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.
6. Run Out
Both the batsman (striker and non-striker) can be declared as out under this rule. The batsman hits the ball and attempts to take a run. The ball is caught by a fielder and passed to another at the bowlers end. The batsman is yet to reach the crease at the bowlers end. If the fielder knocks off the bails in such a situation the batsman is declared out. At the most the tip of his bat should be touching the crease to escape a run out decision. The same can happen to the non-striker if he fails to reach the other end just before a ball thrown by a fielder hits the wickets. One funny thing here is that if the non-striker is out of his crease when the bowler is about to bowl then the bowler can (if he notices that) lift the bails to get the non-striker declared as run-out. However many players do not resort to this because it is considered as unfair (if both the batsman are playing really well).
7. Ball Handling
When a game is underway, no one except the fielders can handle the ball. If for some reason the batsman wants to then he has to take permission from the team which is fielding. Under normal circumstances if the ball is handled by the batsman or if he tries to obstruct the ball (moving towards the wicket) with his hands he is declared as out. However accidental contact with the ball is not accounted for.
8. Hitting Ball More Than Once
Repeated hitting of the ball (more than once) by the batsman with the intent to score runs will attract his dismissal. The umpire will declare him as out. There is however an exception here. The batsman hit the ball and it stopped right there and slowly it is rolling towards the wicket. In this case the batsman can hit (deflect) the ball for a second time to save his wicket.
9. Timed Out
This rule is applicable for an incoming batsman. After a dismissal when a new batsman comes in he has to come out within two minutes. If he fails to then he is declared out without even facing a single ball.
10. Creating Obstruction in the Field
Obstructing a fielder intentionally by a batsman to prevent him from getting the ball and also to score a run in the process will amount to willful obstruction. In such a case the batsman will be declared as out. However running between the wickets without deliberately trying to obstruct or distract the fielder is permitted.