5 Steps to Be a Successful Cricket Captain 920x425 - 5 STEPS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL CRICKET CAPTAIN

Just like the game of soccer, cricket is played by two teams of 11 players. The team that scores the most runs in its innings wins the match.

Though cricket is a team game, the outcome of the game will depend significantly on the experience of the captain, how he chose to approach the game and specifically, the effectiveness of his on-field decision making.

This is because unlike team captains in other sports, the cricket captain has more responsibilities. He plays active roles during team selection and also decides on the team’s batting order.

He makes other important decisions like setting the field positions, calling the toss and also selecting the perfect bowler and all these play an important role in winning the match.

To become a successful captain, one must possess certain attributes. Luckily, I have compiled 5 steps that will help you to become one.

So let get started.

Learn the rules of the game

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To able to lead effectively, a cricket captain has to learn all the rules of the game and its intricacies. This is necessary because the game has lots of rules and it is not possible to win games without following those rules.

So learning these rules will enable him to make the right decisions that will help the team to win.

Inspire Confidence

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Confidence is required to win the game of cricket. It is the state of being certain about your abilities, qualities and judgments.

To be successful, a captain should be able to inspire this, both in the players and in the team no matter how hopeless the situation is,

Again, he should also build their confidence in him.

Develop your communication skills

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A game of cricket requires too many on-field decisions and the responsibility falls squarely on the team captain.

So the captain should be able to communicate his decisions effectively to the team without rising any dissenting voices and maintain better communication between the team and the coach. This is crucial in building team cohesion and relationship.

Now, to be a successful captain, it is important you develop your communication skills.

Be active on the field

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In cricket, the captain is basically the most important player on the field. How active he is on the field will definitely impact the outcome of the game.

So successful captains don’t shy away from responsibilities; they tackle challenges head-on as they arise, maintain discipline on the field and they keep the team united and inspired.

These are important in winning games.

Learn to be strategic

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For a cricket captain, learning the rules of the game isn’t just enough. He should also learn how to use those rules, the condition of the pitch and the weather strategically to win games.

He should also understand both the strengths and weaknesses of his players as individuals and the team as a unit and then learn how to use these according to the dictates of the game.

Wrapping it up

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There is no hard rule on how to become a successful cricket captain.

However, following this couple of steps will give you the right push to become one.

 

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It is not an easy feat when it comes to identifying the best cricketers of all time because each player was unique in his own way. Most of the cricketers mentioned in this article came and disrupted the gentleman’s game by changing it in more ways than one. Many took the game to the next level and etched their names in the sands of time forever by setting records and benchmarks that remain unbroken even today.
Therefore, here are the top five cricket players of all time in no particular order:

  1. Sachin Tendulkar

Lovers of Cricket consider Sachin one of the greatest batsmen of all time. This Indian batsman, who remains the highest scorer in International cricket made his debut when he was 16 years old. Sachin, who is a right-handed batsman referred to as the “god of Cricket” is the only Cricket player who scored 100 international centuries. The “Master Blaster” has set records that thus far remain unbroken in the game of Cricket.

  1. Donald Bradman

“The Don” as he was fondly called by Cricket enthusiasts is arguably the greatest batsman ever to walk the planet. Sir Donald Bradman’s batting average in Test Cricket was an unbelievable 99.94 which is an achievement that has not been matched in any other competitive physical activity. His dexterity in the game of Cricket led to the coinage of a word “Bradmanesque” which is synonymous to remarkable excellence.
The Don has a Wisden rating of 1,349 and the top Test batsman, outranking Sachin by an astonishing 349 points. He has 117 First Class Cricket centuries and 29 Test Cricket to his name.

  1. Brian Lara

The former West Indies batsman is believed to be one of the greatest batsmen to wield a bat in the game of Cricket. The left-handed Cricket player holds the world record for the highest runs in a First Class Cricket match.
Brian holds the highest score in one Test inning and scored 501 not out in 1994 and 400 not out in 2004.
He played in 131 Test, 299 ODI, 261 First Class, and 429 List A Cricket matches, batting an impressive average of 40.48 in ODI and 52.88 in Test Cricket respectively. Lara also scored 19 and 34 centuries correspondingly in the two formats. He received the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for two successive years.

  1. Vivian Richards

Sir Vivian Richards is another former West Indies batsman who has made his mark in the game of Cricket and is arguably among the greatest batsmen in the world. Vivian is believed to have played the best ODI innings ever, and this feat is recognized and acknowledged by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Vivian is the first cricketer in ODI format to have achieved 20 Man of the Match awards and is ranked among the 5 Wisden Cricketers of the Century. The right-handed batsman has also played 121 Test Cricket and 187 ODI matches with averages of 50.23 and 47 respectively.
Richards is also known as one of the most prolific bowlers ever as he took 118 wickets in ODI with just two 5 wicket hauls.

