Baseball vs. Cricket: Which is better?

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Difference between Baseball and Cricket

Sports have always been a favorite for all of mankind. Fans take pride in living vicariously through the players and teams they like best. Even though baseball and cricket claim some of the most enthusiast fans in the world, baseball is not played in every country and cricket is more known around the world but less so in the U.S. Let’s take a closer look at the warmer weather games of baseball and cricket.


Team and Game Composition

In a baseball game there will be two teams of nine players each. On the other hand, each cricket team consists of 11 players and 1 extra player.

The mechanism of play is also quite different in both the games. Baseball involves scoring runs by aiming for a thrown ball with a bat. Then the player who has hit the ball is supposed to cover all the four bases arranged in a square shaped field.

In cricket, the player is supposed to hit the ball with a bat too. But he is only supposed to run towards the other end of the pitch and back to his position for scoring a run. The diamond of a baseball measures ninety foot. On the other hand, a cricket pitch has the measurement of 22 yards.


An average baseball innings ends when the fielding team is able to record three player outs. But, in cricket there is a single innings which constitute the turn of each team. However, in baseball, there are nine innings that complete a game. Every team gets nine chances at batting, each involving a single player.

Participation of Women

Cricket is not only a gentlemen’s’ game, but girls can also participate in it. Although its true that girls and boys can’t participate in the same cricket match, separate competitions are held for girls. Baseball also allows female participation, but it does not have any such specific professional participation. Females take part in baseball games in many countries although on an amateur level.


The game of baseball does not have any variations whereas cricket has many variations in the form of T20 and 5 day (test cricket) matches.

  • Origin

    -Cricket has an older origin as compared to baseball. The game of baseball developed in England in the mid-eighteenth century. Although the first cricket match was played in southern England in 16 century, but it acquired the status of the national sport of this country at the close of 18th century.
  • Popularity

    -Baseball is a more popular sport than cricket. Today, 104 countries are registered with ICC (International Cricket Council) that prepared all the laws that regulate this game. However, the IBAF (International Baseball Federation) has 117 countries registered as its members. Baseball is played in some parts of North, South and Central America, Caribbean and East Asia.
  • Inclusion in Olympics

    -However in-spite of the lower popularity of this game, baseball has a place in summer Olympics. It was a part of them from the year 1992 to 2008. However, baseball will no longer be a part of the Olympics to be held in Vancouver in 2012. On the other hand, cricket was only allowed once in Olympics and that was in the summer Olympics held in 1900.

Which sport has louder fans?
  • Baseball
  • Cricket

Discuss It: comments 25

Baseball more popular than cricket???? In your dreams. Cricket is seen by almost 1 billion people. Baseball is only popular in japan, USA, cuba with decreasing popularity of the sport, which has to give in to soccer and cricket, even rugby and hockey. Please do not compare cricket with baseball, its just a shame to cricket. No one knows much about baseball players, and at least .5 billion people knows about Sachin

yes you are right i love cricket drink cricket and i can also die for cricket

Baseball has its own fans following. Dont heart them. Every sport some history and x factor, hence is why fans follws them. But yes it is true cricket is more popular than baseball.

LMAO Baseball is more popular than Cricket ????? Get your fact right. Cricket is 2nd most popular sport.

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  • Deathliger wrote on December 2010

Baseball has NO passion at all. In Bangladesh alone there are more cricket crazy people than baseball fans worldwide

yes, no comparison at all.... BORING (Cricket) vs CHALLENGING (Baseball) Sports....

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  • Jason Will wrote on April 2011

You're on drugs....


baseball is copy of cricket.**** americans knows that but they dont agree with it

Don't compare base ball with cricket, cricket is most famous and popular,cricket has billions of fans..

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  • romeomxms wrote on February 2011

americans r so stupid

u r awesome for saying that

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  • tikyo wrote on April 2011

Popularity wise in India nothing beats Cricket because because your population alone can cast-out any sports... but comparing the two sports... Baseball is Better... more challenging...

your absolutely correct tikyo....

You both are confused.

On the other hand, cricket was only allowed once in Olympics and that was in the summer Olympics held in 1900 <<< ITS BECAUSE CRICKET IS A VERY LOUSY SPORTS!!!! NO CHALLENGE AT ALL!!!!

