This is the season of IPL cricket matches. And we know that you are engrossed both in your TV sets and mobile. While watching the cricket matches, you are also playing ipl fantasy leagues and sharing your cricket knowledge.
We know that many of you are aware of the history of cricket. However, many of you aren’t. So we have brought to you a short history of the cricket sports, knowing which will make your online fantasy cricket match more interesting to play.
The first mention
The first exact mention of “Creckett as it used to be called” was in 1598. Mentioned at a Royal Grammar School, in Guilford. This is the earliest recording of the sport.
Another recorded example of the sport was back in 1624 when a player called Jasper Vinall died. He was playing the sport during the local Parish matches in Sussex. Jasper was hit in the head by the Batsman Edward Tye as Edward tried to hit the ball for a second time to prevent him from being caught out. In 1774 a law was introduced to stop the batsman from being able to hit the ball twice.
Further into the 18th century there were more laws brought in like the LBW – Leg before wicket and 3 stumped wickets.
Early 19th century
The 19th century brought in over arm bowling. Towards the end of the 19th Century cricket was well known throughout North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.
Cricket really took off in 1963 when counties in England introduced the Limited Over’s Rule. This then led on to stage the First Limited over’s cricket world cup in 1975.
Cricket bats have really transformed over time as well, the original shape resembled a hockey stick which was very thin and have a slight curve at the end. The modern day cricket bat is made out of Kashmir or English White Willow; the best quality would be the English Willow. In the manufacturing process, the bat gets treated with raw Linseed oil this helps protect the bat from weathering. White Willow is used in the making of cricket bats because it is very tough and shock resistant; the wood will not splinter either when struck at high speed for example by a cricket ball. White willow is also very lightweight. This new bat design which comes with a spring design where the cane handle meets the blade was invented by Charles Richardson back in the 1880’s.
The blade itself, is flat at the front with the back of the blade being pointed, this helps make the bat lighter, making it easier to manoeuvre but, still giving strength at the middle of the bat, where the ball will be strike.
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