Will batsman be run out if the ball ricochets off short leg/silly point fielder *before* he can play at it?


Consider a typical situation when a batsman steps out of the crease against a spin bowler to play an attacking shot. However, the ball turns very sharply (due to pitching into a footmark/crack and/or exceptional skill of the bowler), and hits the short leg or silly point fielder (not his helmet), then ricochets on to the stumps. The ball hit the fielder before it crossed the batsman. In such case, would the batsman be run out?

Of course, if the fielder deliberately "snatches" the ball, it would be considered as significant movement distracting the batsman, and the umpire would call no ball. However, if it happens accidentally, this won't apply.

See below illustration.

.....+-----SSS-----+ S - stump .....| @ | B - batsman .....+-----@-------+ F - fielder .....| @ | @ - ball trajectory .....| @ B | ....@| | ..F..| | ....@| | .....| @ | .....| @ | .....| @ ...
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A batsman is Run out if at any time while the ball is in play no part of his bat or person is grounded behind the popping crease and his wicket(bails) is fairly put down by the opposing side.
- Wikipedia

Consider the situation, if a batsman was bowled on a no-ball and the bails were down the stumps then the batsmen are running for a run, at this time, how the fielders will try to run out the batsmen?

Consider this situation,

Batsmen are running between the wickets after hitting the ball inside the ground, the ball was thrown to the fielder/WK, he(WK) then hit the stumps with the ball, all the three stumps were pulled off the ground, but the batsman got reached and the ball slipped from his hand and gone for overthrows, now the batsmen started running between the wickets, now how the fielders will try to run out the...

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Not a boundary - see Law 19.3(a):

A boundary shall be scored [...] whenever, while the ball is in play, [...]

(i) the ball touches the boundary, or is grounded beyond the boundary.

(ii) a fielder with some part of his person in contact with the ball, touches the boundary or has some part of his person grounded beyond the boundary.

(iii) the ball, having crossed the boundary in the air, is first touched by a fielder who has not satisfied the conditions in 4(i) below.

Section 4(i) is the requirement that a fielder cannot jump from beyond the boundary to make the first touch on a ball.

The crucial part here is clause (ii) which makes reference only to the current position of the fielder, not any previous position; therefore it doesn't matter what they may have done before the catch is made, it's only where they're positioned while the catch is being...

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A wicket-keeper (bending down) and three slips wait for the next ball. The batsman – out of shot – is a left-hander.

Fielding in the sport of cricket is the action of fielders in collecting the ball after it is struck by the batsman, to limit the number of runs that the batsman scores and/or to get the batsman out by catching the ball in flight or by running the batsman out. There are a number of recognised fielding positions, and they can be categorised into the offside and leg side of the field.

A fielder or fieldsman may field the ball with any part of his body. However, if while the ball is in play he wilfully fields it otherwise (e.g. by using his hat), the ball becomes dead and five penalty runs are awarded to the batting side, unless the ball previously struck a batsman not attempting to hit or avoid the ball. Most of the rules covering fielders are in Law 41 of the Laws of cricket.

In the early days of Test cricket, fielding was not a priority and many...

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Michael Vaughan

was the most recent cricketer to be dismissed handled the ball in Test cricket, in 2001.

Handled the ball is one of the ten methods of dismissing a batsman in the sport of cricket. It dictates that either batsman can be given out if they intentionally touch the ball with a hand that is not holding their bat. An exception is given if the batsman handles the ball to avoid injury. It is governed by Law 33 of the laws of cricket, and is a rare way for a batsman to be dismissed: in the history of cricket, there have been 61 instances in first-class matches and 5 occasions in List A games. In most cases this occurs when a batsman thinks that the ball is going to hit their wicket, and knocks it away from the stumps with their hand.

In international cricket, only ten dismissals have been given in this fashion; on seven occasions in Test cricket and three times in One Day Internationals. The South African Russell Endean became the first victim of this method in...

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In the sport of cricket a No ball is a penalty against the fielding team, usually as a result of an illegal delivery by the bowler. For most cricket games, especially amateur games, the definition of all forms of No ball is from the MCC Laws of Cricket,[1] although youth cricket often has stricter rules on beamers, and international cricket has stricter rules on beamers, but laxer rules on bouncers.

The delivery of a No ball results in one run – two under some Regulations – to be added to the batting team's score, and an additional ball must be bowled. In addition, the number of ways in which the batsman can be given out is reduced to four. In shorter competition cricket, a batsman receives a 'free hit' on the ball after any kind of No ball (see below). This means the batsman can freely hit one ball with no danger of being out in most ways.

