Have you ever played cricket and got out? Has any bowler appealed wicket against you and whole fielding team cheered your wicket? Probably, yes. Then, how about the ways you have got out? 3? 4? or more? 10? Probably not.
Yes, you heard it right. There are 10 ways to get out in cricket. Let’s discuss each of them here in detail.
- Bowled: Probably, everyone knows this method of getting out. You plan to smack the bowler for six and then you miss out the turn and gets bowled. You have no option than to be back at the pavilion. Has that happened to you ever? If so, that is bowled. Bowled is dislodging of at least one of the bails provided that the bails don’t return back to stumps. Fielding team can’t touch the ball before it gets and hits the stumps.
- LBW: Stands for Leg Before Wicket and literally means that batsman’s leg is there before wicket. If there was no this method of dismissal, I would never have been bowled throughout my gully cricket career. I would just block the wicket and play my natural test cricket in 5 overs game. In simple words, it is blocking the ball by the body which otherwise would go to hit the stumps.
- Run out: Runs are there for reason and so is run out. Atapattu would have made his average above 40 if there was no this method of dismissal. When batsman tries to take a run, if the ball thrown by fielder hits the stumps before batsman making ground, the batsman is out. Though cricket is not a marathon, a batsman needs to be wary about their athleticism especially when it comes to the shorter format of cricket.
- Stumped: When spinners come to bowl, I always dreamt to smack then for six by stepping down the track but the only thing that stopped me is this form of dismissal. The wicketkeeper who claims himself as Gilchrist would make me stumped though not cleanly as his idol, Adam Gilchrist. Stumping basically means wicketkeeper making batsman out when he is out of the crease and he tries to play by stepping down the track.
- Hit wicket: The wicket would not have stumps in my childhood days rather they would be made of bricks. I would always be afraid if those bricks would fall to my legs. I am back foot player usually and when I try to play cut by coming back, sometimes, I would hit the bricks and get out. In real cricket, luckily the bricks would not be there and if the batsman hits the stumps and dislodges bails, the batsman would be out.
- Hit the ball twice: Cricket is not your ping-pong you play alone in your home trying to make as many hits as you can without landing the ball to the ground. You would get out if you make the second hit intentionally with bat or with any part of the body provided that you are not doing it to protect the stumps.
- Caught: Caught is a simple method of dismissal that is straightforward to explain. When the batsman hits the ball and fielding team catches the ball before it lands to the ground, the batsman is out. This method of dismissal discourages batsman to play outrageous shots in the air especially in the longer format of cricket as that would be prone to get caught.
- Obstructing the field: Excerpt from Wikipedia states:
If the batsman, by action or by words, obstructs or distracts the fielding side, then he is out. This law now encompasses transgressions that would previously have been covered by handled the ball, which has now been removed from the laws
Only one individual has ever been out obstructing the field in a Test match: England’s Len Hutton, playing against South Africa at The Oval in London in 1951, knocked a ball away from his stumps, but in doing so prevented the South African wicket-keeper Russell Endean from completing a catch
- Timed out: If a new batsman takes more than 3 minutes to be ready to face the new delivery or be in the non-striker end, the fielding team can appeal his wicket. This sort of dismissal is called timed out. It also applies when the batting team comes to bat after lunch or other breaks.
- Retired: Excerpt from Wikipedia on retired out.
If any batsman leaves the field of play without the Umpire’s consent for any reason other than injury or incapacity, he may resume the innings only with the consent of the opposing captain. If he fails to resume his innings, he is out. For the purposes of calculating a batting average, retired out is considered a dismissal.