Cricket: Most Popular Articles
Cricket is a game piled high with records and statistics. I've picked ten that ought to be unbeatable and stand the test of time.
A look at where to live stream the ICC Cricket World Cup online, country by country.
An overview of the ICC ranking system, including the basic points of cricket ranking calculation and the quirks of the system.
A rundown of where to watch IPL 2015 online depending on your location in the world.
The top five one-day international matches of all time had drama, tension and the very best in individual performances.
A full list, with examples, of the cricket dismissals that make up the ten ways of getting out.
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
You're watching your first game of cricket and have no idea what's going on. Here's what you need to know.
In cricket, a six is the scoring of six runs with a shot that does not bounce before touching or crossing the boundary of the field.
In this quick reference on the cricket ball, you'll learn about its materials, required dimensions, and the important rules regarding its use.
Confused about International Cricket Council player rankings? Here's a rundown of how the system works, including the way they are calculated.
An explanation of what day/night cricket is, the advantages it offers and disadvantages it produces, and its history.
A set of links to every video in the ESPN Legends of Cricket series featuring Sir Donald Bradman, W. G. Grace, Shane Warne, and Wasim Akram.
A diamond duck in cricket is either being dismissed for zero off the first ball of an innings or being dismissed without facing a ball.
A bowler's economy rate in cricket is the average number of runs they concede every six balls. This info page includes examples to aid understanding.
A quick reference on cricket fields: their dimensions, what markings are required, and the types of ground cricket can be played on.
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
How big is a cricket bat? What is it made of? Who makes them? All these questions are in this quick reference guide to cricket bats.
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable Sir Donald Bradman (The Don).
In this quick reference on the cricket pitch, you'll learn about its markings, required dimensions, and the types of pitch that can be used.
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
Here are ten great fast bowlers from Test cricket history who combine pace, sideways movement, and accuracy to run riot against opposing batsmen.
Cricket fights are usually the result of slow-burning tension rather than an outburst of adrenaline-fuelled aggression. Here are five classics.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with an orthodox cup, the most basic method of catching a cricket ball.
A full list of the latest ICC player rankings for men's and women's international cricket, including Test, ODI, and Twenty20 rankings.
The rundown on the first day/night cricket Test match in November-December 2015 between Australia and New Zealand.
Some argue that modern cricket would benefit from Olympic participation, but that remains unlikely. Here's why.
A list of ten of the greatest spin bowlers in Test cricket history, each of whom reached glory in his own unique way.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 format involves a group stage and a knockout stage. Here's the full schedule of fixtures.
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
A rundown of what constitutes a no ball -- an illegal delivery for which the fielding team is penalised -- in cricket, with reasons and examples.
Want to see your team's last hit-out before the 2015 Cricket World Cup proper? Here's where to watch most of the games.
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs. Here's how you calculate it, with some examples of crazy run rates in cricket.
The Laws of Cricket are the official rules of the sport established by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and updated by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
A simple but thorough guide to cricket fielding positions, appropriate for all cricket knowledge levels. Includes every position in one image.
A look at Pakistan's infamously temperamental national cricket team, featuring all its World Cup highs and lows and the team's greatest players.
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
Cricket in India has gone from a British colonial pastime to a source of great wealth and power for the nation, as well as the greatest passion of a billion people. Learn more here about the Indian cricket team, its best players, its World Cup record and more.
A set of step-by-step instructions on how to form a long barrier, the best way of stopping a rolling cricket ball.
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
A five-for in cricket, also known as a five-wicket bag, is five wickets taken by one bowler in a single innings.
Getting to the Cricket World Cup 2015 is twice as easy for foreign visitors with a combined Australia and New Zealand visa. Here's how to get one.
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
Net run rate (NRR) is used in cricket to rank a team's performance in a league or cup competition. Here's how you calculate it.
Wisden Cricket Almanack's All-Time Test Cricket World XI includes such legends as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has offered some of the finest Twenty20 batting the game has seen. Here are ten of the best IPL innings.
A definition of List A cricket and a look into its history, which features legendary umpire Dickie Bird in an unfamiliar role.
A collection of quotes by and about outstanding West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards, one of the most confident and destructive players ever to appear on a cricket field.
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first. The toss can be crucial in deciding the outcome of a match.
A Test match in cricket is a five-day match between two top-level national representative cricket teams, during which each team bats two innings.
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
A full explanation of cricket's DRS, including examples and a run-down of the technologies used to uphold or overturn on-field decisions.
A revealing interview with an IPL cheerleader, who opens up about racism, sexism, and the nuts and bolts of her work.
