Cricket and Baseball Compared

by Dr. Kenneth W. Regan

Are Cricket and Baseball sister games? Consider:

    • At a baseball game you see pitchers on the field.
    • At a cricket match you see fielders on the pitch.
    • In baseball, a bad delivery is called a "Ball".
    • In cricket, it's a "No Ball".
    • In baseball, if a batter carries his bat, he's out.
    • In cricket, the batsmen always carry their bat, and an opening batsman who "carries his bat" is never out.
    • In cricket, an inning is called an innings.
    • In baseball, an innings is called a half-inning.
    • In baseball, a batter hit by a pitched ball gets a free pass to First Base.
    • In cricket, such a batter can be Out Leg Before Wicket.
    • In baseball, if a ball is caught over the boundary, "yer out!"
    • In cricket, you score 6 runs.
    • In cricket, when players are "on strike", it means the match is on and they're facing the bowling.
    • In baseball, it means that the season and World Series are probably going to be cancelled...
    • In cricket, when the batsman flicks the ball to the keeper, he's out (unless the keeper drops the ball).
    • In baseball, when the batter foul-tips the ball to the catcher, it's only a strike---unless it is the third strike, in which case he's out; but if the catcher drops the ball, he can run to first base and be safe, unless first base is already occupied, in which case he's out, unless there are already two outs, in which case he can be safe unless the catcher tags him or gets the ball to first base before he gets there.
    • In baseball, the pitcher tries not to pitch the ball. If the ball pitches, it's a ball.
    • In cricket, for the bowler to bowl the ball as in bowls is not cricket. When New Zealand's Richard Hadlee bowled with such a bowling motion in a 1979 Test, Australia needing a 4 off the last ball to win, he was roundly scathed.
    • In baseball, when a batter "walks", he gets a free pass to first and is not out.
    • In cricket, it means the batsman declares himself out before the umpire has a chance to make the call. This classic show of sportsmanship is considered unsportsmanlike in baseball.
    • In baseball, the batting side is considered "attacking" even though it often scores 0 runs.
    • In cricket it can score hundreds of runs but still the bowling side is considered "attacking".
All of these are original to me, (a) 2002 Kenneth W. Regan. You are welcome to re-post them with attribution. You are welcome to add your own entries, in which case you'll share in the attribution.