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10 interesting but confusing rules of cricket; Dhoni-Kohli also had to pay the price. Cricket Rules Explained; MS Dhoni Virat Kohli | Can Umpire Declare Out Without Appeal

By Puneet Chaudhary - September 21, 2022

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The three match T20 series between India and Australia has started. The T20 World Cup is to be played in Australia from next month. That is, for the next few days, the fans are going to get a lot of thrill of cricket.

In this action packed season of cricket, there may be many occasions when some rules will confuse you. For example, what happens if the ball hits the camera on the field or the umpire after hitting the batsman?

Know in NewsBust India Explainer that what are 10 such rules of cricket, which seem easy to see, but there is confusion about them?

Question 1: What happens if the ball spider hits the camera?

answer: If the ball hits something in the air, it is declared a dead ball. That is why the ball is declared dead when it is moving around the field or hitting a stationary spider camera.

A dead ball is not counted in the innings and the wicket or run taken on it is not valid and the bowler has to throw the ball again.

What is the rule: The Laws of Cricket are made by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). When the ball is dead in the rule book of MCC, it is mentioned. But it does not mention the rule of hitting the camera or the roof of the stadium.

But according to the rules of the MCC itself, the umpire can declare any ball as a dead ball, for which there is no mention in the rules of cricket beforehand. The same rule is also declared dead when the ball hits the camera.

When did this happen:

  • 22 October 2012: In the Champions League T20, Mumbai Indians’ Dinesh Karthik’s shot hit the spidercam and the ball was declared dead.
  • 2014-15: Australian captain Steve Smith blamed the spider camera wire for missing a catch in the Test against India.

During the fifth ODI between India and Australia in Sydney on 23 January 2016, a shot from Virat Kohli hit a spider cam and was declared a dead ball by the umpire.

During the Brisbane T20 between India and Australia in November 2018, Glenn Maxwell's shot hit the spider camera and was declared a dead ball.

During the Brisbane T20 between India and Australia in November 2018, Glenn Maxwell’s shot hit the spider camera and was declared a dead ball.

Question 2: Can the match be played without bails also?

answer: The batsman is not considered out even if the ball hits the stumps until the bails are out of place. But do you know that in cricket it is allowed to play matches without bails.

what is the rule: According to Rule 8 made regarding the wicket of MCC- In the event of a strong wind, the captains of both the teams, with the consent of the umpire, can agree to play the match on the stumps without bails.

As per Rule 8.5 of MMC-If necessary, the umpire may agree to exempt the use of bails. If they believe so, then no gully of any kind will be used. Once the condition is corrected, the gills can be reattached.

When did this happen:

On 9 June 2017 in the ODI between Afghanistan and West Indies at Gross Islet, the match was played without bails for a long time due to strong wind.

On 9 June 2017 in the ODI between Afghanistan and West Indies at Gross Islet, the match was played without bails for a long time due to strong wind.

Several overs were bowled without bails in the second day's play between England and Australia due to strong wind during the ICC World Test Championship in Manchester in September 2019.

Several overs were bowled without bails in the second day’s play between England and Australia due to strong wind during the ICC World Test Championship in Manchester in September 2019.

Question 3: Can a batsman be out without appeal?

answer: No, the umpire cannot give out to a batsman without the appeal of the fielding team, even if the batsman is out.

What is the rule: As per Rule 31.1 of MCC- No umpire shall give a batsman out, even if he is out, unless appealed by a fielder.

Another special rule is the withdrawal of appeal. That is, there is a rule to call back the batsman who has been given out by withdrawing his appeal to the fielding team.

As per Rule 31.8 of MCC- The captain of the fielding team can withdraw his appeal with the consent of the umpire. If the umpire allows it, the batsman is called back after overturning the decision.

When did this happen:

In July 2011, in the Nottingham Test against England, Ian Bell was given run out after an appeal from Team India.  After a while Dhoni withdrew his appeal and the umpires reversed their decision and recalled Ian Bell.  Dhoni received the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for this.

In July 2011, in the Nottingham Test against England, Ian Bell was given run out after an appeal from Team India. After a while Dhoni withdrew his appeal and the umpires reversed their decision and recalled Ian Bell. Dhoni received the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for this.

In a test match against Australia, the umpire kept on giving Team India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara out on his own without appeal.

In a test match against Australia, the umpire kept on giving Team India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara out on his own without appeal.

Question 4: What happens if the ball is lost?

answer: If the batsman makes such a strong shot that the ball goes outside the stadium or is lost somewhere inside the stadium, then if the ball is not found, it is declared a dead ball and another ball of the same number of overs old is brought.

