Indoor cricket is quite a derivative of and shares several basic principles with standard cricket. The sport is usually played between two evenly matched teams each containing six or ten players. Like its cousin, this game also relies on the rules of baseball. Two opposite corners of the cricket field are allotted to each team. The matches, which usually last for three wickets, are played at these points. The wickets are usually scored off either by a batsman making an overhead catch or by a wicket falling to the ground in an outfield catch.
Unlike normal baseball, which uses a pitching machine to deliver the ball to designated locations, Indoor cricket uses a bat and a ball that pitches itself. The bat, which must be hollow in order to achieve weightlessness, contains compressed air inside it. It also contains small metal spikes that guide the ball through the air. The ball is released through a small hole in the top of the bat. The player, aiming to hit the ball, releases it by letting it pass through the hole and then making his throw to the catcher who then throws the ball back to the player.
In this way, an indoor cricket match resembles a game of catch
with two teams rather than one. The difference is that one team plays at an area with a batting cage and then another team plays at an area without a cage. The players play without their shirts on during playing times. As the name suggests, indoor cricket involves playing under artificial lights in an enclosed playing area. Although the conditions may not be as controlled as they would be if playing in natural conditions, indoor cricket has managed to create a number of variations for the sport.
During matches, players play under highly intense lighting conditions, which make it difficult for them to concentrate on their actions. The netting used in indoor cricket helps players focus on their actions and help them avoid straining their eyes. There are three varieties of netting used in indoor cricket; namely, open mesh netting, closely followed by a closed mesh netting and the last variety is a tightly tensioned netting. While playing under different conditions, players adjust their netting as required.
Catching is another important factor which is developed specifically for this activity. Different playing areas have their own unique catch norms which are based on whether the players are using wickets or not. Two types of venues are used in indoor cricket, namely, public playing areas and private playing areas.
Cricbuzz: The other important part of an indoor cricket match is the action on the ground. A long gone traditional method of cricket was the method of chipping the stumps from either end of the ground; the batsman running to catch the stumps and returning to it at the stumps with the ball, or the other way around. Nowadays, with more technology in play, the sport has adopted a different methodology of bowling; it now prefers the ball to hit the stumps from some distance. The bowling rules specify that the player who bowls to the ball needs to be within a two-inch gap between the wicket and the stumps. However, most players prefer to bowl from the mid stumps and make big gaps to allow the bowler to hit the stumps.
Netting is used extensively for the purpose of catching the ball; it is available in many different types and sizes. One of the most popular types of netting used in indoor cricket court is the tightly tensioned netting. Tightly tensioned netting prevents the batsmen from striking the ball with the bat. The netting is manufactured using polyester filaments and is available in various sizes. Recently, manufacturers of cricket equipment have also started using nylon netting, as it provides good control over the ball.
Batting gloves are often ignored by cricketers, when they are actually very important accessories. It can be quite a hassle if the batsman is not able to grip the bat properly, especially in the case of an over-swinging bat, and this is because the gloves help in controlling the wrist movement and hence, the impact of the bat on the ball. A wide grip is preferred for batting gloves and a thumb stick is provided to support the hand. These factors form an important part of the game and no matter whether one is playing in the indoor stadium or an outdoor cricket ground, it is important to practice on a regular basis.
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