Cricket On The Scorecard – A Visualising Experience
Cricket is undoubtedly one of the most exciting sports there is. Both for the polished analyst as well as that guy who lives for exciting moments, cricket has plenty to offer. While the best experience undoubtedly comes from watching from the stadium itself, television has evolved so much that now watching from your HD TV with surround speakers and a box of pizza with ice cream for dessert provides an experience just as enthralling. However, this experience is often a tad harder to get for us cricket fans who live in countries where cricket is not quite the hot sport. Stadium watching is completely out of the question (unless you have a lot of money and passion), and getting high quality streams is sometimes very tedious. I know that starsports streams a majority of the big matches, but probably because I live in Korea, this starsports gives me this message of death instead of cricket more often than not:Racism….pfft (just kidding).
The only other streams available to me are ones that have such low quality and so much buffering that I usually just prefer to go watch IPL highlights.
To add to all of this, ICC clearly didn’t plan the timing of the matches to suit to the Korean time zone, so I often found myself rolled up in my bed, laptop on low volume, watching Yuvraj Singh pulverising Australia, or the West Indies outplaying Bangladesh at 2 AM. It is nonetheless fun, but it does cut in with my sleep, and sleep is good.
So in the end, my most reliable form of cricket viewing has been my cricket apps on my iPod. My favourite one used to be Yahoo Cricket’s app, which I found was neat and gave me all the info I needed. However, for some reason it lost its sense of time, and began to show scores with a delay. That’s when I switched to the espncricinfo app, which after updates, has proven to be one of the best apps I’ve ever used.
Now, I use these apps not just for the score, but for the commentary. The commentary is what helps you relive the match, and imagine what may have happened. They say good authors allow you to “live their books”. While the commentary provided on cricinfo may not be a literary work of art, but it helps me visualise nonetheless. While I may not be able to actually watch the match, I can still live the gameplay in my head. For example, if the commentary says Wriddhiman Saha is pulling Sunil Narine for sixes, I try and envision how that may work. Sometimes I may see him sitting on one knee and pulling him, or taking a step back to pull a shorter one. While the commentary does sometimes provide details that specify which one it actually is, the process of imagining it itself is quite incredible. This way, you can create your own image of cricket inside your head, which I feel is something every cricketist needs to be able to do.