The second definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the set of three stumps and two bails defended by the batter at each end of the 22-yard pitch.
From 5 July 2015, new fielding restrictions tip ODI cricket away from batters and back towards the fielding team.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with a reverse cup, the best method for catching a cricket ball above chest height.
The debate over whether cricket could benefit from Olympic participation evolves as the game changes. Here are a few arguments in favour.
A guide to understanding a cricket batting order, including who bats where and a look at their respective roles in the team.
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
Most amateur cricket players will never know what it's like to face genuinely fast bowling, but these professionals offer some insight.
A collection of quotes by and about former England all-rounder W. G. Grace, the first master of cricket and considered by many to be the greatest cricketer of all time.
Bangladesh is still a young member of international cricket's elite group. But with a new generation of talented players, it has plenty of potential.
If these four conditions are right, the 2015 World Cup in Australia & NZ could see the first team total of 500 in one day cricket history.
Last Man Stands makes cricket faster, more exciting, and more easy to participate in -- especially for those who don't have a lot of spare time.
A one day international (ODI) is a 50-over-per-side cricket match between two national teams, completed in a single day's play.
A dot ball in cricket is a delivery from which no runs are scored, and a very important aspect of bowling.
A calendar of men's international cricket fixtures in the first half of 2015, which includes New Zealand in England and the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup.
It's one of the first things you're taught as a young cricketer. But why should you walk in with the bowler? Here are a few reasons.
The death overs are the crunch time in a limited overs cricket match. Learn more at About.com Cricket, including examples.
A cricketer's match fee is the amount of money they are paid to take part in a cricket match.
A collection of quotes by and about legendary Australian cricket player Shane Warne, who is considered the best leg spinner of all time.
Any conversation about corruption in cricket will touch on match fixing and spot fixing. It's important to understand the difference between the two.
A close look at four exhilarating spectacles in a history of the rarest cricket result, the tie, at the ICC Cricket World Cup.
A look at high-profile cases of depression among top-level cricketers including Marcus Trescothick, Iain O'Brien, Michael Yardy, Scott Boswell, and Lou Vincent.
A brief look at the history of New Zealand's national cricket team, with a look at its international record and World Cup performances, as well as famous New Zealand players.
If all you want to do is play cricket, there are really only two things you need. Don't let the complexities of a full match put you off.
A collection of quotes by and about former West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers, who is regarded by many as the greatest all-round cricketer of all time.
Donald Bradman (aka 'The Don') is the best cricket player to have played the game. Read more about this cricket legend in a detailed player profile.
If a batsman attempts a run, but fails to make his ground before the bails are dislodged by the fielding team, he is run out.
If you're confused about what sort of cricket is played in whites and what is played in colours, here's what you need to know.
A cricket hat-trick involves taking three consecutive wickets and is a rare achievement prized by all bowlers.
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
All the essential information and links to buy Cricket World Cup 2015 tickets online, in person, or on the phone, whether you're based in Australia, NZ, or the rest of the world.
It's easy to get caught up in the Indian Premier League circus, but it's important to remember how ridiculous it can be.
A calendar of men's international cricket fixtures in the second half of 2015, includeing The Ashes and the much-anticipated Pakistan v India series.
A definition of the term 'cow corner' as it is used to describe an area on a cricket field, with a video example.
Politics has overshadowed much of Zimbabwe's cricket history but it has still managed to produce a few world-class players and stage a couple of World Cup heists. Get the run-down on the Zimbabwe national cricket team here.
If your cricket team's innings is struck by a batting collapse, you're going to need an anchor to stick around and stop the rot.
Since reinstatement to international cricket in 1991, after 20 years in apartheid-induced isolation, South Africa have grown into a formidable, well-balanced team. Now, when will they fix their World Cup record?
In cricket, a partnership is a period of play in which two batters are batting together.
Dibbly-dobbly is a name for slow bowling in cricket that is not particularly threatening to the batter. Includes notes and examples.
Australia has been the most successful national team in the history of cricket. Find out more about its international record and World Cup performances, as well as famous Australian players.
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
A complete set of links to each episode of BBC's cricket history series featuring England, West Indies, Australia, and England.
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
In cricket, fielding restrictions are a set of conditions placed on the fielding team at various times during a limited overs innings.
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
What is it that makes Kumar Sangakkara a great cricket player? Here we take a look at some of the qualities that make certain cricketers great.
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
Sri Lanka can lay claim to being the most innovative international cricket team of the 1990s and 2000s. Find out more about its international record and World Cup performances, as well as the key players in Sri Lankan cricket.
