Sport is most commonly defined by a level of competition, like basketball or netball. Many forms of physical activity and some games like tennis are also considered as sports. An athlete in a sport is also often described as a player.
Different sports have varying levels of competitiveness depending on the nature of the game. The nature of the competition is also dependent on the level of skill of the players involved, for instance, a high level of skill in baseball will not necessarily translate to winning a game of cricket. However, a winning player in a sport will be considered to exert an amount of skill and exertion above and beyond the norm.
The idea of competition and the level of skill involved in it have changed over time. For instance, in cricket, a batsman might be considered to exert an amount of skill and competition in hitting a ball with a bat. The bowler might be considered to exert an amount of skill and competition in taking a wicket. The number of matches played and the popularity of the game have led to some instances of a match being set against an opponent. Sometimes, these matches are played outside the country and the winner is declared to be the “best cricketer”. This is a clear example of the concept of sporting competition.