No balls due to overstepping the crease are not uncommon, especially in short form cricket, and fast bowlers tend to bowl them...

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The basic principle for the two is same: Players of one team have to attempt to score runs by hitting the ball; at the same time players of the other team have to attempt to prevent the scoring and to put batting players out.

In cricket, players attempt to defend the wickets (3 wooden sticks), while in baseball players attempt to prevent the ball going to the strike zone. The delivery distance, from release of the ball by the pitcher (baseball)/bowler(cricket) to its arrival at the batter(baseball)/batsman(cricket), is almost same in both sports.


A player who delivers the ball to start the game is said to be a bowler, who bowls, in the case of cricket and pitcher, who pitches, in the case of baseball. The fielder behind the batsman is “wicket-keeper” in case of cricket and “catcher” in case of baseball. The player who strikes the ball is called “batsman” for cricket and “batter” for baseball.


The game...

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Everybody agrees that the most popular sport in the world today is soccer. But which is the second most popular? Is it basketball? Maybe rugby? Tennis perhaps? No, as you've probably guessed by now, the answer seems to be cricket. The reason for this is that cricket is the number one sport in many countries with huge populations, such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is popular in many other countries as well, including the U.K., Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Cricket is, like baseball, a "bat and ball" game in which bowlers "bowl" the ball and batsmen try to hit "shots" with a bat and score runs for their team. As in baseball, batsmen are "out" if their shot is caught, or if they don't get to a "safe haven" in time when they're making runs. What is very different, however, is the time taken to play the game. In cricket, a single game in the traditional "Test match" format can take five full days to complete! But thankfully there are shorter formats for...

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DM's Explanation of Cricket - Bowling Strategy and Tactics

Bowling Strategy and Tactics

Field Placement

Refer to Fielding Positions for the names and locations of fielding positions.

The captain places fielders in positions designed to do two things:

Get batsmen out by being in the right places to take catches. Prevent runs being scored. Because wickets are at a premium, there will almost always be several fielders placed in positions whose primary purpose is to take catches. This includes fielders in the slips, gully, silly point, silly mid off, silly mid on, short leg, and leg slip. These are attacking fielders.

More dispersed fielding positions in the infield are designed to prevent runs, while several are also in suitable positions to take an occasional catch. Example positions of this type include point, cover, mid off, mid on, midwicket, and square leg.

Positions in the outfield are mostly used solely to prevent runs. These positions include...

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The captain is the person who sets the field in conjunction with the bowler. For every field position there is a unique name such as slip, square-leg etc. With the exception of the fielding restrictions rules mentioned earlier, fielders may be placed anywhere in the field. Captains put the fielders in positions which they feel is optimal. For example, a fielder with a strong arm, who can throw the ball fast are usually placed near the boundary. Fielders with sharp reflexes are placed close to the batsmen.

An attacking field is one in which fielders are positioned in such a way that they are likely take catches, and thus likely to get the batsman out. Such a field generally involves having many fielders close to the batsman. A defensive field is one in which most of the field is covered by a fielder; the batsman will therefore find it hard to score large numbers of runs. This generally involves having many fielders far from the batsman ...

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Nagpur: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that pacer James Anderson's ability to reverse swing the ball in his second and third spells played a "crucial" role in England's historic 2-1 Test series win here after a gap of 28 years.

England sealed the series after the fourth and final Test ended in a draw at the VCA stadium in Jamtha. "I felt Anderson bowled well throughout the series on wickets where there was not much help for the fast bowlers. "That was very crucial," said Dhoni after the match.

"He was at the batsmen all the time, specially the second and third spells of his where the ball had started to reverse and still was slightly on the harder side. He made the most out of that spell and kept the batsmen guessing. I think the major difference between the two sides was James Anderson who bowled very well," he added.

MS Dhoni's partnership with Virat Kohli was the only substantial one for India in Nagpur. PTI

The England pace spearhead...

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Key Difference: Stickball is actually a street game that is very similar to baseball and also includes bases. It is an informal game that has not been codified by a state or international governing body. Stickball is played using a broom handle and any ball relatively the size of a tennis ball. Cricket is popular sport that is played between two teams of 11 players each on a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. The main objective of the game is for the batsmen to strike the ball and then run across the pitch to try and accumulate ‘runs’ or ‘points’. The cricket bat is flat on the striking side and has a ridge on the back.

