How does the hardness of a cricket ball compare to a baseball?
Having played baseball for 4 years, I can confidently say a cricket ball is way harder, and has a nasty raised seam on it as well. Fuck catching cricket balls.
FYI newbs, sometimes we have cricket games that don’t involve the England team, for a treat.
I have now gone down a rabbit hole.
The bit with Nasser Hussain talking about Murali at about 5 minutes is great. ‘Before 10:30 he’s the nicest man on the planet, once he’s got a ball in his hands he’s the nastiest man in the world and just wants to get you out’.
Might as well be made of solid iron when it’s hurtling towards you at 300mph. Every facet of the game is designed to exact the purest misery upon the schoolboy being forced to play.
It’s a metaphor for war. Long (looooong) stretches of boredom punctuated by sudden incidents of pain and failure.
That’s the whole metaphor with baseball too. Exiled to the outfield, lost in boredom punctuated by moments of terror as you are hastily called to perform.