2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

The Physics of Cricket
Prashant Dhakal
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor

Cricket, the second most famous sport in the world after soccer, is a game filled with excitement. But under this pleasure of the game, there lie significant laws of physics which control the sport. It is significantly dominated from the laws of classical physics and in some cases quantum mechanics. As in baseball, which uses a bat and a ball, the game is dictated by momentum and torques. Played in a turf that also requires maximum attention, the game's appreciation lies in the amount of runs a batsman gains and the number of wickets a bowler takes. I will try to demonstrate these different laws involved in the game, and how they determine the whole game. From the smoothness of the balls, to the ruggedness of the bat, this so called "Gentleman's game" is a sport that defines the very essence of physics.

Keywords: Cricket


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 54-2
Location: VH 1412
Time: 3:00

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