Cricket is a team sport involving a bat and ball played between two teams of eleven
players each. The objective is to score more runs (points) than
the opposing team. A match is divided into innings during which one
team bats, two batsmen at a time, and
the other team bowls.
Football is the most popular sport worldwide.
It is also called "soccer" in some countries. It is an outdoor game
that requires absolute athleticism as players have to hustle and run across the
field with the ball throughout the game. The name of the sport was derived by
the way it is played. This sport took its shape in the 18th century.
China being the mother of Football may raise a
few eyebrows. In early days, this sport was played by kids in China which was
later picked up by the senior fellows. Despite the origin in Asia, the sport
was well received and adapted by people of Europe and South-American countries.
Spain, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, and England are some of the best football
playing countries. At the same time, there are international tournaments
organized in Europe that many clubs participate and compete in for a
Field hockey is a widely
played team sport of the hockey family. The game
can be played on grass, watered turf, artificial turf or synthetic field, as
well as an indoor boarded surface. Each team plays with ten field players and a
goalkeeper. Players commonly use sticks made out of wood, carbon fibre, fibre glass or a combination
of carbon fibre and fibre glass in different quantities (with the higher carbon
fibre stick being more expensive and less likely to break) to hit a round,
hard, plastic hockey ball. The length of
the hockey stick is based on the
player's individual height: the top of the stick usually comes to the players
hip, and taller players typically have taller sticks. The sticks have
a round side and a flat side only the flat face of the stick is allowed to be
used; if the other side is used it results in a foul. Goalies often have a
different kind of stick; however, they can also use an ordinary field hockey stick.
The specific goal-keeping sticks have another curve at the end of the stick,
this is to give them more surface area to save the ball. The uniform consists
of shin guards, shoes, shorts
or a skirt, a mouthguard and a jersey.
Badminton is a racquet
sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may
be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are
"singles" (with one player per side) and "doubles" (with
two players per side). Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity
in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court.
Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it
within the opposing side's half of the court.
Each side may
only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Play ends once
the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called by the
umpire, service judge, or (in their absence) the opposing side.
is a feathered or (in informal matches) plastic projectile which flies
differently from the balls used in many other sports. In particular, the
feathers create much higher drag, causing the
shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly. Shuttlecocks also have a high top speed
compared to the balls in other racquet sports. The flight of the shuttlecock
gives the sport its distinctive nature.
Table tennis, also known as ping-pong
and whiff-whaff, is a sport in which two or four players hit a
lightweight ball, also known as the ping-pong ball, back and forth across a
table using small rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a
net. Except for the initial serve, the rules are generally as follows: players
must allow a ball played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the
table, and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least
once. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball within the
rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its
trajectory and limits an opponent's options, giving the hitter a great advantage.
Table tennis is
governed by the worldwide organization International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), founded
in 1926. ITTF currently includes 226 member associations. The table tennis
official rules are specified in the ITTF handbook. Table tennis has
been an Olympic sport since 1988, with several
event categories. From 1988 until 2004, these were men's singles, women's
singles, men's doubles and women's doubles. Since 2008, a team event has been played instead of the