11 ways of Dismissal – Getting out in Cricket

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. Cricket has been in existence since the 16th Century and according to some reports cricket got its start in Surrey, England in 1550. First Official International Test Match was played on 15th March 1877 between England and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia, where Australia beat England by 45 runs.

Cricket matches are played between two teams having 11 players each. There are several modes of cricket matches but Tests, One Days and Twenty-Twenty are played officially. Several mega events like World Cup and Champions Trophy occurs after a specific time period.

In cricket, dismissal is a term used for the batsman getting out. Normally there are 3 or 4 ways of getting dismissed which are most popular but in fact there are 11 methods of getting dismissed. Yes….there are 11 ways in which the batsman can get dismissed!

Let us have a look at all 11 ways of getting out in Cricket.

1: Bowled:
When a bowler’s delivery hits the stumps directly or indirectly ( first touched bat or body of the batsman) and one or both bails removes completely from the stumps, the batsman is called Bowled here. It is one of the most common ways of being dismissed.

2: Stumped:

A batsman is stumped out when he tries to play the ball while he or his bat is not in crease and the wicket-keeper removes the bails from the stumps with the ball.

3: Run Out:
If any one of the batsmen on the pitch are away from the crease while taking a run and the fielder remove the bails with the help of ball, the batsman will be Run out.

4: LBW:
One of the interesting ways of getting out where some rules are also in favor of batsman. LBW stands for Leg Before Wicket. As  the name indicates, if the ball strike any port of the batsman’s body, other than hand and arm, and in umpire’s judgment the ball would have struck the stumps, in this case, the Umpire can declare batsman as out.

5: Hit Wicket:
If the batsman knocks the stumps either with the bat or his body accidentally while trying to drive the ball or a very beginning of his first run, then he is declared out and the wickets awarded to the bowler.

6: Timed Out:
A very interesting way of a dismissal. If a new batsman fails to take his position in the field to replace a dismissed batsman within three minutes then he is out. This happens several times in county and first class cricket matches. In 1997-98, in a cricket match between Tripura and Orissa in India, H. Yadav was given timed out because he was in conversation with his team manager and did not reach the crease on time.

7: Retired:
If the batsman leaves the ground without informing umpire while he is not injured. The batsman may continue his innings after the permission of opposing captain. Only two batsman have been given out in this way in the history of cricket.  Mahela Jayawardene and Marvan Atapattu of Srilanka against Bangladesh in September 2001.

8: Caught:
It is the second most common way of getting dismissed. When the batsman hits the ball with the bat or with glove and the ball is caught by the fielder, wicket keeper or the bowler, the batsman is out.

9: Handled the Ball:
When the batsman touches the ball without the permission of fielders, he is given an out. No player of the fielding side is awarded with his wicket. Seven batsmen in Tests and two batsmen in one-day cricket have been given out in this manner up till now. No one of the fielding side is awarded with his

10: Obstructing the field:
When a batsman deliberately obstruct a fielder physically or verbally then he is out. This rule is to make sure that the batsman must not interfere in the fielding. Once Inzamam-ul-Haq blocked a fielder’s throw with his bat against a match with India in 2006 and was given an out by umpire.

11: Hit the Ball Twice:
The batsman is given out when he hits the ball a second time after playing a shot either with his bat or body. No player is awarded with his wicket.


A video showing Steve Waugh of Australia given out as “Handled the Ball

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8 Responses to 11 ways of Dismissal – Getting out in Cricket
  1. danish
    April 27, 2012 | 5:41 am

    agreed all the above ways of dismissal but play down should also be include in that so please update.

  2. danish
    April 27, 2012 | 5:44 am

    if any revard is there so please confirm on my e mail id

  3. admin
    April 27, 2012 | 7:48 am

    Thanks Danish,

    First, I thought it’s Danish Kaneria Comments hehehehehhe…

    Very interesting, shortly will update that. Thanks alot for the addition, will be beneficial.

  4. Tony B
    February 10, 2014 | 8:36 pm

    Just read your list and others about Cricket Dismissals. Why does everyone forget about caught and bowled???


  5. Rick
    March 25, 2014 | 5:04 pm

    Caught and bowled is not a mode of dismissal, the batsman is given out caught only, not bowled as well. The phrase caught and bowled comes from the habit of scorers to save ink when recording the dismissal. For example, “Caught and bowled IJ Kaye”, is quicker to write than “Caught IJ Kaye, Bowled IJ Kaye”

    “Play down”, which I assume to mean “played on” is also not a separate mode of dismissal in that the batsman is given out bowled. I agree that it should be differentiated since, in most cases, the ball as delivered by the bowler would not have hit the stumps without the intervention of the batsman’s false stroke.

    Can the author provide an example of a batsman being dismissed “hit the ball twice”? I have observed many instances of the batsman doing just that in order to protect his wicket from a rebounding ball and in no instance were any of them given out by the umpire, nor appealed against by the fielding team.

  6. Winston
    May 5, 2014 | 6:50 am

    I am not an author of this website but a cricket enthusiast and am taking umpire training seminars. In response to Rick query of batsmen being dismissed, “Hit the Ball twice”. Please google MCC Law # 34. Out Hit the Ball Twice. I will give you a quick synopsis of the law, The batsmen is not out if he does it for the sole purpose of protecting his wicket with his bat or any other person not holding the bat. This should all happen before the fielder has touched the ball and also did not prevent the ball from being caught. If it did then that would get Law #37, Obstructing the field into play. Obviously the fielding team has to appeal. I hope that helped.

  7. Anonymous
    May 6, 2014 | 3:33 am

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  8. javan
    May 13, 2014 | 10:46 pm

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