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  • Jason Will wrote on April 2011

It's not in Olympics because you know you'll lose!!!! Over that you don't have guts, sportsmanship, patience or anything a cricketer requires, and it's twice as challenging as baseball can be (what? hit to the back and it's a foul and you play full tosses and the pitcher strikes from a still position, WOW like that's a CHALLENGE LOL) so it's obvious you're a cry baby calling cricket a lousy sport but in return Challenge in sport is NOT that gets a mixed result and a little interesting in the short span of time you guys are addicted to. That's more like entertainment. SPORT is higher than it.

Take that as an advantage because Cricket was not in Olympics. You can just swing your bat wild in your Baseball which in comparison is a LOUSY shot in Cricket.

Even if all the cricketers turn baseball players, they'll still be better than your own.

Get facts right, your mourning and trying to dump cricket is only a joke. Whatever you americans think is right is actually right in a fool's world.

For the info Cricket stood in contention for Olympics all the way if not for World war 1 and World war 2 and your downtrodden superiority for pushing sports in olympics. PLUS, America had about 1800 professional Cricket clubs over the US in the 1900s. Cricket BACK THEN was not meant to be in the Olympics, and it's test matches ONLY back then. So even for a Cricket lover, it's oblivious to see 60 teams fighting over those gold medals over a period of 5 days and not to talk about those spider web like fixtures that would be needed to make the teams play AND let me NOT talk about DRAWS. That would make a mass suicide in sport.

But now you have T20 and ODIs, and T20s are growing faster and versatile than any sport could've ever done. Generally, Cricket's popular in 150 nations. With the rise of T20 (I don't think you even know because i'm responding to a whiner) China, Japan, Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Fiji, Togo, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, France, Spain, Namibia, and african nations AND TO NAME A FEW are actively participating in the sub divisions of the ICC tournaments AND To STFU your Olympics criticism, Cricket is making it's way back to the Olympics, as rightly with the time and many people think it will be in contention with Football in the interest of the sport.

DON'T be just a fanatic just because you like a sport and you want to ditch the rest. Cricket is one of the most beautiful games ever made and footballing legends have tremendous respect for those who know it.

If it comes to Criticism i can be on it all day long. I love baseball as much as Cricket but it's absolutely rubbish, and will stay rubbish to put any sort of Comparison between both the beautiful sports.

Take care, and if i see a downwretching reply from you, I'm sure you didn't read this the whole way or you wanna stick to your pond of foolish ideas.


Icc is not interested to take part in olympics becuse of its heavy schedule. On the other hand, olympics president jack roggs is keen to include cricket again in olympics. Icc dont want that cricket grows under the umbrella of olympics. And we all support icc.

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  • unknown wrote on May 2013

because Olympic association is afraid about popularity of cricket

professional baseball is the hardest sport in the world by far the ability to adjust to a 78 mph curveball after you watch an on average 93 mph fastball go by is insanely hard. Cricket is boring as **** anyway

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  • czaree wrote on October 2012

The hardest sport in the world just because it's hard to hit a fast ball. Ask those fat players to run the marathon under 4 hours.

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  • john sidon wrote on April 2012

Professional baseball...

Only played by americans........haehehehe

Don't compare Cricket with a idiot game Baseball.Cricket has more numbers of fans than baseball Only the 120 crores peoples of India are very much more than the total number of baseball fans allover the world.Cricket is an uncertain, gentlemen's game.

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  • Lserric1 wrote on September 2012

Baseball was invented in America by an American: Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839 while in Cooperstown, New York. I played baseball as a kid and still play a similar game (softball) as an adult. Every country or culture has their favorites, but Baseball has certain athletic element to it that can not be matched. Baseball was an Olympic sport recently, so I would say it is growing in popularity and will continue to grow.

Baseball and Cricket are both boring to some and exciting to some. I suppose it's what you grew up with and are exposed to.I'm a football(soccer) man but I love most sports especially where the stakes are high. But after initial great interest and surprisingly after much more exposure on satellite TV I found American Football and Baseball and especially Basketball unexciting even the big games.

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  • aj wrote on December 2012

cricket is **** baseball all the way and im aussie

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