After football, cricket is the second most loved sport in the world. In Asian countries, especially, the game is considered a religion.
India is currently one of the best and most competitive teams in global cricket, and every morning, thousands of kids flock to their nearest cricket club with one hope – that of becoming the next Sachin Tendulkar.
Playing the game has various benefits, both physical as well as social. Let us take a look at a few –
Bowling, wicketkeeping, hitting the ball, stopping runs or taking a catch, all of it requires physical movement, which in turn strengthens muscles.
Cricket as a whole requires gross motor skills which tone your body.
Improves your ability to focus
While bowling in the right direction, or batting, the focus is the key. Hand-eye coordination requires you to focus well, which in turn helps you in several ways off the field as well.
Children playing cricket benefit the most from focus, it helps them in their studies as well.
Helps you socialise
Cricket is a team sport, where 11 players represent one team.
Again, this is especially helpful for school going kids. You learn how to cope with a loss.
Improves your confidence
Captaining includes making important decisions related to the game and ensuring that all the other 10 members follow the rules and regulations of the game.
Cricket is one of the best ways to improve your balance. Diving to take a catch or throwing the ball to the wicket for a run-out, everything requires you to maintain balance. It also improves your flexibility. Taking a catch near the boundary rope is the best way to test how well you can balance yourself.
Helps your cardiovascular system
Running and fielding is a good exercise to maintain the health of your cardiovascular system. The heart pumps more blood when you run on the field. It betters the functioning of your lungs too.
Controls body weight
Playing cricket, i.e. running and fielding also helps to control your body weight. Body fat is burned, which in return gives you a fit and lean body.
Cricket improves your flexibility too, which in turn reduces the risk of injuries.
Better acceptance to reality
One of the toughest things in life is to accept reality when things do not go your way. Losing a cricket match, or losing in any sport for that matter, helps you accept reality in a better and quicker way.
Cricket, thus, is not just a spot limited to the 22 yards, but in many ways, it is a way of life and healthy living.
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