  1. Shahid Afridi

He is considered the best captain Pakistan ever had as he holds a world record of 100 runs of 37 balls. Popularly nicknamed “Boom Boom,” Afridi holds the world record of the fastest century ever with more than 6,000 runs in ODIs and more than 300 wickets. In the Cricket World Cup of 2011, Afridi displayed an extraordinary bowling performance that has continued to mark him as one of the greatest cricketers in the world.

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The main idea of cricket is to score more runs than the opposition. But, that may be impossible if you are not good enough with your footwork.

It is important that a batsman’s game is built around a solid defense and technical proficiency because in cricket, batting successfully is from a technical viewpoint, with the odd rare exception, really about one vital thing – and that is footwork.

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Batting, however, is about moving the body in reaction to a moving ball. Once in the right position, it is only then that relevance to hitting the ball applies, to stroke the ball into a gap in the field. The emphasis is to focus on what is required to execute the proper movement to a moving ball. To move athletically, you must use your feet and to get the best out of your feet, the weight must be on the ball of each foot, for that is where the energy, the springy muscle is and not the arch or the heel. Often the toes are referred to, yet it is, in fact, the ball of the foot, the round, sinewy area at the base of the big toe, that is the most vital part of the body when it comes to batting.

One thing is that good batting does not require immense power. Indeed, most of history’s greatest batsmen have been small of stature but balls are being hit most effectively with exquisite timing based around good footwork, and It is the ball of the foot, the round, sinewy area at the base of the big toe which is the most vital part of the body when it comes to batting

How do you improve your footwork?

  1. In conventional batting, you do not step to the leg-side. The on-drive, leg glance, and straight drive are played with a shorter step than the off or cover drives.
  2. The back foot should always move back and across towards off-stump, with the toes pointing as appropriate in a 90-degree arc for the square cut through to the pull or leg glance.
  3. And now for the most important part, the actual footwork needed to scoring run is staying long periods at the crease. Remember, the stance is set to know where the off stump is and to be poised to move. Then the ball is released, and the eyesight picks up the movement of the ball. As it does, the brain sends a signal to the feet and body to move, and both feet becomes the key here.

With all the best players, both feet are moving in some way even subtly, to every ball they face. Even when they leave the ball, the best players will use both feet to ensure that they know fully where the ball is about the stumps.

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If the shot felt good, and the result is satisfactory, it is more than likely down to good footwork, but if you lose balance when playing the stroke, it will almost certainly be the result of poor footwork.

That is why at practice, you should check the position of your feet after all strokes. In this way, you can be the best batsman around and become your coach.

 

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Cricket doesn’t have to be confusing; it is a game with one of the most straightforward rules in the world of sports. All you need to do – at the basic level, that is – is to hit the ball with the bat and chase the ball. Then rinse and repeat, literally.

The basics

Each Cricket game is split into what is known as innings; each team of eleven players gets to bat while the opposing team bowls. Each inning is split into “overs” which consist of groups of six deliveries one after the other by one bowler from a specific end. With every “over,” batting duties rotate.

The Cricket team with the most runs is declared the winner at the end of the game.

Cricket Players and the Gear

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A game of Cricket requires a cricket ball, a bat, and two sets of long wooden stakes or stumps. A cricket ball is usually made of cork and then covered with leather. To play professionally, a Cricket player must wear protective gear such as gloves, helmet, groin guards, etc.

A Cricket team consists of eleven players, and the game is played between two teams. Each team of eleven players consists of bowlers, a wicketkeeper, expert batsmen, and all-rounders. Officials that oversee a game of tournament are:

  • A match referee that officiates the game
  • Two on-field umpires
  • One off-field umpire

The Pitch

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The gentleman’s game is usually played on a grassy playing field. There is a 22-yard strip at the center of the playing field known as the “pitch” or the “wicket.” Most of the action of the game takes place around this place.

Three wooden stumps lodged into the ground mark either end of the wicket. Two small wooden pieces – known as “bails” – are balanced on top of the stumps.

In professional tournaments, the wooden stumps carry tiny cameras for capturing on-pitch live action as well as vital close-ups.

Format

Cricket is played in three formats at the international level:

Test Cricket

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This is the classic form of Cricket and can be played for up to five days. It is often considered by critics as the true trial of a cricket player’s skill. Test Cricket is played in whites, similar to Wimbledon.

