First and foremost I love cricket for all the small battles within the main battle played out in a team environment. They are the battles that only those that have played the game will understand. I gave up trying to explain my love of cricket to girls decades ago. Now when girls say to me cricket is boring I don’t even bother to explain the enjoyment of watching your mates go out to open the batting with the sole purpose of seeing off the new ball (see how would I explain that) so that their mates will have a better opportunity to preform (score runs) a few hours later in the day. The enjoyment of sitting with 9 other blokes for up to 6 hours and chatting about anything and everything. The sun is out and the beaches are calling but none of us would want to be anywhere else than in that grandstand watching the battles that go on every ball.
Going out in the field as a unit to do battle is even more fun, especially if your team is lucky enough to have a big fast bowler. That’s when the laughing and sledging bonds everyone even more. When a fielder yells to a teammate this bloke is shitting himself (referring that the batsman does not like facing the big fast bowler) the whole team will laugh and carry on and bond that little bit more. Let me tell ya when 10 blokes are clapping and chatting over a dot ball victory is just around the corner (how in the hell could I explain that)
And lets not forget the 6 or so hours after the game. Those hours are for more bonding through stories of the days play and post mortems of what could have been done better. So, for me cricket was the closest thing to going into a battle with a group of mates you wanted to go into battle with. And win, lose or draw (yep there is draws) you are going to give 100% for yourself and your teammates and have a great time doing it.
In this fast past society where everyone is trying to climb over everyone to make money at whatever cost I do miss those small battles within the battle out on the cricket field. I couldnt be bothered with playing them in the real world…