Hello everyone I came across a number of videos comparing cricket and baseball Of course, I have seen the fox sports video explaining how easy it is hitting a cricket ball compared to a baseball pitch You must be really dumb if u believe the fox ‘sports science’ video created by americans to satisfy the American ego. The video says it is easy to hit a ball after bounce. Are you dumb enough to believe that? In cricket, bowlers are allowed to bowl without bouncing the ball. Cricket batsmen will hit those balls even in their sleep even if the ball is 100+ mph. Add to this the fact that cricket batsmen don’t even know that it is going to be non-bouncing ball unlike baseball. I am a huge cricket fan and decided to put a video on why cricket is the better game First of all, I agree that hitting a cricket ball is easier But, cricket is not just about hitting the ball There is a lot more depth to it Talking of ground and conditions, the average cricket ground is bigger than a baseball ground However, the length of hitting a homerun is longer than that of hitting a six in cricket In cricket, the central rectangular area where the bowler bowls is called a “pitch” Not to confuse with a baseball ‘pitch’ In baseball, the playing conditions remain pretty much the same except for some minor variations across different grounds. In cricket, each ground is unique in its behaviour Just like clay courts and grass courts in tennis, the ball behaves differently in each country For example, in Australia and South Africa, there is a lot of bounce In India, the ball spins a lot. And England is helpful for the swing bowlers Batsmen become legends only when they are able to play well in home and away conditions Actually, cricket fans take a lot of delight when their stars perform well in away conditions Talking about fielding, in baseball, the 9 players are placed in fixed positions In cricket, barring the bowler and the wicketkeeper, the remaining players can be placed in any of the numerous field postions The fielding team captain decides the field positions based on the (opposition) batsman’s strength, and the plans he has made to get the batsman out Sometimes, so many fielders are placed close to the batsman to maintain pressure on him and to make him hit in the air but the batsman must remain very focused and he cannot lose his wicket at any cost One single wicket can change the entire match in cricket But in baseball, it is okay if you get out without hitting a single ball The (cricket) fielders try every trick in the book to get the batsman out As you are seeing, there are some amazing catches in baseball But, they are using their gloves all the time to make the catches I know, some of you might think it is really difficult to bare-handedly catch a baseball But cricketers bare-handedly catch heavier, harder and more painful cricket balls. I don’t really see the point of using gloves here I think it is to make catching more easier In baseball, even the closest fielder is atleast 20 yards away from the batter So I think he has enough time to respond to any shot Now, I am going to show you some cricket catches, where the fielder has absolutely no time to respond. But still makes the catch due to some alert fielding Some of these catches look even more amazing than baseball, because they use their bare hands This is one of my favorite catches because the fielder is not supposed to cross the boundary line with ball in hand He also cannot miss a chance at the wicket(getting a batsman out) because wickets are really hard to come by in cricket The fielder knows that and so he throws the ball to his team-mate Each wicket is so valuable that the fielders are willing to get hit just to get a single wicket This fielder is standing right in the hitting line of the batsman But the baseballers don’t have to do any of this tactic, because the batters are going to get out anyway Even the wicket-keeper has to be so alert. He gets more catches than anyone else in the field You are now seeing a run-out similar to tagouts in baseball A cricket batsman has to think a lot before going for a run He must balance between the importance of a run and the risk of losing a wicket Luckily the batters in baseball don’t have any such problem If they hit the ball, all they have to do is start running no matter what A cricket wicket-keeper has to be alert and lightning fast for any stumping chances Every now and then, a cricket batsman goes forward against spin to counter the effect of spin Coming to pitching in baseball, the pitcher uses a natural throwing action. (of course, there are some mechanics involved. But it is just a slightly adjusted version of throwing the ball. You give a ball to anyone and ask them to throw the ball. That action would be almost the same) But cricket is very much strict with the bowling action of the bowlers The bowlers have to use a straight arm action. That is, they cannot bend their elbow beyond a certain angle To really understand the difficulty in this action, just try throwing the ball with a straight arm. (Check if you are able to bowl at 60mph without bending your arm. You have to learn this for years to perfect it) Probably, you would then appreciate the cricket bowling – the control and pace at which they are able to bowl with a very difficult action If you think baseball pitching has more variations, let me tell you it is nowhere compared to the variations in cricket bowling You have seam bowling, where the ball swings in the air and also off the ground Baseball batters have to judge the variations only through the air It is not easy to judge the direction in which the ball is going to swing after the bounce Only great batsmen will be able to do it Because, good bowlers are capable of swinging the ball in both the directions A fast bowler can alone perform all the variations a baseball pitcher can do He can bowl at 100+ miles an hour, he can bowl the slow ball, he can bowl the swinging ball which is the equivalent of a curl ball He does all of this with a much more difficult action than baseball (pitcher) A good fast bowler can alone do more variations than a baseball pitcher Then, there is the spin bowling where even a very good batsman struggles Bowlers deliberately reduce their speed to get more spin out of the ground Many baseball fans would think it is too slow and it is too easy to hit spin bowling But in reality, you should have very good technique to face against the spin bowlers And spin bowling is not something you can easily master Some of the spin bowlers are like magicians with the ball in their hand Some spin bowlers have even more variety than the fast