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    The quintessence of cricket

    One for the cricketing romantics out there.

    Which one feature, aspect or facet of our sport best defines or evokes it? What, for you, is most uniquely "cricket"?

    Unoriginal a thought as it is, for me it's that gorgeous crack of leather pinging off willow. In my own meagre estimation it's the most evocative sound in all sport. No matter what the format, the venue or the conditions that wonderful noise is the same the world over.
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    The sound of the ball crashing onto the stumps is music to my ears.


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    One of the great things about cricket is that fans follow it even from a scorecard and still enjoy the match (thanks cricinfo).

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    I've always found the moment the ball is traveling from an edge towards the slips to be perhaps the most tense part of cricket. Time seems to slow down at times as the ball travels from the edge towards first slip. Everyones known what's happened, and are just weighting for the inevitable, which often doesn't occur. When your favourite player's bowling it's a mixture of excitement and heart in the mouth time, as you weight for the ball to be caught. While when your favourite batsman is batting, it's a moment of despair with a tiny bit of hope that the ball will be grassed.

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    Spending a whole day away from home dressed in whites.
    Spending a whole night watching test cricket played 12 hours away.
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    Don't find appeals appealing.

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    A cover drive. Particularly the one I saw Viswanath playing off Thomson.

    When important things impinged on my time I stopped playing cricket but started playing indoor. Once I managed to middle a ball so perfectly it lasered off my bat with barely a tip from me. Oh what a feeling - that seemed to radiate from my bat and throughout my very pleased body. Forget quintessence it was sexessence. The only thing that snapped me out of my rapture was the opposition's successful appeal for run out as I was admiring my shot in my mind's mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    I've always found the moment the ball is traveling from an edge towards the slips to be perhaps the most tense part of cricket. Time seems to slow down at times as the ball travels from the edge towards first slip. Everyones known what's happened, and are just weighting for the inevitable, which often doesn't occur. When your favourite player's bowling it's a mixture of excitement and heart in the mouth time, as you weight for the ball to be caught. While when your favourite batsman is batting, it's a moment of despair with a tiny bit of hope that the ball will be grassed.
    Hadn't thought about it before but you're dead right - top post
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    Quote Originally Posted by the big bambino View Post
    A cover drive. Particularly the one I saw Viswanath playing off Thomson.

    When important things impinged on my time I stopped playing cricket but started playing indoor. Once I managed to middle a ball so perfectly it lasered off my bat with barely a tip from me. Oh what a feeling - that seemed to radiate from my bat and throughout my very pleased body. Forget quintessence it was sexessence. The only thing that snapped me out of my rapture was the opposition's successful appeal for run out as I was admiring my shot in my mind's mirror.
    Cover drives suck.

    Also fully agree with Cabinet about nicking to the cordon.
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    Mine's the ball castling the stumps and bails flying

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