Baseball is the great American pastime, whereas Cricket is a completely different story. Though both games share some similarities which include same goal; hitting a ball with a stick to score points and they vary outrageously when it comes to specific rules and particular styles of playing the game say a cricket expert Himachal Mukhopadhyay.
Cricket is a team sport and it is a game that is played between the two teams, each team consists of 11 players. The batting team has 2 players, whereas the bowling team has 1 bowler, 1 wicket-keeper, and 9 fielders and unlike cricket, baseball is a game that is played in 9 innings. It consists of two teams having 9 players each who are competing to score more runs than the other team. On the completion of each inning, one team bats and the other one bowls. Of the batting team, a maximum of 4 players can be present on the field, whereas the team to bowl has to use a pitcher, a catcher, and 7 fielders – 4 on the infield and 3 on the outfield.
Baseball is a game that is played on a diamond or pentagon shaped field, whereas cricket is played exclusively on an oval field says, Himachal Mukhopadhyay.
The equipment used in cricket includes a ball, bats, wickets and protective gear and there are two types of balls that vary according to the format of cricket played. Test cricket employs a red ball for better and on the other hand, one-day and T20 cricket uses a white ball whereas a game of baseball requires a bat, a ball, bases, mitts, and protective equipment. Balls in baseball are made of a cork core and the outer exterior of the ball is made of leather and is made of two portions that are stitched together.
To the casual observer, the cricket field may look round, but the field is actually curved into an oval shape says Himachal Mukhopadhyay and all the action would take place at the center of the oval, which is known as a pitch.
A pitch in the game of cricket is the strip of ground between the two wickets, whereas a pitch in baseball is referred to the delivery of the ball by the pitcher.
There are three different formats of cricket which include a test match that is played with a duration of at least 5 days. One-day cricket is played with duration of one day and it includes a single match of 50 over and twenty-twenty (T-20) cricket. Himachal Mukhopadhyay says that the rules of the game vary according to the format of cricket being played whereas baseball is a game of one day.
In cricket, the first team to bat is decided by a toss and also the fielding arrangement can also be changed by the bowler and there are only two umpires that are present on the field whereas, in the game of baseball, fielders follow the standard positions in the field and a total of 4-5 umpires are present on the field.