For those in the western hemisphere, more technically settled in the Americas, cricket is something of a mystifying game. Because they are familiar with baseball they automatically assume that playing with a bat and ball automatically equals to Baseball; which is not the case. As someone who has been to all types of games can attest to, each game has its perks and failures; yes even in football. So for one who wants to venture into games with history, here is a guide to cricket.
Batters/ Batsmen- There are always two of them in the field and they take turns hitting the ball; in most cases. When one has hit the ball then run to the other wicket (the two sets of three poles in the middle). And when the over (a set of six balls) has ended then the batsman has to change sides.
Bowler- One bowler does a set of six balls (an over) and then the team captain can decide to run him again for the next over or change the bowler. There are different types; fast bowlers, spin bowlers, doosra bowlers, pace bowlers, medium-fast bowlers, swing bowlers and so on.
Fielders- The rest of the team (of the bowler’s side) placed strategically in the field to catch balls and stop the batters from making a boundary.
Boundaries and scores- Usually scores depend on how many runs a batsman can complete (how many times they can run from one end of the wicket to the other). A boundary can be either a four or a six. A four is when the ball reaches the line marking in the edge of the ground (a rope set in a circle) while touching the ground. A six is when the ball goes past the boundary without touching the ground at all. If a four boundary is scored while the ball does not touch the bat or the hand holding the bat then the score is added as extra; this does not apply to sixes as any sixes scored without touching the bat or the hand with the bat are not given as scores or boundaries.  Keep an eye on the electronic cricket scoreboard to keep up.
Wicket; This equals to when the fielder touches the base or tags the batter-runner before reaching base. A wicket is essential an ‘out’ for the batsman. A wicket is considered an out when the bails (tiny pieces of wood set on top of the three poles in groves) flies off its groove. Usually the manual or electronic scoreboard displays the wicket and in cases where the reviews are taken, the decision. For more info about electronic scoreboard, visit
Types of balls-
Bouncer: Balls balled for the pure purpose of intimidating the batsman by bouncing and then flying past the batsman’s head in too-close-for-security proximity.
Golden Duck: When the batsman gets out on his first ball.
Diamond duck: When the first batsman of the innings gets out in the first ball.
Duck: When the batsman gets out without scoring at all.
Cricket is relatively easy to keep up with; and just like any game when the person next to you stands up and shouts then you do too.