Cricket, like most other sports, has been a force for good and it is a unifier, as it brings people closer together.
Wherever you are across the world, cricket has taken on huge importance, and the profile of international T20s as well as other big tournaments, such as the IPL, have managed to pull in huge crowds.
The inception of cricket betting has also helped put the sport on the map. Cricket is worshipped in many countries, such as India, where it is almost akin to a religion.
In India, while there may be a passion for Test cricket, there are plenty of fans who have moved away from Tests, and taken to wagering on all formats of the game. Indeed, betting sites in India have left no stone unturned in their quest to provide the best possible experience for their players. Indeed, the likes of Parimatch and Betway will have extensive markets for IPL, such as outrights and prop bets, player runs, and most wickets captured in a single innings. Whereas, if you use the likes of bet365, you will be able to enjoy live betting, and matches will be available for players to stream for free, so they don’t miss a single run or wicket when they are on the move.
But when we look at the influence of cricket more generally across society, then we shouldn’t overlook the success that video cricket games have had. These cricket games have served a purpose, and they appeal to fans, who like to play games on their mobiles, PCs, as well as some of the most reputable consoles around, such as Playstation and Xbox.
Let’s take the classic EA innovation, Ashes Cricket, for example. It is a cross-platform game that is available on a variety of devices, such as PC, Xbox One and PS4. The graphics are incredible, as you see the likes of Australian legend Steve Smith head back to the pavilion after falling foul to a sumptuous delivery from Jimmy Anderson.
The gameplay is also very realistic, and that’s what you expect from a top-notch cricket game, otherwise, it wouldn’t represent much of a challenge for the player.
Meanwhile, some cricket video games have had a legacy in the industry, and they have ultimately stood the test of time. EA Cricket 2007 is a prime example. Despite being over a decade old, the gameplay makes batting movements very pure, and you can feel the tension when you make your way to crease.
Even on mobile devices, there are certain cricket games that will appeal to iOS and Android users, such as Real Cricket 20, which incorporates multiplayer and co-op game modes. Commentary is available in English and Hindi, and it is an accurate representation of what playing cricket in any format is like.
Cricket video games have been hugely successful down the years, and if they continue to popularise the sport, then fans will only continue to lap them up in the years to come.