I like watching cricket. I hear phrases like:

He played a great innings and brought his team home.

He remained there till the end to ensure he sees his team home.


He is in the form of his life.

What do the phrases in the bold mean? In the initial ones, I could not understand in what context they are using the word "home". I am sure it means winning the match though.

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    None of these phrases are specifc to cricket. The only term that is unique to cricket in the OP's sentences is "innings," which is a singular noun in cricket, but a plural noun in baseball. (The plural form of the cricket term is also also "innings").
    – alephzero
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 12:06

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You're right, the first two phrases mean the team is winning. It's used here in the sense of

2 b: to or at an ultimate objective (such as a goal or finish line)
// fired the puck home

(source: Merriam-Webster)

The form of his life means that the player is in his best form ever, see the following definition of 'of one's life':

Being the greatest, worst, or best occasion of a lifetime

(source: The Free Dictionary)

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    "Form" would be used similarly to "shape", yes? On top of one's game?
    – user45266
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 8:28
  • Yes, correct. Definition 12c.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 8:29

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