Fort Wayne, Indiana USA, 3rd July 2016: For many players on the Fort Wayne Warriors cricket team, being able to play the game means a lot because of where they’re from.
Sagar Govani, 25, is originally from India and found opportunities to play in Connecticut and while attending college at Purdue before moving to Fort Wayne and joining the team.
“Most of us are from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” Govani said. “They’re trying to make it popular, but it’s a slowly growing sport in America. We love playing. I’ve played ever since I was 5 years old and when I found out they had it here, I was amazed.”
The game is played on a circular field allowing players to try to hit the ball in any direction and the objective is to hit the ball and score runs.
“A lot of times when people describe cricket, they compare it to baseball,” Govani said. “If you can learn baseball, you can learn cricket. It’s not very difficult. You have to hit the ball and try to score as many points as you can.”
Each team is made up of 11 players. The bowler throws the ball and the striker tries to protect the wicket while also hitting the ball well enough to score runs. The striker and non-striker then run back and forth from end to end, scoring runs.
In test cricket, there are two innings (instead of nine) with each team getting 10 outs each (instead of three).
If the ball is hit and crosses a boundary, four runs are awarded if the ball bounces before it crosses or six runs if it didn’t bounce.
To be out, the ball can be caught (like in baseball), bowled out when the bowler hits the wickets directly with the ball or leg before wicket, when the ball hits the batsman’s leg and had their leg not been there, the ball would have hit the wicket.
A run-out can occur if the ball is fielded quickly and a wicket is put down while the striker or non-striker is out of their ground.
Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world behind soccer.