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How to Play Cricket: A Quick Guide

If you’re looking for a quick cricket guide, then you stumbled upon the right article! 

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world right now. It has millions of fans who tune in to every sports match and it is indeed fun to watch. You might have found yourself wanting to know how to play cricket as you stumble upon a match on your television screen. 

The sport is very much popular in countries like India, Australia, and England. All over the world, there are cricket fans who are very much tuned in to the latest happening in the industry which concerns famous players.  If you ever thought about giving cricket a try, then head over this quick cricket guide that we prepared for you. Who knows, you may already know how to play cricket after you read through this guide! 

Basics Stuff needed

Before you start playing cricket, you must first become familiarized with the things that will be needed to make a game possible. In cricket, there are things needed for you and for the game. 

For the game, you’ll need the following: 

  • 2 sets of wickets – Wickets are comprised of three wooden stumps that are ideally 28 inches tall.  These stumps are placed equidistant with one another as the bails are placed on the top of the stumps. 
  • Ball – A white ball is used for T20s and ODIs while a red ball is used for Test matches. A white ball is used in the limited-overs format because of the fact that it may be seen clearer at night time rather than a red ball. Lately, pink balls are being introduced for Test matches. 
  • Bat – A bat is needed by the batsmen to hit the ball after it has been bowled. 

You also need some stuff for yourself before you start to play cricket such as: 

  • Protective pads
  • Gloves
  • Helmet


Each team is comprised of 11 players each. A fielding team has 11 players on the field while the batting team is only allowed to have 2 players at a time. 

  • Fielding team 

The bowling team or the fielding team’s main goal is to let the ball hit the wickets. Aside from that, their goal is to eliminate the batsmen as soon as possible to prevent them from scoring too many runs. 

  • Batting Team 

The batting team’s main goal is to score as many runs as possible. Aside from that, one of their goals is to avoid being eliminated while protecting the wickets from being hit by the balls that are bowled by the opposing team. 

Game procedure 

The game starts off with a coin toss between the two teams. The team who wins the toss then decides if they would want to bat or bowl first. 

For example, team A won the toss and decided to bowl first. Then the game starts with team A as the bowling team and team B as the batting team. 

Team A will have one of their players as a bowler and another player will stand behind the wickets to work as the wicket-keeper. The rest of team A will be on the field (thus called the fielding team) to catch the ball before it falls down to the ground. Based on the cricket format being followed, the bowler will bowl the fixed number of overs that he/she is required to throw. After the number of overs had been completed by a single bowler, a different one will serve as a replacement. 

Team B, on the other hand, serves as the batting team. The batting team has two batsmen on the field — a striking batsman and a non-striking batsman. The striking batsman will attempt to hit the ball after it has been bowled. While the ball is in flight, the two batsmen run back and forth the pitch to score some runs. They may be eliminated from the game in several ways. Once eliminated, they will be replaced by another batsman. 

Once all the balls had been bowled by the batting team or once all of the batsmen had been eliminated, the two teams will switch roles. 


A match-winner is determined by who gets to score more runs and take down most wickets. Runs are literally scored based on the number of runs that had been made by the batsmen. Four runs will automatically be given to a team once the ball is hit hard enough to reach the boundaries. If the ball happens to exceed the boundaries, an automatic count if six runs will be added to the team’s total. 

Joe Maillet

Joe Maillet is an avid reader and a writer by heart. He is an author, freelance writer and a contributor writer, who write articles and blogs for various leading online media publications and for CEO and entrepreneurs from across the world. He keeps himself updated with the latest marketing trends and always recognized in the industry for providing solutions to B2B and B2C businesses.