Dismissals (Outs) in Cricket

The batsmen are dismissed in 10 different ways in the game of cricket. Five of these ways are quite common in modern cricket while the rest of them are very rare. The common dismissal forms include "caught", "bowled", "leg before wicket" or "lbw", "stumped" and "run out". "Hit wicket", "obstructed the field", "hit the ball twice", "timed out" and "handled the ball" are among the less common methods.

Caught: A player of the fielding team has to catch a ball, which is coming off the bat or gloves of the batsman, before it touches the ground for dismissing the batsman. This type of out is known as "caught out".

Bowled: If the bowler hits the wicket at the striking end with the ball and breaks it with at least 1 bail being displaced, the batsman is "bowled out". However, if the ball fails to break the wicket even after hitting it, the batsman remains not out.

Leg before Wicket or Lbw: If the cricket ball hits any part of the batsman including his pads and clothing (not the bat or the gloves) while it would have directly hit the stumps if the batsman was not standing there, the batsman is given "leg before wicket". This rule prevents the batsman from using his legs for blocking the ball instead of his bat. If the ball was bouncing outside the leg stump, it is not considered as an lbw.

Dismissals Outs In Cricket Run Out: If a player from the fielding side fields the ball once the batsman has hit it and breaks a wicket on either end of the pitch while the batsman playing at that end is out of the crease to attempt a run, the batsman is "run out". A batsman can get run out just because he was standing outside his crease and not attempting any run.

Stumped: Stumped is quite similar to run out. However, the wicketkeeper has to break the stump with the bowled ball once the batsman steps out of his crease after missing the ball.

Hit Wicket: If a batsman mistakenly displaces a bail on the wicket with the bat or any part of his body, while receiving the ball or just after playing the ball, he is dismissed "hit wicket".

Hit the Ball Twice: This type of out is very rare and it was introduced for preventing the batsmen from playing aggressive cricket and hurt the fielders. The only circumstance when the batsman is allowed to hit a ball twice is for preventing the ball from hitting the stumps once he has played it.

Obstructing The Field: The batsman is out "obstructing the field" if he deliberately stops a fielder from going after the ball by getting in his way. However, this type of out is extremely rare.

Handled The Ball: The batsman is never allowed to use his hands for stopping the ball, for example to prevent it from hitting his wicket. However, the hand holding the bat when the batsman is playing a ball is considered to be a part of his bat. Fielders often catch batsmen off their gloves to dismiss them.

Timed Out: If a batsman takes more than three minutes to reach the crease after the previous batsman has been dismissed, the new batsman is "timed out".