Stickball and cricket are two popular bat-and-ball games that are played. Stickball is an informal game similar to baseball and is popular in New York City and Philadelphia. Cricket is a professional game that is played all around the world. Stickball and cricket are two different games with different rules, equipment, gameplay, etc.

Stickball is actually a...

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Daisy-cutter -- See Shooter.

Dead ball -- When the ball is not in play, it is said to be 'dead'. The ball comes into play when the bowler starts his run-up, and becomes automatically dead when the umpire considers it to have 'finally settled' in the hands of the wicket-keeper or bowler, when a wicket falls, or when the ball reaches the boundary or when the umpire calls 'over' or 'time'. The umpire may call the ball dead at other times - for example, when the ball lodges in the batsman's clothing, or when a serious injury occurs to a player.

Declaration -- The decision of the batting captain to close his innings. Usually made in order to give his bowlers time to bowl the other side out to win the match, or delayed by twenty crucial minutes while the side's senior player struggles from 96 to 100.

Declaration bowler -- Inept bowler employed to allow the batting side to score quickly, usually in the hope of contriving a result...

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Example of beach cricket being played at

Cottesloe Beach

in Perth. The bowler bowls to batsman, while the rest field.

Backyard cricket, street cricket, beach cricket, gully cricket (Hindi:...

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Which is the more difficult word: take or encephalomyelitis? Most people would pick the second one – but a lexicographer wouldn’t. For dictionary-writers, words like encephalomyelitis are easy because they only have one meaning, and it can be defined with complete accuracy. The really difficult words are go, take, get, and similar high-frequency items which have dozens of meanings and appear in dozens of phrases. Encephalomyelitis is an example of terminology (what we called ‘sublanguages’ in the first blog of this series). Whatever your professional, academic or recreational interests – from astronomy to zoology – there will be a whole sublanguage that means a great deal to you, and very little to anyone else. Unless you’re in the relevant field, encephalomyelitis is what Donald Rumsfeld would call a ‘known unknown’: you don’t know what it means – but you know that you don’t know it (and you know that you probably don’t need to know it).

The problem arises when a word...

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This section is in advanced English and is only intended to be a guide, not to be taken too seriously!
With dictionary look up. Double click on any word for its definition.


Agricultural shot

a swing across the line of the ball played without much technique. Often one that results in a chunk of the


being dug up by the


. A type of a



All out

when an


is ended due to ten of the eleven


on the batting side being either


or unable to bat because of injury or illness.


a player adept at batting and bowling, or batting and wicket-keeping.

All-round spin

a player who can bowl both wrist spin and finger spin adeptly.


a top-order batsman capable of batting for a long duration throughout the innings. Usually batsman playing at numbers 3 or 4 play such a role, especially if there is a batting collapse. An...

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This page contains Cricket 07 Hints for PC called "To Get Batsmen Out early with out scoring any run" and has been posted or updated on Jan 31, 2010 by halopro.

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To Get Batsmen Out early with out scoring any run

While Playing a One Day Match Set the field as Open 1 and then take a good leg spinner e.g. Afridi, Mendis etc and then bowl over the wicket to right and round the wicket to left hand batsman and to a right hander bowl a googly(the delvery which is bowled by pressing "A" with leg spinner)at a full length very much outside off stum (rigt hander and use the opposite trick for lefty) and spin it as much as u can then u'll see that the batsman will try to loft it for six through covers and ur fielder wil catch it very easily. And if u have a situation such as the other team requires even 2 runs to win from even 10 overs u take any type of...

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Cheat Codes:
Highlight, but do not select, the "My Cricket" option at the main menu with the mouse pointer, then enter one of the following codes to activate the corresponding cheat function. Press [Esc] to pause game play and re-enter the code to disable it.

Super batsman - rkobat
Super Six - rkosix
Super bowler - rkopowerbowl
Flying fielder - rkofly
Special deliveries - rkosd
All rk code effects - rkoall
Super Batsman - yousaf
You play Supersix - afridi
You play Super Four - salman
You have super bowlers - wasim
You bowl superballs - waqar
You have super fielders - rhodes
Your bowlers have full stamina - asif
Your batsmen have full stamina - inzamam
Your bowler bowls with super speed - akhter
Empire does not give noball despite
how much your bowlers speed meter reaches in the red - haier

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This is a glossary of terms used in the sport of cricket.


