Posted on 25 March 2011.
The game of cricket used to be played exclusively by white players in England and Australia long time back. Gradually it became popular in other countries like India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and West Indies and so on. It has become very popular in these countries. Cricketers have today become stars and they earn in millions. The game has also undergone a lot of change. Earlier there used to be only one variant-test matches. Today you have the one day international where 50 overs are bowled and the winner is decided on the same day itself. A recent variant of the game is the Twenty20 or the T20 where just 20 overs are bowled to decide the winner.
Cricket has become highly competitive and intense. As a result there are many controversies associated with the game. There have been match fixing scandals, accusations like biased umpiring decisions, ball tampering etc. It is no longer a gentleman’s game in the true sense. Nevertheless on a lighter vein there are some funny moments connected with this game and here we present top 10 funniest ways of getting out in cricket which you won’t find in any other game.
Let’s check out the ten funny ways through which a batsman can be declared as dismissed-
A batsman is declared out if the ball hit by him is caught by any of the eleven fielders provided the ball is in flight from the moment it is hit. If by chance there is any contact with the ground the batsman is declared as not out. There are restrictions on fielders too while catching the ball. He cannot step on the boundary rope or should not be standing beyond the boundary line. If he catches the ball in this position the batsman is awarded runs (boundary) instead of being declared out. In addition if the ball bowled by the bowler is a no-ball then any resultant catch even if clean will not result in the dismissal of the batsman.
When the wickets (stumps) get dismantled by an incoming ball the batsman is declared out. This happens if the batsman fails to hit or when deflects the ball with his bat or unfortunately with his body. However if the umpire signals a no-ball just as the bowler throws the ball then this rule will not apply.
The batsman tries to hit an incoming ball but misses and he is out of the crease and the wicket-keeper manages to catch the ball. Then the keeper can knock off the bails to get the batsman out stumped. A no-ball however nullifies this rule.
4. HIT WICKET:
The umpire declares a batsman out if the wicket gets hit by his bat, any part of his body or cricketing gear. However if the bowler bowls a wide ball or a no-ball then the batsman is declared not-out.
5. LEG BEFORE WICKET (LBW):
This is one of the most complicated and controversial decision taken by umpires. In the history of cricket we come across many such decisions which were later discovered to be wrong. In this case an umpire takes the decision when fielders appeal for an out-LBW. If the batsman fails to make contact with the ball and in the process is found to be standing before the stumps obstructing the ball he is declared out. The assumption is that the wicket would have been hit by the ball had it not for the legs or body of the batsman. However if it is a no-ball or if the ball hits the bat before the batsman obstructs the stumps with his legs then he cannot be declared out.