We Aussies play many sports here in the country. Few are as important as, of course, cricket. And really, if you want any other reason why you need to be stoked for the upcoming finals of the Cricket World Cup 2015, then this is the simplest reason for it: it’s now taking place here in the country, and our home team is getting good odds for the event. That should be enough to make you perk up and sit notice, right?
Of course, if it can be that easy, then we have already achieved our purpose. But surely, we have to try harder, right? Well then, with that said, here are “other”—but equally important reasons—why you need to be following cricket right now!
It is a sport imbued with history
Many sports are imbued with the same sense of history; heck, almost the entirety of Olympics is based on the competitions devised by the Greeks over a millennia ago. However, cricket can lay claim to those Olympic sports as being filled with drama as much as wrestling or discus throwing.
For one, it is more than coincidental that it also shares the same stylings and rules with another “historical” sport that is associated from America, and that is baseball. Both baseball and cricket share similar traits—catchers, batters, and some occasional running—but it is in each of their rulesets that they are imbued with a philosophical difference from each other. It should come as no surprise that both cricket and baseball have become the default “gentleman’s” sport for each country.
It instills rigid discipline
Since we are still on the prospect of comparing cricket to baseball, we simply have to call this facet out: for many people, baseball seems to be the “looser” version of the two, and they are not wrong in judging that. And you know what? It’s actually by design.
How can you be able to know the difference between, though? Well, for one, the bowlers are forbidden from “bending” their arms when hitting a ball, while the batters have to hit the ball at a sideways angle rather than go all-out with it by, say, swinging their arms. This is where the “rigid” system of cricket was derived from, and it requires players to really stay awake and pay attention when playing the game.
It bridges countries together
And you think that only football bridges countries together? Despite its perception as being an “upper-class” sport, many countries with “colonial” pasts—India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and many other countries of its ilk from the developing nations—have all taken a liking to cricket. And really, it’s hard to be surprised by it since many situations have also arose in some countries as well; the Philippines’ obsession with basketball, for one, is a likely example of it. So yes, this is the best kind of globalisation there is!
So, did we convince you to follow the Cricket World Cup 2015, then? We hope this has stoked your inherent fanhood for cricket!