I have decided that any sport that has a World Cup is good in my book, (so everybody should get ready and excited for the rugby World Cup later this year). Since my arrival here in South Africa, I have started watching and paying attention to the ICC Cricket World Cup. Of course, I am rooting for South Africa to win. They play their last group stage game tomorrow, and they have to win to stay in. Here are some things I love about cricket:
1. They use funny words: The stick things behind the batter are wickets, and when they get hit and the batter is out, it is called a wicket. The person that throws the ball (like the pitcher) is called the bowler, and their throw is called a bowl.
2. They have “drinks break”: I think it’s great that they promote staying well hydrated when playing such a long game in the heat. I love taking breaks for drinks. Plus, a Gator type vehicle comes out with a giant Gatorade cooler thing on the back.
3. They are all really really ridiculously good looking: As with soccer players, cricket players are possibly the best looking athletes out there.
4. Games go on forever: This could be annoying, but I think it’s great. Games last for hours and hours, so if there is a game that starts in the late morning (while I am at work), I know it will still be on in the afternoon (when I get back from work). And chances are, there is still a fair amount of the game left. Plus, I don’t think you really have to tailgate. The game moves at such a pace that you have plenty of time to discuss odds and rankings and statistics, but there is enough action to keep you engaged.