The second most popular sport in the world, according to mostpopularsports.net, is not baseball, football or basketball, but rather cricket. Now, that sport has invaded Wayne State with the Wayne State Cricket Team, led by President Rohan Uttarwar, a graduate chemical engineering major.
According to a video titled “What is cricket,” and the website cricket-rules.com, cricket is a game that involves two teams consisting of 11 players and is played on a special rectangular field known as the cricket pitch, surrounded by the close-infield, the infield, and the outfield. Each team bats one time while the other plays the field. To play the game, the bowler – similar to a pitcher – bowls the ball towards the batter trying to get him out.
To get a player out, three things can be done: the bowler must break the stumps, which are wooden sticks behind the batter; a fielder can catch the ball in the air; or the ball can beat the player to the other side of the pitch.
To score runs, a batter, after hitting the ball, must run to the other end of the pitch for one point, and can keep going until the ball gets back. If the ball leaves the field after hitting the ground, it is worth four points, and if the ball leaves the field in the air it is worth six runs.
The Wayne team competes during the summer in the MichCa, Michigan Cricket Association, in the T20 and GLT leagues, with the goal of getting even bigger.
“The cricket team’s primary objective is to build a team that will represent Wayne State in ACC, American College Cricket,” Uttarwar said. “ACC is the highest level of college cricket played in the United States.”
According to Uttarwar, he has been playing cricket since he learned how to run. Growing up in India where cricket is the primary sport, every single kid loves it, so he is no exception.
The team has to do a lot outside of the club to raise money because the university does not support the team financially.
“We work in restaurants and also fund-raising activities sponsored by the RFC Club Sports Council to raise funds for our team,” Uttarwar said. Being full-time students however, most of the players are “financially incapable of baring all the cost for equipment, tournament fees and miscellaneous stuff.”
According to Uttarwar, the cricket club team is a group that shares a special goal of playing cricket under the single banner of Wayne State University instead of playing for one of the many city teams in the area.