Top 11 bizarre cricket rules which are less familiar
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Top 11 bizarre cricket rules which are less familiar

Cricket is one of the most played and watched game around the world. To make cricket interesting the rules and regulation are changed time to time and from those some of less familiar are explained.

1. Handled the ball: It 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.

 2.  Appeal is Must-Out or Not Out: The umpire can only declare the batsman out only if the fielding team appeals. So it doesn’t matter if the batsman is out or not, one should always appeal.

3. Decision Review System(DRS) is a technology-based system used in the sport of cricket. The system was first introduced in Test cricket, for the sole purpose of reviewing controversial decisions made by the on-field umpires as to whether or not a batsman/batswoman had been dismissed.

The system was first tested in an India v Sri Lanka match in 2008, and was officially launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 24 November 2009 during the first Test match between New Zealand & Pakistan at the Oval in Dunedin. It was first used in One Day Internationals (ODI) in January 2011, during England’s tour of Australia.

4. Leg before wicket(LBW) is one of the ways in which a batsman can be dismissed in the sport of cricket. Following an appeal by the fielding side, the umpire may rule a batsman out lbw if the ball would have struck the wicket, but was instead intercepted by any part of the batsman’s body (except the hand holding the bat). The umpire’s decision will depend on a number of criteria, including where the ball pitched, whether the ball hit in line with the wickets, and whether the batsman was attempting to hit the ball.

5. Mankading: The ‘mankading’ the term derived from the name of Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad who first used the method to dismiss Bill Brown in 1947. Measured strictly against the spirit of the game, this method of getting a player out has been largely criticized. It involves the dislodging of bails by the bowler on the non-striker end before delivering the ball while the non-striker batsman has backed up too far.

The latest incident of mankind was witnessed during the recent U-19 world cup when West Indian player dismissed the last wicket of Zimbabwe to claim a place in the quarter finals. The Laws have since been changed so that a bowler may no longer “Mankad” a batsman once he has entered his delivery stride. However, under Law 42.15 it remains legal for a bowler to run out a nonstriker who has strayed outside his crease after he has started his run up, but before he has entered his delivery stride.

6. Ariel Stoppage means Dead Ball: Whether technology is a boon or a bane will always be a haunting topic for every generation to discuss. But cricket has an answer to this question. If a ball hits the spider cam floating over the ground, then it is considered a dead ball. Likewise, Docklands stadium in Australia is covered with roof, so if a ball hits the roof it is given as a dead ball. This charity game between Australia and World XI saw this bizarre occurrence. 

7. Striking the ball two times: Hitting the ball twice also quantities to a dismissal in the book cricket rules, though to get a batsman out by this rule the following hit is necessary to have been made deliberately but not to prevent an injury or so.

8. Hit wicket: Hit Wicket is a method of dismissal in the cricket. The striker is out “hit wicket” if, after the bowler has entered his delivery stride and while the ball is in play; his wicket is put down by his bat or his person. The striker may do this whilst preparing to receive or receiving a delivery or in setting off for his first run after playing the delivery. In simple language, if the striking batsman knocks the bails off the stumps or uproots the stumps, while attempting to hit the ball or take off for a run, he is out hit wicket.

9. Penalty: If the cricket ball touches the helmet of the keeper kept on the ground irrespective of the power it touches the helmet, it is declared as PENALTY and the batting team is awarded with 5 runs.

10. Forfeiture: In the cricket a declaration occurs when a captain declares his team’s innings closed and forfeiture occurs when a captain chooses to forfeit an innings in order to make a game fruitful. This concept applies only to matches in which each team is scheduled to bat in two innings.

11. Super Over: Super Over also called elimination over or simply an eliminator. It is a tie-breaking method used in limited-over’s cricket The super over is a reduced version of the match that consists only of one over (6 balls) and two wickets for each team. The official result of the match would be a “tie” but within the context of the tournament or series, the winning team of the “Super Over” is confirmed the winner of the match and the victory is seen as equivalent of one earned in a regular match. Runs scored in super over’s do not count towards a player’s statistical record. The Super Over was first used in 2008 in Twenty20 cricket, replacing the bowl-out method that was previously used for breaking a tie. The Super Over is principally used in Twenty20 cricket.

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