Indoor cricket is not a complex game, however, if you would like to play it well, you will need to know which strategies to you can use, and when you should implement them. We all know that the most basic strategy, when bowing, is to stop the batsman from scoring runs, and when batting, the aim of the game is to get around the bowler and score as many runs as you can, however, there are a few more strategies that you will need to use if you want to be good at indoor cricket.
Strategy 1: Try to score one or two runs for every ball you face. This might seem small, but these runs will add up. If you and your batting partner manage to do this, you will be putting on between six and 12 runs per over.
Strategy 2: Once a wicket is lost, players often think they need to make up for the lost wicket by scoring more runs than they usually would. However, this often just leads to the loss of another wicket instead. Keep focusing on taking opportunities that will pay off, as opposed to silly risks that will only get you further behind.
Strategy 3: Go for the “up and down” shot. This shot is when the batsman hits the ball into the ground so that it bounces over the fielders and high up into the net.
Strategy 1: Run-outs are the most popular form of a wicket when it comes to indoor cricket. Therefore, the bowler’s focus needs to be on trying to get the batsman to play shots which will increase his chances of being run-out.
Strategy 2: The bowler also needs to focus on preventing the batsman from scoring one and two runs each time they hit the ball. They can do this by bowling with the maximum “line and length.”
Strategy 3: If you are a spin bowler, particularly leg-spin, it’s best to try and hit the batsman on or around the knee of the leading leg. This will be your best chance of getting him out.
Strategy 1: While all fielders have different tasks, the aim is always the same: keep the ball from hitting the net and take wickets whenever the opportunity presents itself. Those who are closer to the bat are in with the best opportunity of getting the batsman run-out.
Strategy 2: The front-half fielders are there to throw the ball back to the wicket keeper in time for a run-out. They are also trained to throw the ball directly at the stumps in hope of running the batsman out themselves.
Strategy 3: If you have left-handed fielders on your team, try putting them on the off-side. While they have no advantage over right-handers when it comes to slapping or throwing the ball to the keeper, they do have an advantage when attempting to throw to the back-stumps.
Strategy 1: When keeping an indoor cricket game, you must stand right at the stumps all the time. This goes for both fast, mid-pace and spin bowlers.
Strategy 2: An indoor cricket pitch ‘field’ is a lot smaller than an outdoor cricket field. Therefore, the wicket keepers must have an extremely quick reaction time for balls thrown back to him.
Strategy 3: The wicket keeper must have one hand free to throw at all times. Therefore, he needs to have a catching glove on one hand, and a throwing glove on the other, or no glove at all.
If you are part of an indoor cricket team, which of these strategies have you been using? What other strategies would you mention to someone who is just starting out? Let us know in the comments section below!
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