bowleres For example, you can see that this particular bowler can continuously spin the ball in one direction Just when the batsman expects the spin in that direction, he spins the ball in other direction to get the batsman out He also bowls the carom ball which keeps low and straightens up instead of spinning Different types of ball a cricket bowler can bowl: Inswinger, Outswinger, Reverse-swing,Off-cutter, Leg-cutter, Yorker, Short-ball, Off-spin, Leg-spin, Wrist-spin, Full toss, Beamer, Googly, Doosra, flipper, carrom-ball, Teesra, Arm-ball, Slow ball, Back-of-the hand, cross-seam. Each of the above ball is unique and each ball behaves completely different. In baseball, even after the variations, the ball is going to land in strike zone. As if these variations are not enough, the bowler is allowed to bowl at any height – right at the head or at the toe If the batsman does not adjust to the height off the pitch, then there is every chance that he might get hit Since it is perfectly legal to bowl at the batsman’s head, bowlers use this tactic to create doubt in the batsman’s mind Good fast bowlers bowl around the same speed as that of MLB pitcher So a cricket batsman has got almost the same time to react to a ball as that of an MLB batter. (But cricket batsman has to judge the effect of bounce and should wait till he understands which height and line the ball will be coming.) When the batsman gets hit in the head, he gets ready to face the next ball which might be directed at his head The bowler suddenly bowls a Yorker at the bottom of the stumps If the batsman is not ready, he is gone In baseball, the strike zone is very small. So even before the pitcher pitches the ball, the batter knows exactly where the ball is going to come Cricket bowler can bowl in a very large area compared to the strike zone in baseball The batsman so has no idea where the ball is going to come The baseball batter also knows where exactly to hit the ball because he has only 90degree in which he has to hit the ball Also the batter doesn’t have to think like – what shot am I going to play? Where am I going to hit? Basically, he is going to play the same shot over and over again. (All he has to do is learn how to swing the baseball bat. That’s all the mechanics you got to learn as a baseball batter. You may become great if you are able to hit consistenly. Not much learning is required) To explain the variety of shots a cricket batsman has to play, I am showing you 6 consecutive balls You can see, in each ball he is playing a different shot Baseball is a game of probability Variety of shots in cricket. Straight drive, cover drive, on drive, square drive, square cut, late cut, upper cut, pull shot, hook shot, leg glance, sweep shot, reverse sweep, switch hit, paddle sweep, scoop shot, ramp shot, back-foot punch, down the wicket, slog sweep, loft shot, helicopter shot. A batsman has to decide the shot selection ‘after the ball is released’ by the bowler. If he selects the wrong type of shot for a ball, he gets out. Fortunately, baseball batters don’t have to decide anything. They know what to do beforehand. Even the best baseball batters don’t control their shots And they are not able to hit the ball where they want But in cricket, the batsmen have to control every shot If they don’t control, more often than not, they will get out Also cricket batsmen have to play for a longer time So this gives way to some exciting duel between the bowler and the batsman These are some exciting battles we find only in cricket Even if it results in a very aggressive game, cricketers almost always stay in their limits except for some rare ugly incidents here and there Not once has a bowler bowled with the intention of hurting a batsman Infact, cricket prides itself in being the gentleman’s game Unlike most other sport, “spirit of the game” is considered more important than winning or losing But in baseball, we have seen some incidents where the pitcher intentionally throws the ball at the batter In baseball, if you take just the batting and pitching, almost all pitches look like action replays except that it looks like mirror images for right and left handed batters or pitchers The only changes u see is some minor changes by the bowler and the ball going to different parts(of the ground) due to lack of contro by the batters But cricket batsmen invent new shots to get runs against some creative field placements and to invent a way of scoring when the bowler keeps bowling in the batsman’s weak zone But if the batsman is not clever enough, the bowler senses an opportunity and bowls straight at the stumps I feel like, most of the stuff that excites me about cricket does not exist in baseball Compared to cricket, a baseball batter is not at all challenged when it comes to mind games The baseball batter is effective just for one shot Because, once he hits in the right area, he automatically has to run and is no longer effective in that inning In cricket, if a bowler bowls in the baseball strike zone, it is called a full toss and it is the easiest type of ball the batsman could ever get What I am saying is that baseball uses the easiest ball and makes it harder by reducing the bat size I am not saying it is easy to hit a baseball pitch Infact, it requires great skill to hit a ball with a very small bat All I am saying is that baseball does not have magic in it Baseball is more about power and cricket is more about finesse There is no real class or elegance in baseball batting Baseball batting is just about power Muscles don’t help you in cricket. You got have discipline, patience and grit For all those asking, what if Babe Ruth plays cricket? Well, here’s the answer. He may not make it to the district teams He may have hit so many home runs But he also had one of the worst strike out record Maybe, in baseball only the number of hits mattered But in cricket, you cannot afford to miss a single ball It is true that he might have hit some long sixes But in cricket you are not supposed to miss hit a single ball in hours together Baseball fans always go back to saying- cricket is easier with big bats and slower balls Cricket is not actually that easy and people will like cricket more than baseball if they give a try If 100 kids try their hand at cricket, at least 90 end up enjoying it (for the rest of their lives) But even American kids are starting to lose interest in baseball Infact, Americans loved cricket once upon a time Baseball had no chance against cricket(In USA) Even Americans wouldn’t have probably liked baseball if it hadn’t been marketed as their national game Thanks everyone for watching the video. Bye.!!