A cricket pitch is a carefully prepared rectangular area of the field where the game of cricket is played. It is a crucial component of the game, as it directly affects the behavior of the ball and the strategies employed by both batsmen and bowlers.
The pitch is typically made of closely mowed and rolled natural grass. It measures 22 yards (20.12 meters) in length and is bounded on either end by wooden structures called stumps. The width of the pitch is usually around 10 feet (3.05 meters).
The pitch usually consists of three main sections: the batting crease, the bowling crease, and the popping crease. The batting and bowling creases are marked by white lines, while the popping crease is marked by a series of short dashes. The batting crease is where the batsman takes their stance, while the bowling crease is where the bowler delivers the ball from. The popping crease, located in front of the stumps, acts as a reference line for the batsman and helps the umpire determine whether the batsman is safe or dismissed.