The Benefits of Playing Cricket
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A popular bat and ball sport especially in the Commonwealth of Nations, cricket allows you to spend time outdoors while engaged in a competitive and physical match. In cricket, two teams, consisting of 11 players each, compete to score the most runs in an inning. Along with fresh air and friendly competition, cricket contains numerous physical and social benefits.
Like most sports, cricket helps you to develop muscles and burn calories while improving your coordination and stamina. A physically active game, cricket requires pitching the ball, hitting the ball with the long, flat bat, sprinting from wicket to wicket and throwing and catching in the field. Strong, fast legs help players to score runs. Upper body strength lends to improved throwing and hitting the ball. And hand-eye coordination, along with flexibility, helps you to catch and keep the ball in play.
One of the benefits of playing sports is making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of your teammates. Cricket matches can last several hours, and within that time you must work with your team in a cooperative manner to develop and initiate game strategies and win the match. Celebrating wins and commiserating losses are more fun when done with your friends.
Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.