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 wicket.

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. 

Mustafa M. Khondker, CTS 10