Here We Take a Closer Look at the Similarities Between Cricket and Aikido

Aikido and cricket, believe it or not, have a lot in common. If you don’t believe us, we highly recommend that you check this article out.

The same will happen to a little boy that goes to aikido lessons for the first time. He will want to chuck his opponent to the ground, but his instructor will teach him all about defense first. He will be told that you need to know how to defend before you can attack. As they like to say in soccer, defense is the best form of attack.

All cricket fans will be fully aware of this. A batsman who has just got out in the middle to bat, would be stupid to start swinging from the hip right away (unless they are playing in a T20 match). He needs to assess and understand the conditions before beginning his assault. He cannot do this from the pavilion, so he needs to defend first.

 Footwork is Key

In aikido, a lot of effort is put into learning how to move your feet properly. If your foot movement is poor, you are making yourself more vulnerable. You will also receive a lot of training in order to strengthen your legs and make the necessary foot movement come naturally to you.

It is definitely the same for cricket (although leg strength isn’t as important here). If your foot work is poor in cricket, you won’t score many runs at all. Therefore, those who are learning how to play cricket will undergo a lot of training in order to ensure that their footwork is how it should be. The coach will stand a couple of meters away and will throw ball after ball towards him that he has to move towards accordingly. The training will carry on until the coach is satisfied that they player knows when to move forward to a ball or when to move back.

The Art of Patience

In aikido, it is important to be patient. If your opponent is not giving you a chance to attack him, then just be patient and defend. He will let his guard down eventually and that will be your moment to pounce.

The very same rules apply in cricket. There will be times when the bowler is bowling good ball after good ball after good ball. The key here is to be patient and not be drawn into playing a rash shot at a good ball. If you do, you will end up taking an early walk back to the pavilion. Keep in the mind that the bowler cannot keep bowling forever and that he will tire eventually. When he tires, the bad balls will start to creep into play, which is when you can start scoring runs. Just be patient until the bad balls arrive.

Evasion is a Must

Being evasive is something that you need to be able to do in both aikido and cricket. In aikido, you need to learn how to be evasive so that you can avoid some nasty blows. In cricket you need to learn how to be evasive so that you can get out of the way of those nasty bouncers. Knowing when to dodge and when to attack or defend is something that is important in both aikido and cricket. If this is something that you are poor at, you are going to end up with some nasty looking bruises. Info taken from :

Timing is Everything

In aikido, if you get your timing right you can bring your opponent to the ground and disable them. Get your timing wrong, and you are simply just asking for trouble to come your way.

In cricket, in order for the batsman to get a successful connection the ball, they need to have precision timing. Cricket fans love nothing more than hearing the sound that is made when the ball meets the center of the cricket bat. When the timing is good, the runs will flow, and the fielding team will start to panic. When the timing is poor, the ball might strike the edge and fly to the fielder in the slip cordon.

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