ball is between 5.5-5.75 oz (156-163 g).

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The Cricket Ball is a ball for playing cricket, usually very solid. Its manufacture is regulated at the high-level by cricket laws to avoid manipulation. The ball is made of leather covering a cork core wrapped with strings, and its trajectory will depend on how the bowler strikes it through the air

Cricket Balls have a diameter between 2.8”-2.86” (7.1-7.26 cm) and circumference from 8.81”-9” (224-229 mm). The mass of a Cricket Ball is between 5.5-5.75 oz (156-163 g).

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Circumference: 8.81”-9” | 224-229 mm

Materials: Cork core; leather exterior case
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Wasim Akram
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Wasim Akram is respected as among architects and proponents of reverse swing bowling during his reign as Pakistan's cricketer and national cricket team captain. Currently, he is a Pakistan cricket commentator and coach. Wasim was once the finest bowler in cricket history, hence called "Sultan of Swing" as his bowl had a robust pace considering he was left-handed. Wasim brags being a record holder in A-List cricket for most wickets plus speed and hostility in bowling, excellent control of the line and length, and for his seam and swing bowling skills. He was admitted into the famous International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Hall of Fame besides being given the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Pakistan government for his cricket achievements.

Wasim Akram has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

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Wasim Akram is respected as among architects and proponents of reverse swing bowling during his reign as Pakistan's cricketer and national cricket team captain. Currently, he is a Pakistan cricket commentator and coach. Wasim was once the finest bowler in cricket history, called "Sultan of Swing."

Wasim Akram has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

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Nationality: Pakistan

Years Active: 1984-2003

Birthday
June 3, 1966

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be your best bet if you seek cricket captains with several accomplishments and trophies. Mahendra Singh Dhoni once captained Indian in a reduced capacity in Test cricket, winning the 2007 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, two Asia Cups, ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, and ICC Championship Trophy in 2013 and being the best wicket-keeper batsman. His accomplishments include being a double ICC One Day International (ODI) Player of the Year, and receiving awards like the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. He owns several captaincy records compared to other Indian captains in both ODI and Twenty20 International (T20Is), comprising three ICC limited-overs trophies.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

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India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be your best bet if you seek cricket captains with several accomplishments and trophies. Mahendra Singh Dhoni once captained Indian in a reduced capacity in Test cricket, winning the 2007 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, two Asia Cups, and more.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

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Years Active: 2004-2019

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July 7, 1981

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Rahul Dravid
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India's Rahul Dravid was the only captain and former cricketer of the Indian national team to have awards and titles as a cricket player and coach. As the head coach for the under-19 team, he received the U-19 Cricket World Cup in 2018, and as a player, he was famous for his sound battling technique receiving the name "The Wall or The Great Wall." He has earned The Test Player of the Year and Best Player of the Year awards earlier. In Test cricket, he is a record holder for most catches. He gained admission into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame and honored with the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards because of these field successes.

Rahul Dravid has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

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India's Rahul Dravid was the only captain and former cricketer of the Indian national team to have awards and titles as a cricket player and coach. As the head coach for the under-19 team, he received the U-19 Cricket World Cup in 2018. Rahul was famous for his sound battling technique.

Rahul Dravid has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

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Years Active: 1996-2012

Birthday
January 11, 1973

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