Video explains cricket


64 Responses to “Video explains cricket”

  1. crummett says:

    Wow, that explains a lot!

    • There is a great Indian film called “Ran” that came out a few years back about a cricket match between the locals and the British. It takes place during the Victorian era. I think it’s like 3 hours running time, but my god, watching it you feel like you are at this cricket match for days….thing just drags on…but it was very entertaining.

  2. dw says:

    finally I can chat with the Indian folks in the office, I can’t wait till Monday, “and a trefflled for him”. they are going to think I’m so cool.

  3. dexitroboper says:

    I’m sorry, that’s just not cricket.

  4. Alpacaman says:

    I do find cricket a more interesting sport than, say, American Football. Living in the Commonwealth  makes you strange like that.

  5. Paul Renault says:

    “..they’re going for the threesome..”

  6. duc chau says:

    I suppose I understand it a bit better now. Subtitles would have helped, given the thick accents and all.

  7. Yay! Jiskefet! Sadly not as representative of Dutch humor as they should be. Néerlandophones may enjoy Jiskefet’s incredibly obscure radio-precursor Borát (note the accent).

  8. Amsterdaam says:

    That’s all well and good but I still don’t understand where the candied yams come into play. 

  9. CliffStoll says:

    It’s 43-man Squamish for me, thank you.

  10. Keith Poole says:

    Not enough sledging for a real game of cricket though

  11. SeanConnellyJr says:

    Ive seen a clip of this before in Get Him to the Greek….. WTF is it?

  12. Antinous / Moderator says:

    The question is not ‘what’ but ‘why’?  

  13. Purplecat says:

    I like the fact that this is getting a lot of appreciative comments from Americans, praising the in-depth explanation and the way they’ve memorised the rules. Show this video in England, and the reaction is “Well, yes. But they’re leaving a lot out.”

    No mention of reverse passing on opposite Thursdays, we don’t even see the award and/or use of  the amber tokens, and that’s before we even get into the complexity of Tufte’s rule for incorporating a nearby game of Mornington Crescent into the flow of play.

    I do believe that a good return play in this situation would be to fluff on the next turn, accept the possibility of Wilkinson’s gambit, making the obvious next move Turnham Green.

    • quitterjunior says:

      A left-handed gimlet rues ever so slightly.  For my turk I’d have misted the Keynes, having Wednesdayed with the nun, for rip-what.  But what a castigate!  One or three latecomers from now, that sected elbow’ll long-divide as the uncharitable canon of the late knocker, the flanker.  Kiss the bleater or you gliss for Sandwich, they say.  Trade winder rummaged on the flotsam and Johned himself the gimlet, if you can eye those knickerbockers!

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      All to be found in the Uxbridge English dictionary, of course.

    • Benjamin Klahn says:

      I knew Mornington Crescent was going to come up at some point. We Americans have our own game played on college campuses across the country. It’s a more physical game. You may have heard of it: Calvinball.

  14. Awesome to see my heroes here at boing boing :D
    Jiskefet is cool because a lot of there sketches make no sense at all
    thats their humor XD
    look for Schnautzi der Wunderhund also XD XD XD
    THX !!!

  15. allybeag says:

    Mornington Crescent!

  16. allybeag says:

    Ah – I see I wasn’t the first to think of that. Still…

  17. Jeremy LaGant says:

    Anthony Bourdain explains it best.

    • ocker3 says:

       Excellent comedy, I have to agree. I love how he skips right over the actual play of the game, and spends his time detailing minutae which won’t help a casual player.

  18. john cummings says:

    For people who don’t live in the UK the BBC show 2 hours of this game (now called Old Cricket) every weekday evening from 7- 9pm, over 50% of people watch it. Often whole families watch it together and play along with the home sets and scoring cards, often wearing “whites” (the white jumpers and trousers), however it is illegal for women to play it in public. 

  19. Shashwath T.R. says:

    Referee? REFEREE?


  20. carswell says:

    So, this is what Lord Denning was so excited about.

  21. Been to a couple of real cricket games here in Houston with my Jamaican co-worker. His wife and friends are there so he slips into patios , so the game is almost as incomprehensible as this video.

    All I know is that Jamaican store clerks and medical assistants beat the UK Consulate, but lose to the Pakistani consular team.

    The good news is that baseball/rounders lives on among the children of Yorkshire. So I have been told by an online friend from Hull. 

    • Donald Petersen says:

      The good news is that baseball/rounders lives on among the children of Yorkshire. So I have been told by an online friend from Hull.

      One of my favorite memories of a recent trip to London involved finding a group of twentysomethings engaged in a raucous attempt of a softball game in Regents’ Park.  God, it was hilarious.  Fit and athletic, one and all, but nobody seemed to know how to hold, let alone swing, a baseball bat.  But man, were they having fun.

      I have no doubt they’d have cleaned my clock at just about any other sport you could name.  But I was sorely tempted to drag my then-37-year-old scrawny ass over to them and Show ‘Em How It’s Done In The Colonies.  For a brief, shining moment I coulda been Roger Effin’ Maris.

  22. tw1515tw says:

    Cricket is much simpler than it appears.

    You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. 
    Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. 

    Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. 

    There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.

  23. allium says:

    Ah, so it’s like Numberwang. That explains a lot.

  24. isopraxis says:

    My favorite Lesser-Middle Brittania squadron are the Sirs Digby Chicken Ceasar.  Pity about the local hooligans though – They tend to give the sport a terrible chafing.  They’re like wet woolen petty-garters, the lot of them.

  25. Andrew S. says:

    I just don’t understand how Europeans can have fun at professional gentlemen’s sports like this with the gaping absence of cheerleaders on the sidelines…

  26. Adjam Oliver says:

    Sounds just like the real commentary D:

  27. Hakan Koseoglu says:

    The comments and the video reminds me of the Cricket described in The Coming of the Terraphiles. That didn’t make any sense either. 

  28. daen says:

    Ah, makes me yearn for dear old Johnners and his obsession with cake on Test Match Special

    Brian Johnston started the fad of the public sending cakes to the commentary box. In Johnston’s day they were chocolate cakes, whereas now fruit cakes seem to be more popular. Indeed, the Queen herself reportedly had a fruit cake baked for the TMS team. She said that it was baked “under close supervision” by her following Jonathan Agnew’s light hearted questioning of her as to whether she might have baked it herself. Henry Blofeld is reported to have said that it contained a goodly portion of “Royal brandy”.

  29. setdog says:

    Having spent several enjoyable afternoons watching cricket on UK TV, I can only say, 1) hilarious; and 2) spot on, lads. 

  30. CliffStoll says:

    Was that J.R.”Bob” Dobbs assisting with the fringing of the ring?

  31. DoctorDoak says:

    Reminds me of Bill Bryson’s take on listening to cricket on the radio from In a Sunburned Country:

  32. w3c w3c says:

    The narrator sounds a lot like Peter Serafinowicz!

  33. Van Diemen says:

    That was much more engrossing than the actual game.
    You go to the real game & it’s more interesting to watch the crowd watching the game.
    Cup Snakes are fascinating.

  34. db says:

    Are the three gentlemen working against each other or as a team?

    • phuzz says:

       It’s a lot more complicated than that and there are various layers of strategy involved but you’ll soon get the hang of it after a few frobets.
      Mind you, at my school we always played Powester’s Thursday rules, which as I’m sure you’ll realise, requires three and three quarter players, with the odd man in required to change his/her direction of dangle based on the score and thud of the other players and the referee’s surname.

  35. As a cricket fan, I approve. This is v funny

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