Baseball and cricket, both games are fascinating, but it’s hard to compare the two games because they have little in common other than they use a bat and ball, and they have safe-havens.
Comparisons are hard since there are three formats of cricket that change the game and strategy significantly. If you compare baseball to T20 since they are both three-hour games that almost always end with a winner and a runner-up.
In baseball, the main tension is between pitcher and hitter where the hitter has the opportunity to select the pitch to hit and the pitcher tries to hit the part of the strike zone where the hitter is weakest. It also means that each member of the lineup has a different agenda as to how they will hit if there are runners on the bases. They have to work to bring the runner home so bunting, sacrifice flies come into play.
In cricket, the batter is, at the very least, trying to get wood on the ball and put it into play. Every time a hitter chooses not to swing the bat, for whatever reason, another opportunity to put a run on the board is lost. This is especially true in limited-overs, although not so much in tests. Also, the hitter doesn’t have to worry about hitting a foul ball because they are in the center of an oval and all territory is “fair”.
Cricket is compelling as a race, one team sets the pace the other team tries to best them. The team can come out of the gate like gangbusters putting up 4’s and 6’s as if they are going to run away with it and then face a lone period of 1’s and dot balls. Ever see your team hitting great and then the next few over their run rate drop like a stone?
In baseball, momentum can change on a dime. One swing of the bat can put the game out of reach in a moment. Then again the game can get locked into a pitcher’s duel where the score is low and the pitching staff rules until one swing of the bat changes that momentum (or a string of hits and steals). Get Anthony Rizzo shirts here.
In Cricket, you really don’t even know who wins until the second team is halfway through their allotted overs (and in the test, it seems like the team emerges as an apparent winner halfway through the match, and then the other team starts to play for a draw). The point is that the momentum of who is “winning” changes much slower because it has to develop over the course of one or more overs after the team that bat’s first is done.
Of course, these observations are generalities and at the end of the day, the game you are more familiar with will be more exciting and compelling to you. You might as well ask what is more compelling, Basketball or football. After all, both games are about putting something into a goal to score.