Over a long period of time, Cricket has adopted many traditions. Some of these has become immensely popular among the fans all over the world. So, let’s have a look at such five famous traditions in cricket.
Every culture, religion, folk or a clan has some unique norms. Needless to say, these norms have replicated themselves to become traditions. And we know that traditions serve as the identity of that very culture or religion etc.
According to many cricket fans, cricket is no less than a religion. And cricket ia also enriched by many traditios. Here we will talk about some of them.
Ringing Lord’s Bell
Lord’s Cricket ground in London is well renowned as the “Home of Cricket”. The ground has a great tradition of ringing the bell in the pavilion not only for the international games but also for the county matches as it’s also the home ground of Middlesex County Cricket Club.
The bell, which is located outside the bowler’s bar of the lord’s pavilion, is rung just 5 minutes before the beginning of the game. It’s a honour for everyone to be invited in the famous occasion on the morning of a test match.
The first such incident at the iconic Lord’s ground occurred when the home English side took on the West Indies back in 2007. And the world saw the lengendary batsman Viv Richards and the former producer of BBC test match, Peter Boxer, to experience it for the very first time.
It’s not always that great Cricketers are only those who ring the bell but all the legends of various fields are invited to do the job. Jamaican Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake and broadcaster Stephen Fry are among those lucky ones.
The latest legends to ring the bell in 2019 were Isha Guha, Mel Jones, Shane Warne, Sam & Luca Strauss, Paul Collingwood, John Reeve and Ed Joyce.
The Boxing Day Test Match
Just the next day after the Christmas i.e December 26, is celebrated as boxing day in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.
But why is the day called as boxing day ? As per the people of one category, it refers to the poor boxes of the church that used to be opened on the day after the Christmas. The other categories of people believe that there are so many gifts of boxes that are distributed among all the workers and the servants who toiled hard in the Christmas.
On the specific day, a number of sporting events are organised in those countries. In Australia, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) hosts the boxing day test from 26 to 30 December between the Aussies and the team which is on that tour. The initial boxing day test was staged between Australia and England. India so far have played 8 boxing day test matches and will hope to play the same if the tour happens after all the COVID-19 pandemic. (By the way Cricket Australia has announced their Cricket schedule and Ind is set to play their 9th boxing day test match.)
The only time since 1980 when a test match has not started on the boxing day at the MCG was in 1989. At that time Sri Lanka came up against the kangaroos to play a ODI game.
The boxing day test game highlights the old tradition of cricket and attracts a lot of spectators with the highest being 91112 against England in 2013.
Wearing The Baggy Green Cap
The baggy green, a Cricket cap of a dark green colour, worn by the Australian test players, is described as the “Most famous Cricket Cap” in the world by the chief of the MCC.
Steve Waugh regularly described the cap as an honour and very vital for the success of the team – “To be able to be part of these rituals and traditions has meant you have been awarded with the highest honour in Australian Cricket.”
Though the cap was routinely issued on every tour, some of the players used it as an “Non-cricketing” equipment. Bill Lawry used the cap for cleaning his pigeon’s nest, Bill Ponsford used the cap to protect his hair while painting his house. But some of the Cricketers hugely showed respect to the baggy green and Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh are among them.
Even players like Shane Warne, who preferred a floppy sun hat, would take part in the rituals showing a great respect to the baggy green.
The Ashes, a test series played between England and Australia, is something that all the Cricket fans of different countries look for in every year. Generally the winner of the series holds the Ashes trophy but if the series is drawn, then the Ashes will be retained by the team who won it last time. Currently, the glory belongs to Australia as they retained it after a drawn series (2-2) on the English soil last year, having won it in the 2017-2018 period.
The term “Ashes” was first used after England had lost to Australia for the first time in their soil, a day later the Sporting Times carried a mock obituary. A small urn was presented to Bligh by a group of Melbourne women. The contents of the urn are reputed to be the Ashes of a wooden bail. Irrespective of which side wins it, the urn remains in the MCC museum at Lord’s (A story speaks the wooden bails were burnt by Jonet Lady Clarke on Christmas Eve in 1882 at her home).
Sir Donald Bradman has scored the most runs (5028) in the Ashes with Shane Warne is the highest wicket taker with 195. The next edition will be played on Australian soil in 2021-2022.
(We will make separate articles on the Ashes).
Picking Up a Hat-Trick
In the sport of Cricket, in an occasion, when a bowler takes three wickets in three consecutive deliveries by dismissing three different batsman, the achievement is called hat-trick.
The term originated in Cricket, where it refers to three wickets in there back to back deliveries, traditionally rewarded with the presentation of a hat. Later it was transferred to ice hockey, soccer, basketball and then to more general use. The first hat-trick was recorded on 2nd January, 1879 in only the third test match by Australian pacer Fred Spoffarth at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The first ODI hat-trick was taken by Pakistani bowler Jalal-ud-Din against Australia in 1982. Malinga has the most number(4) of hat-tricks in ODI. The glory of the first t-20 hat-trick belongs to Australian pacer Breet Lee against Bangladesh in 2007.
These remain some of the great Cricket rituals that the Cricket fans are proud of. Those such occasions are so much exciting in the battle of bat and ball and we will pray to the almighty that Cricket will start again after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you know about more rituals of Cricket, comment us about that and don’t forget to comment your favourite tradition of this list. Thanks for reading.