All-rounder – a player who is proficient in both batting and bowling; the majority of players are specialists in one discipline

Appeal –

Arm ball –

Attack – though the batsmen score the runs, "the attack" always refers to the bowlers, who take the wickets

Away swinger – see "Out-swinger"


Backlift –

Bail – see Wicket

Ball – see Cricket ball

Bat – see Cricket bat

Batsman – see Batting (cricket)

Batting – see Batting (cricket)

Batting average –

Batting order –

Beamer –

Benefit season –

Blockhole –

Bodyline –

Bouncer –

Boundary –

Bowled – a common means of dismissal by which the bowler has hit the wicket with the ball and the wicket has "broken" with at least one bail being dislodged (note that if the ball hits the wicket without dislodging a bail it is not...

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A fielder or fieldsman might field the ball with any part of his person. Notwithstanding if while the ball is in play he wilfully fields it otherwise (e.g. by using his hat), the ball becomes and 5 are awarded to the batting side unless the ball previously struck a batsman not attempting to hit or avoid the ball. Most of the rules covering fielders are in Law 41 of the .

In the early days of , fielding wasn't a priority and a large number of players were sloppy when it came to fielding. With the advent of matches, fielding became more professional as saving runs became more important. A good fielding side can most often save 30+ runs in the course of an innings.

Fielding position names and locations

Since there are only 11 players are there in a team one of whom is the , and most of the time another as the , at most nine additional fielding positions can be used at any given time. Which positions are filled by players and which remain vacant is a tactical...

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The landscape around Tombstone, Arizona, is as bleak as the name suggests. These are the barren expanses of cowboy country, an hour's drive north of the Mexican border. On the way out of town, towards the desert, the signs direct you to Boothill Graveyard, home to so many who died "with their boots on", slain in the shootouts of the Wild West.

Boothill is the godforsaken spot where no one chooses to end their days - and the name appropriated by English county cricketers condemned to crouch at short leg. The boots are white and spiked, rather than shin-length and caked in dust, but the implication is the same: the unfortunate shoved into the firing line risks perishing with them on. To borrow from Gunfight at the OK Corral: "Good men and women live in Tombstone. But not for long."

Such has been the reluctance to field under the helmet that the job has traditionally gone to the junior pro, chosen for being disposable, not necessarily well-qualified. In the days of...

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Cricket gets bums on the seats, it would be fair to say, because fans, in general, want to see runs being scored, and over the years the lawmakers have erred on the side of awarding extra runs. Thus the leg-bye, the overthrow, the extra for wide, and now the free hit off the no-ball. You are unlikely to ever see a batsman being penalised a run for playing a poor shot.

The idea behind the overthrow is fathomable, and even digestible. If there was no penalty, it would carry the danger of fielders taking to throwing the ball randomly and indiscreetly and slowing the game down. But I would make two changes to the law.

I'd stop awarding the runs to the batsman. Let him earn the runs that he has already run, or the ones he was in the process of running when the throw was made, but the ones that result from overthrows should simply be treated as extras, just as byes and leg-byes are.

What I consider an outrage are overthrows off direct hits. Of course, there is...

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An Explanation of Cricket


Cricket is a team sport for two teams of eleven players each. A formal game of cricket can last anything from an afternoon to several days.

Although the game play and rules are very different, the basic concept of cricket is similar to that of baseball. Teams bat in successive innings and attempt to score runs, while the opposing team fields and attempts to bring an end to the batting team's innings. After each team has batted an equal number of innings (either one or two, depending on conditions chosen before the game), the team with the most runs wins.

(Note: In cricket-speak, the word "innings" is used for both the plural and the singular. "Inning" is a term used only in baseball.)

Cricket Ball: Hard, cork and string ball, covered with leather. A bit like a baseball (in size and hardness), but the leather covering is thicker and joined in two hemispheres, not in a tennis ball pattern. The seam is thus like an...
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We've been asking new converts to cricket to send in the questions about the game they don't quite understand.

We have been flooded with almost 1,000 emails - and answered them as best we can. Here is the final batch of answers.

For further queries, try our Academy or the Lord's website. Alternatively, for more detailed questions, email Test Match Special statistician Bill Frindall.


What are the rules for calling a 'no ball'?
Mike Bennett, Epsom, Surrey

There are many circumstances in which an umpire may call a no ball. But the most common is when the bowler's front foot falls beyond the popping crease, which is the front line of the crease. The rules state some part of the foot must be on or behind the front line of the crease.

There are various other examples when the umpire will call a no ball:

If the batsmen run, for example, two on a no ball or wide, does the total increase by two or three runs?
Iain, London...

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