DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the sport Cricket has been around for at least four hundred years? According to the book written by renowned English historian Harry Altham, there was a record of an English court case dated 1597 in Old Style and 1598 in New Style, where a man named John Derrick said that he and his friends played the sport called creckett on field in Surrey fifty years before his statement, meaning the game was already being played and called creckett in the 1550s. In the same book, it was said that in 1611, two adult men in Sussex were prosecuted after they ignored Church on a Sunday but instead spent the whole day playing cricket.
The sport gained worldwide popularity on the same time that Great Britain was establishing their global empire, spreading it to North America in the late 17th century and then to Australia when they began colonizing the continent in 1788. According to a study by sports website Total Sportek, cricket matches and cricket in general is the third most popular sport in the world with an estimated 2 billion followers, just behind association football and basketball. It is still famous in Commonwealth countries like England, Australia, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In India alone, cricket is highly valued since the Indian Premier League or IPL recorded a brand value of $5.3billion because of sponsorship and advertisement deals. But it is Australia's national cricket team that is considered as the strongest team in history, with five World Cup titles, including four in the last five editions of the quadrennial event. Thanks to the Internet, cricket fans all over the world can now have easy access to live cricket streaming as well as live cricket scores.