A New Debate: Which Cricket is Better to Watch, a Four Or a Six?

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A New Debate: Which Cricket is Better to Watch, a Four Or a Six?
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I do not know if such a debate has ever been done before but this is surely something interesting by my standards.

There are two kinds of boundaries in cricket, a four and a six. And for the first time it came to my mind that there may be a competition between these two as well.

I do not know if such a debate has ever been done before but this is surely something interesting by my standards.

There are two kinds of boundaries in cricket, a four and a six. And for the first time it came to my mind that there may be a competition between these two as well.

On one side there are the fours, which have always been more in number than the sixes but less in individual value.

There is a certain class about most of the fours, the fact that there are so many fielders in between to pierce and it is not so easy to find the gaps in between these  guards. 

These are the fours which are so demoralizing for the bowler as he knows that the batsmen played ball with extreme skill. The bowler knows that it is easy to loft the ball up in the air but it is far more difficult to control it and play it along the ground in such a way that once the ball has hit the bat it reaches the fence without problems.

At the same time a four is also something a bowler will enjoy more as the he knows that hasn't been given the ultimate insult.

He also knows that the batsman is somewhere scared of lofting the ball when he looks to hit a full toss along the ground rather that in the air for six (I am not saying every full toss can be hit for six). Well, it's another way to look at it.

Also, a four means a lot to the batsmen as he knows he can control the ball and hit it along the ground. It also gives him the assurance that he doesn't have to take the risk of lofting a ball as he can get runs along the ground.

Somewhere I am sure he also connects a well hit four to class. And who wouldn't as Don (Bradman) himself, was hardly a six hitter and demoralized the bowlers mostly with boundaries.

On the other hand, there are those hits which never have the pleasure to massage the ground. But what the do have is the luxury of travelling by air. Yes, I am talking about the sixes.

They are the ultimate insult to a bowler.

The Maximum No. of runs someone can get of a legitimate ball can only be fetched by this.

Though earlier I said that it s is easier to loft a ball compared to play it along the ground(which is something most cricket fans know), I would like to add that there is a difference between lofting a ball and hitting it for six.

The "DLF Maximum" as it is called these days requires a great degree of power. So a six is also a indicator of the power you can produce as a batsman.

Many sixes are also a result of great timing. So sixes can also be an ultimate test of a batsman's timing. So that means a six is a very skillful shot too.

But more than anything else, it takes a huge deal of mental strength to go over the top of the fielders. You know that a miscue can cost you your wicket. And let me tell you, there are the commentators and experts sitting who will tear the batsman apart if that happens.

For the bowler, there can hardly be a positive when it comes to a six. But still there is one thing that even he can like about the six. He can force the batsmen to go over the top as his bowling was so good that along the ground the batter could not score at all.   

So these are the two side of the debate. Which side do you choose?

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When I talk of the fours and sixes, I do not take in the edges that fly of the bat. The ones I am talking of are proper hits.

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