There is no doubt that Cricket is a batsman game since bowlers – who play second fiddle to willow-wielders – are usually at the receiving end.
The ever-increasing popularity of T20 Cricket – which is the shortest format of the gentleman’s game – has made it more difficult for bowlers to contain batsmen, no thanks to the lighter and thicker bats out there. The only alternative that a bowler can capitalize on is to take the batsman’s wicket.
Despite this option, the final decision rests with the umpire in most cases and could make or mar the day for the bowling side. But a bowler needs to cheer up, knowing that several options are open to trounce a batsman.
According to Cricket rules, there are several ways to give out a batsman. Some of these methods are somewhat common while a few others are sporadic.
This is the most basic style of getting a wicket. It occurs when a batsman hits a permissible delivery, but a fielder inside the rope captures it.
This is a situation that may arise when a ball hits the body of a batsman, but the umpire feels the ball could have hit the stumps. The umpire will raise his finger to give the batsman out.
This situation occurs when a fielder takes away a bail before the batsman – while making a run – reaches the marked crease.
This occurs when a bowler’s delivery hits the three stumps and dislodges a bail. It does not even matter if the ball was deflected off the body of the batsman or the bat or if the stumps took a direct hit.
As soon as the batsman has made contact with the ball in one way or the other, he cannot hit it again. If he does, he will be given out. But then, a batsman can still be allowed to come in contact with the ball for the second time if the primary reason for doing so is to prevent the ball from hitting the stumps.
No batsman has been given out in this fashion, according to the rules that guide Test Cricket.
This is one of the rarely seen or unseen styles of dismissing a batsman.
If a batsman steps outside the crease to play the ball, it is a wicket, especially if the wicketkeeper collects the ball and also removes the bails without any part of the batsman behind the crease.
As soon as a wicket falls, the next batsman has three minutes to take the strike or else he would be a casualty of a “timed out” dismissal. No batsman has been given out in this manner in the history of Test Cricket. But a few have suffered such blows in first-class cricket.
This is another rarely seen methods that a batsman can be given out, according to Cricket rules.
Handling the Ball
If a batsman handles a ball with his hand while it is still in play without getting the approval of a fielder, it is out. According to the records, seven Test batsmen have been given out after making this error, though it is also one of the rarest methods to give out a batsman.