You are likely to come across people who know cricket real well and don't know much about baseball. These tend to be people who are avid cricket followers from countries in South Asia, West Indies, Great Britian, South Africa Australia and New Zealand.
Whereas Americans, Japanese, Latin Americans and South Koreans know baseball real well, but don't know much about cricket. All they know of cricket is that the game takes too long. This is true if it is a five day test match (I like to call legacy cricket) which is not played much because it takes too long and there are other alternatives to this traditional format that has made the game more exciting, thus, popular.
Here is your opportunity to bring something that adds depth to the discussion and makes you appear knowledgeable and interesting and thus will be looked upon as someone who is also interested. This is a good way to make business, social or personal connection.
Americans generally tend to say that they dislike soccer because there is very little offense (scoring), so here is your opportunity to show them that that is not entirely true. If offense is what Americans like then why have they not adopted cricket since it is an offensive game. The purpose of cricket is to score---score lots of runs. A player can score 100 runs in one game. I think most offensive minded Americans would consider that as an offense based game.
Cricket is designed for offense. Batter stays (as long he is not out) and ballers (pitchers) rotate. The bat is wider, and fielders don't wear gloves, except the catcher. Batters don't have to run when they hit the ball. There are no foul balls. All batted balls are live, since the action is in the middle of the field.
Cricket has evolved recently with the times. They realized that 5-day test matches are impractical, so they have come up with one-day cricket matches (used in World Cup) and even gone to 20/20 (consisting of 20 overs/side). With 20/20, cricket matches are shorter than even a baseball games. The matches are played at night and it is all out slug fest. A team has to outscore its opponent to win so you can't play defensive cricket. Fans love this format and has resulted in a huge success of the Indian Premiere League (IPL)
So the question is if Americans love offense, why don't they like cricket? You just teed off a topic that can go on for a while. Just keep an empty cocktail glass with you so you can excuse yourself for a drink if the discussion gets too heated.
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