Cricket, lovely cricket! That is how the fans around the world think of their sport. In many of the regions where cricket is played, it is deeply rooted in the culture – a fact that goes for all traditional forms of sport. If your aim is to be a good Sports Photographer, then you must ensure that you know (at the very least) some basic facts about the sport you are going to photograph, as well as the culture in which it is played. That way, you are better able to anticipate actions on the field and gauge the reactions of the spectators to it. The photo was taken during the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) T20 Championship at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It shows batsman Nawroze Mangal, #48, of Afghanistan as he loses his wicket despite a quite valiant-looking swing of his bat. One stump has gone flying with the ball still in hot pursuit. Another of the stumps is bent in surrender to the force of the ball’s blow. Both bales are flying wildly in the air. They’ll land some distance away to be retrieved by a member of the fielding team who is more than happy to set up the stumps and bales again as the next batsman makes his way to the wicket. Mangal, no doubt, will trudge off grudging to the dressing room, making a few practice swings as he goes – reliving, for a while, the moment of his lost wicket. A photo like this one that catches a crucial (and lightning fast!) point in the game most likely will require some rapid shot-taking from the photographer. More importantly, however, it requires a keen sense of anticipation that comes from knowing the game and the possibilities that exist. As an expert Sports Photographer, I always ensure that I thoroughly research the sport, tournament and area that will be the subject of my shoot. That background knowledge, along with my technical skills in photography and years working as a photographer, is why I am able to take amazing shots like this one.