One Day Internationals (ODI)

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This format came into existence in the ‘70s and can be played with colored uniforms.  One Day Internationals are played in two innings of fifty overs, each team facing three hundred deliveries.

Twenty-twenty

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This format was added to the international calendar back in 2005. T20, as it is commonly called, is played in brief or short bursts of twenty overs each. It is action-packed and fast-paced as it is usually brought to an end in less than three hours.

Twenty-twenty Cricket led to the creation of the IPL (Indian Premier League) which is a professional Cricket league that follows the structure of the European football leagues. Some IPL cricketers are known to earn as much as the top football players in Europe because T20 is a money spinner for the Indian Cricket Board and cricketers alike.

The Game

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The gentleman’s game begins with two batsmen heading to the pitch while the opposing team takes position around the field. Batsmen strive to score points by hitting the ball with bats and then running backwards and forward along the wicket.

If the batsman hits the ball and it travels past the boundary line, the batting team is awarded four points automatically. If the ball moves out of the ground limit, however, the batting team receives six points instantly.

Both bowlers and fielders work at “getting out” the batsmen, one by one. Conventional methods employed in dismissing batsmen include:

  • Dislodging stumps
  • Trapping a batsman before the stumps
  • Catching the ball before it touches the ground.

The innings ends as soon as all the batsmen have either been dismissed or when the stipulated period is up.

THE GAME STRUCTURE OF CRICKET 920x425 - THE GAME STRUCTURE OF CRICKET

Cricket – a.k.a. The gentleman’s game – is a bat-and-ball game that is played by two teams, and each team consists of eleven players. There are three formats of Cricket, though each one follows the same basic principles. A cricket match can last for days or play out in just one afternoon. For instance, the traditional format of the game – known as Test Cricket – can be played out over five days, but the newer format of the game – i.e. Twenty-twenty or T20 Cricket – can be finished within hours.

The traditional Cricket game is played over two “innings”, and each team has the same opportunities: bat twice and bowl twice as well. Of course, it doesn’t have to follow this schedule all the time since the Cricket team that bats second can – in theory – bowl the opposing team out twice, having scored sufficient “runs” to win the tournament without necessarily batting again.

To play Cricket, you need to use some “tools”:

  • A cricket bat – this is a flat wooden (willow) blade that 4.25 inches wide and 38 inches long. A handle is spliced into the top of the cricket bat.
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  • Cricket ball – it is made of hard cork and string construction and covered entirely with leather. The ball has one straight central seam, and its hardness and dimensions are similar to that of a baseball.
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Cricket is played on an oval-shaped playing field that measures anywhere between 90 and 150 meters in diameter. The center will be the pitch which is a rectangular strip of hard-packed earth bordered with closely cropped grass surface 20 meters in length.

There are three vertical stumps made of wood – about 1 inch in diameter – and lodged into the ground at each end of the pitch. Two wooden cross-pieces known as “bails” are perched on top of the thigh-length stumps. The entire structure is known as the wicket.

It is the job of the batsman to score “runs” as well as protect the wicket while the bowler’s job is to dismiss the batsman via several means. The most common method to do this is to strike the wicket with the ball, thus dislodging the bails.

Before the match commences, the two cricket captains come together to toss a coin which will decide the order of play. The team that wins the toss will choose whether to field first or bat first.

The fielding team with its entire eleven players will be on the field while only two players from the batting team will be present on the field. The other members of the batting team are positioned off the field, awaiting their respective turn to bat.

The fielding side usually has one wicketkeeper, though they may have several bowlers, any of which can take a turn to bowl.

The bowler runs in and delivers the ball via an over-arm action down the pitch somewhere between 50 and 90 mph. The bowler aims to either hit the stumps or lure the batsman into taking a hit at the ball and into the hands of a fielder.

If the ball hits the wicket or a fielder catches the ball (without touching the ground at all), the batsman is “out,” i.e. he has been dismissed and will be replaced by the next batsman in the team.

Each bowler delivers six “overs” – i.e. a sequence of deliveries – before he rests while another bowler bowls another “over,” but from the other end of the pitch.

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The batsman facing the bowler is “on strike” while the other batsman at the other end of the pitch is the “non-striker.”

The batsman scores a run by striking the ball as soon as it is delivered and runs between the wickets as many times as they can before the fielding team can collect the ball and deliver it back to the center.

The batting team’s target is to score as many “runs” as possible while the bowling team aims to dismiss the batsmen with a minimal concession of runs. Since the eleventh batsman cannot bat alone, the innings comes to an end when the tenth batsman is dismissed.

There is more to this game than it was covered in this article, but this is the game structure of Cricket.