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How cricket differs from baseball in 5 ways


Interestingly, the two sports seem to have been created in a similar way from games played long ago in ancient times.

Cricket has been traced back as far back as the 16th Century, although some mention of a game "creag" reaches back to the 13th Century and ‘kreckett’ in 16th Century in England

Modern baseball in the USA has thought to have been derived from ‘rounders’ or ‘bass-ball’ which was a European game, probably brought over to America with the European immigrants of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Unusually, many people would not know that cricket betting as wagering on matches goes back as far as the 1600s.


The major differences between the cricket and baseball are:



A cricket game is played between two teams, each comprising of 11 players

A baseball game is played between two teams, each comprising of 9 players

There are only 9 players a side in baseball


Stadiums (Playing Areas)

Baseball is played on a field marked out with primary boundaries (foul lines) that extend forward from home plate at 45-degree angles.

The 90-degree area within the foul lines is called the ‘fair territory’ and the 270-degree area outside that is the ‘foul territory’.

The pitcher aims the ball at the batter who bats at home plate.

Cricket is played on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps which the bowler aims at and the batter tries to defend.

The field is usually circular or oval in shape and the edge of the playing area is marked by a boundary.

There are no wickets in baseball.



The main difference here between baseball and cricket is that when the bowler/pitcher bowls/pitches in cricket/baseball the ball can touch the ground in cricket but not in baseball in the delivery.

The ball cannot touch the ground in the delivery of ball in baseball



In terms of the number of people that follow the two sports

Baseball is most popular in the USA

Cricket is most popular in India

Baseball is most popular in the USA


Most Popular Tournament

The biggest tournament in baseball is the World Series: the 2019 World Series averaged just under 14 million total viewers

The biggest tournament in cricket is the ICC Cricket World Cup: The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 was the most watched ICC event ever, with a global cumulative average audience of 1.6 billion for live coverage

Baseball is not viewed as much as cricket

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