An explanation of what 'jaffa' means in cricket, with notes and video examples.
Five of the best from Martin Crowe, who is widely regarded to be New Zealand's greatest batsman - especially for his performances in the 1992 World Cup.
A full report of Australia's near-perfect victory in the final of Cricket World Cup 2015 against New Zealand, who had won so many fans in the lead-up.
A discussion of why it's important to stay in the moment when playing cricket, and some hints for how to do so.
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
A regularly updated schedule of men's international cricket fixtures between July and December 2014, including India's tour of England and West Indies' tour of South Africa.
Now that Rohit Sharma has set a new ODI cricket mark with 264, is it time to start thinking about the first limited overs triple century?
A reflection on Kumar Sangakkara's 203 against New Zealand in 2015, the last great peak in his remarkable Test career.
A draw in cricket is a match that concludes before the team batting last completes its innings.
An over is a set of six balls bowled by a single bowler from one end of the pitch and is one of the basic elements of cricket.
A look at why the Black Caps under Brendon McCullum have become the world's favourite cricket team.
A sitter in cricket is a very easy catch. Includes notes and examples of the 'sitter' in cricket.
A selection of quotes relating to former West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall, a true legend of cricket who was voted into Wisden's All-Time Test XI.
Every player in each Indian Premier League team for the 2014 IPL, with notes on selected players to watch including Dale Steyn and Virat Kohli
The Spirit of Cricket is the spirit of fair play in which a cricket match is meant to be played, responsibility for which rests with team captains.
In cricket, the keeper (short for wicketkeeper) is the player on the fielding team who stands behind the stumps.
In cricket, fast bowling is a bowling technique that relies primarily on delivering the ball at high speed.
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
Bowling an outswinger in cricket is complicated at first, but if you practice with these steps, you can add this dangerous delivery to your arsenal.
A description of what a bail is in cricket, how it is used, and what dimensions it should have.
Mahela Jayawardene's Test record is stunning, but it's the one-day cricket arena where he first caught my attention.
Get your hands on as many of these cricket protective items as you can -- they'll look after those parts of your body that are vital or get hit often.
An explanation of what it means to 'retire hurt' or 'retire out' in cricket, including Graeme Smith's famous example.
Kane Williamson used to be a slow and steady accumulator. Now he's hitting high-octane hundreds in the CLT20. What happened?
In 1993, Shane Warne bowled the 'Ball of the Century' -- a few seconds every cricket fan should know about.
Here are ten under-the-radar cricketers who could surprise you with their performances at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Mankading, or running out a backing up batter, is one of cricket's most controversial acts. But it's completely legal. What's the problem?
After MS Dhoni's remarks that he uses his brain too much in Twenty20, should we believe that the shortest form of cricket is really that brainless?
In cricket, the circle is the ring of paint or dots to indicate 30 yards from the pitch.
A collapse in cricket occurs when several wickets fall in quick succession, severely damaging the team's innings.
The Boxing Day Test is an annual feature of the cricket calendar and a notable part of Australian summer.
The first definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the dismissal of a batter, who is said to have 'lost their wicket'.
So your cricket team keeps losing. They're bowling wides, dropping catches, and conceding byes. Heads are down. What can you do?
This checklist offers all the equipment needed for a serious cricket match in one place, with detailed explanations of each item.
In cricket, fielders on the opposite side of the stumps from a throwing teammate should prepare to stop the ball if they miss. This is called 'backing up'.
A selection of quotes relating to former England star Alan Knott, who was voted as the greatest cricket wicketkeeper in Wisden's All-Time Test XI.
A five is a rare occurrence in cricket where a team is awarded five runs as a penalty against the opposing team. It often involves a stray helmet.
As one day cricket changes its stripes again, will it enter a new era of low scores and gritty contests? Or will the run-fests continue?
A dolly in cricket is a very easy catch. Includes video examples of the cricket 'dolly'.
The youth and depth of Australia and New Zealand could see them face off again at Lord's in the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup.
These eight men left their mark on the game of cricket, both by their achievements and by their glorious moustaches.
The tail of a cricket batting order is the last three or four players listed, usually the weakest batters in the team.
A pinch hitter in cricket is a player sent out to bat earlier than usual with instructions to score quickly.
A slog in cricket is a baseball-style swing of the bat that relies on strength and timing instead of good technique.
When you're batting in cricket, playing 'in the V' or 'with a straight bat' is a simple but effective way of minimising the risks of getting out.
An explanation of the top order in cricket and its role in a cricket team.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza is back for 2013 with 76 matches in eight weeks.