Why does an over in Cricket have exactly 6 balls?

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There was a Cricinfo article which discussed the number of balls in an over, and which suggested (emphasis added):

There is no recorded reason for the moves from four balls to five and from five to six. But it is understood that the shortness of four- and five-ball overs - which meant too many over changes in the course of a day, and also did not afford bowlers too much leeway in terms of building up a rhythm and plotting a dismissal - contributed to their demise. [...] Again there is no recorded official reason for the move to six balls after 1978-79, but it is widely believed that with the commercialisation of the sport and post the Kerry Packer revolution, there was no room for the eight-ball over, and the six-ball over was a happy balance.

With that in mind, I'm inclined to think that this question is not definitively answerable to any further extent. The length of the over appears to be partially arbitrary (it has to be some length) and partially pragmatic...

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In the sport of cricket, an over consists of six consecutive balls bowled by a single bowler from one end of a cricket pitch to the batsman at the other end.

After six deliveries, the umpire calls 'over'; the fielding team switches ends, and a different bowler is selected to bowl from the opposite end. The captain of the fielding team decides which bowler will bowl any given over, and no bowler may bowl two overs in succession.

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Although this has not always been so[1], with overs of four, and eight balls, currently an over must consist of six legal deliveries. If the bowler bowls a wide or a no ball, that illegal delivery is not counted towards the six-ball tally, and another delivery will need to be bowled in its place.[2]

In the event that a bowler is injured, or is sent out of the attack by the umpire (for disciplinary reasons, such as bowling beamers), during the middle of an over, a teammate completes any remaining...

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You've bowled in the IPL since 2009 and have been playing for India since 2010. How have you seen the role of spinners evolve?
I think initially people never gave spinners a chance. They thought spinners will just be hammered all over the park. That has changed over the last six to seven years of the IPL, and even in T20 cricket across the globe. Teams started to believe in what the spinners could bring to the table. But at this stage, as we speak, T20 cricket has changed. In the next couple of years, par scores will be tested. I have no doubt that the game has definitely gone to the next plateau.

You are saying that this is a crucial juncture?
Especially playing in the IPL, having played in Australia and Bangladesh and other places, the grounds in India are turning out to be of a size where it makes a batsman believe that even a quarter of a decent hit would clear the fence, which is definitely putting the spinners in a bit of risk, in terms of...

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Cricket is a game played primarily in England and other countries throughout the Commonwealth. The sport is played on an oval field with the pitch situated in the center of the ground. Each team has 11 players to carry out the different functions of the game. Some players are included for their batting potential, while others bowl. Every team has a wicketkeeper, whose function is similar to that of a backstop.

Two batsmen must be at the crease at any one time, and the other team fields and attempts to prevent as many runs as possible. The number of overs to be bowled is agreed on before the game commences. No bowler can bowl two consecutive overs. The fielding team can choose anyone to bowl an over; however, there are restrictions in some forms of the game. For example, in a 50-over match, no bowler can deliver more than 10 overs, or one-fifth, of the total number. In test matches, there are no limits on the number of overs for each bowler.

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Cricket has come along way in the last 2-3 decades from colour kits to Twenty matches and extensive broadcasting with so many different camera angles. The introduction of T20 which is a fast paced cricket format players are more eager to take the aerial route now compared 90’s era combine that with new bat technologies and batting paradise wickets around the world we often see fastest fifties, centuries and even double hundreds in ODI cricket.

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Cricket has evolved and there is no better sight than a batsman getting under the ball and hitting it out of the park, today we take a look at some of the longest sixes hit in international cricket. Of course the footage below only contain sixes hit in what I like to call modern day broadcasting era starting from late 90s to date.

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In the sport of cricket, an over is a set of six balls bowled from one end of a cricket pitch.

In a harder over, a single bowler delivers six balls in succession, from one end of the pitch, to the batsman at the other end. After six deliveries, the umpire calls 'over'; the fielding team switches ends, and a different bowler is selected to bowl an over from the opposite end of the pitch, while the batsmen do not change ends. The captain of the fielding team decides which bowler will bowl any given over, and no bowler may bowl two overs in succession.

Overview

An over must consist of six legal deliveries. If the bowler bowls a wide or a no ball, that illegal delivery is not counted towards the six-ball tally, and another delivery will need to be bowled in its place.

In the event that a bowler is injured, or is sent out of the attack by the umpire (for disciplinary reasons, such as bowling beamers), during the middle of an over, a team-mate completes any...

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From Academic Kids

In the sport of cricket an over is a series of six consecutive balls bowled by a single bowler. No bowler is allowed to bowl more than one consecutive over.

Specifically, an over must consist of six legal deliveries. No balls and wides do not count as one of the six balls in an over.

In one-day cricket bowlers are restricted to the total number of overs they may bowl in a match and the length of the game is determined by the total number of overs bowled (usually 40 or 50 per innings). In Test and county cricket, teams are usually required to bowl a minimum number of overs per day to prevent spoiling of the game by a slow over rate.

Each consecutive over is bowled from the opposite end of the pitch ensuring that both batsmen face the bowling.

A maiden over is one in which no runs are scored.

Tactical considerations in bowling overs

The over is a fundamental unit in the tactical planning of the fielding side....

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The art of hitting the ball out of the park for six runs is something every batsman looks to master. There are only very few batsmen who have done it six times in a row, though, managing to launch the cricket ball outside the ground with consummate ease – connecting all 6 times, without fail.

Here I present to you some of the finest batsmen of the game who hammered and swung their way into this list of batsmen to hit six sixes off six consecutive deliveries:

Note: There have been others like Kieron Pollard and Jordan Clark who have smashed six consecutive sixes, but those came at a level lower than first-class or international level. Hence, they have been excluded from the below list.

1. Sir Garfield Sobers – Nottinghamshire, 1968

The greatest all-rounder to have played the game of cricket, Sir Garfield Sobers, made a historic achievement on August 31, 1968. Once described as a 'five in one cricketer' by Donald Bradman himself, Sobers became the first...

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A cricket ball is round and hard, right?

Well, not exactly.

Many players claim the white balls used for limited-overs games have more swing and more sting than the more traditional cherry-red ones.

We did a little digging to find out more...

Why were white balls introduced in the first place?

White balls are used in limited-overs matches that usually require the team batting second to play their innings under floodlights.

Under these conditions a white ball is easier to see than a red one.

Is there a difference in the way they are made?
The materials used to make cricket balls are the same now as in the 1700s.

All cricket balls are made from cork and latex rubber on the inside with leather on the outside.

But white balls show up scuffs and blemishes more than red ones.

So they have a harder-wearing coating to stop them getting dirty.

What do the manufacturers say?

Leading cricket ball...

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