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Cricket For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Cricket For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Julian Knight

ISBN: 978-1-118-48034-2

Mar 2013

352 pages


A complete guide to cricket for players and fans alike

Whether you're a budding player or aspiring armchair expert, Cricket For Dummies helps you get to grips with this fascinating sport. Completely revised and updated for the first back-to-back Ashes series in 38 years, this hands-on guide gives you clear explanations of the cricket's laws, step-by-step explanations of techniques and tactics, and exciting coverage of the tournaments, global rivalries, and great players.

  • Fully revised and updated to chronicle the rise of twenty20 cricket and the IPL, the implementation of DRS, and the changing face of the game
  • Covers cricket basics—the pitch, the laws, the equipment and more
  • Provides an in-depth look at cricket formats
  • Offers a guide to building cricket skills—bowling, batting, and fielding
  • Includes coverage of the best players and the biggest tournaments throughout the world

Complete with Top Ten Lists of the greatest cricketers, the most memorable cricket matches, and the biggest controversies, Cricket For Dummies is your one-stop resource on this popular sport.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Cricket 7

Chapter 1: Taking In the Joy of Cricket 9

Chapter 2: Getting to Grips with the Basics 21

Chapter 3: From 20 Overs to 5 Days: The Many Formats of Cricket 47

Chapter 4: Grabbing the Right Gear: Cricket Equipment 67

Part II: Playing the Game 83

Chapter 5: Honing Your Batting Skills 85

Chapter 6: Making It Big as a Bowler 115

Chapter 7: Fielding Made Easy 141

Chapter 8: Talking Tactics: Captaining a Cricket Team 163

Chapter 9: Talented Training and Cricket Coaching 187

Part III: Welcome to Planet Cricket 205

Chapter 10: Grasping the Global Rivalries 207

Chapter 11: Taking in Big International Tournaments 229

Chapter 12: The Domestic Cricket Scene 249

Chapter 13: Becoming a Cricket Fan 267

Part IV: The Part of Tens 289

Chapter 14: Ten Greatest Ever Cricketers 291

Chapter 15: Ten Most Memorable Cricket Matches 297

Chapter 16: Ten Mind-boggling Cricket Feats 305

Index 311