Cricket is played, watched and loved by millions of people. It is a fun, social game which can be enjoyed by boys and girls from as young as 5 years old. Cricket also included in physical education curriculum of most local school.
In this article, you will be introduced the basic rules and some simple exercises that you can do to develop skills and improve their overall game.
BASIC CRICKET SKILLS AND EXERCISES
A basic level of skill and understanding of the game would allow children to enjoy the game more and stay motivated. To be a good cricket player, it requires good hand eye coordination, the ability to concentrate for a long periods of time and good batting and bowling technique.
EXERCISE 1: HAND EYE CO-ORDINATION AND BATTING TECHNIQUE.
Stand about 4 metres away from a concrete wall and throw ball into the wall. Continuously hit the ball as it rebounds as many times as possible. When practice, facing the wall with feet shoulder width apart, keep the front elbow up and hit straight through the ball so it bounces once before hitting the wall.
EXERCISE 2: HAND-EYE COORDINATION, THROWING AND CATCHING
Stand 3 metres in front of a wall with 2 balls. Throw the first ball at the wall then try catching it with two hands as it rebounds off the wall. As you catch the ball, run to a marker behind 10 metres away from the wall and run back to the second ball. Repeat the practice with the second ball. This exercise will help increase speed and coordination.
EXERCISE 3: BOWLING TECHNIQUE
Bowling technique can be difficult for beginners so it is advisable to start slowly to get the technique right. First, stand side on to the batsmen/wickets with the dominant hand behind the back holding the ball then turn your head sideways to face the batsmen/target.
Rock back and forth transferring weight from the front foot to the back foot, at the same time, extend your back arm over your head and releases the ball in the direction of the batsmen.
Practicing these 3 exercises regularly to learn the basic skills to join in with cricket matches and have fun.