Cricket Isn’t Soccer: A Question Of Balls

Continuing my series exploring the difference between soccer and cricket (no, really, they are different!), consider the question of “home advantage.” A number of media outlets have pointed out that visiting teams are having a hard time adapting to South African conditions (those damn vuvuzelas!); the local grass is some weird hybrid, and the damn soccer ball — so carefully crafted by some South Asian village, no doubt — is doing some weird things.

Right. As The Washington Post put it, this is all whining, and wouldn’t be tolerated in cricket. Sure, some captains put out a whimper or two about SG balls when they visit India, but they also know no one really cares. Much more than other sports, cricket tolerates differences and varying conditions (in pitch, weather, balls, bats). Not only does it make visiting teams try harder, but it has led to a range of different styles of game (spinners in India, e.g.; swing bowling in England).

So, get over it, people. Besides, Brazil’s gonna win anyway.

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4 thoughts on “Cricket Isn’t Soccer: A Question Of Balls

  1. sports says:

    Hi, nice post. Your post about cricket-soccer is really informative and useful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Som says:

    Could not really agree. Take away the crowd and I don’t think there is any home advantage as such in soccer. And the team which has home advantage in FIFA World Cup is not going to win by a mile:) I think cricket’s nature necessitates only the perfect condition, especially in the 22 yards. And cricket captains would rank way higher than his soccer cousin as a whiner. Every defeat is invariably followed by excuses like it was a greentop/dustbowl, weather suited the hosts/visitors, sightscreen was not adjusted, break caused concentration laps, light was not ok…it just goes on.

    • I agree, Som — there isn’t any home advantage in soccer. That’s my point; in cricket, there are hugely varying conditions and its athletes understand — even if they don’t declare it publicly — that they have to deal with different conditions (which is why you have South Africa, for instance, trying to develop a quality spinner).

      Sure, there’s whimpering in cricket too. But that’s partly a reaction to the cruel fates; at heart, I think most understand that this is what separates cricket from other sports (the need to respect factors out of human control). Soccer players, apparently, don’t appreciate that as much.

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