What is the rule: As per Rule 20.4.2.10 of MCC- If the umpire is satisfied that the ball cannot be found, another ball is replaced and the ball is declared a dead ball.

Question 5: What will happen if the ball hits the tree inside the field or an animal enters the field?

answer: If an obstacle is present in the field before the toss, it is considered a boundary with the consent of both the captains and the umpires. But if a bird or dog ie an animal hits the ball after playing the shot, will it be considered a boundary? The answer is no, in fact, the boundary is considered to be a stationary object already present in the field before the toss.

What is the rule: As per Rule 19.2.6 of MCC-Any obstruction inside the field shall be considered a boundary only if it is determined by the umpires on the advice of the captains prior to the toss.

As per Rule 19.2.7 of MCC-Any person or animal entering the field during play and contact with that person or animal with the ball shall not be considered a boundary, unless the umpire decides to the contrary.

when did this happen,

There is a tree inside the boundary at Pietermaritzburg Oval Stadium in South Africa.  On hitting this tree, the ball is considered a boundary and even if the ball hits the tree directly, it is considered a four and not a six.

There is a tree inside the boundary at the Pietermaritzburg Oval Stadium in South Africa. On hitting this tree, the ball is considered a boundary and even if the ball hits the tree directly, it is considered a four and not a six.

There was a tree in the ground at St Lawrence Cricket Ground in England and international matches were held here.  The tree was broken in the 2005 storm and it was planted outside the boundary.

There was a tree in the ground at St Lawrence Cricket Ground in England and international matches were held here. The tree was broken in the 2005 storm and it was planted outside the boundary.

Question 6: What happens if the ball hits the roof of the stadium?

answer: Even when the batsman plays a shot and the ball hits the roof of the stadium, the camera hit rule i.e. the ball hitting an object in the air applies and it is declared a dead ball.

What is the rule: Cricket matches are usually played in open stadiums, so the rulebook of the MCC does not mention the rule of the ball hitting the roof of the stadium.

Therefore, when the ball hits the roof of the stadium, the decision to declare it as a dead ball is also decided by the law of understanding of the umpire like the spider camera.

When did this happen:

In 2005, during an ODI between World XI and Australia, the ball first hit the roof of Melbourne's Docklands Stadium and was declared a dead ball.  This shot was taken by Michael Hussey of Australia.

In 2005, during an ODI between World XI and Australia, the ball first hit the roof of Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium and was declared a dead ball. This shot was taken by Michael Hussey of Australia.

The Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, is an indoor stadium where the ground can be covered with an artificial roof. Now it is also called Marvel Stadium.

Question 7: Will the ball hit the helmet, gloves or goggles kept on the field?

answer: If the ball hits the field with the helmet or gloves or goggles kept by the fielding team, it is considered a dead ball. After this 5 runs are added to the batting team’s account as a penalty on the fielding team.

what is the rule: As per Rule 28.3.2 of MCC-If the ball hits the helmet placed on the ground during the match, it is considered a dead ball.

As per Rule 28.2.1.1 of MCC-If the fielder uses any clothing or equipment (gloves, goggles, helmet) other than his own body for fielding, then the opposing team gets 5 penalty runs.

As per Rule 28.3.2.2 of MCC-If this happens, 5 penalty runs are awarded to the batting team. During this, if the batsman runs away, then these runs are also added to the penalty runs.

This rule of 5 penalty runs also applies in some other conditions.

  • If a fielder fields the ball with his cap, clothes or anything else.
  • If the fielding team is found to deliberately stop the batsman.
  • If a fielder comes to the field without the permission of the umpire and fields.
  • For pretending to be false fielding to deceive the batsman.

When did this happen:

  • November 2008: During the Nagpur Test between India and Australia, a shot played behind the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar was tried to stop by Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin by throwing his gloves. Then India got 5 penalty runs.
  • December 2016: During the Chennai Test against England, the England team got 5 runs from the penalty after a throw from Virat Kohli hit the helmet of the wicketkeeper.
In the 2017 Champions Trophy, Dhoni dropped a glove to the ground and threw it towards the wicket to run the batsman out.  But the ball hit the same glove instead of the wicket and Bangladesh got 5 penalty runs.

In the 2017 Champions Trophy, Dhoni dropped a glove to the ground and threw it towards the wicket to run the batsman out. But the ball hit the same glove instead of the wicket and Bangladesh got 5 penalty runs.

Question 8: If the ball hits the umpire, is it considered a catch?

answer: If the ball hits the umpire after the batsman’s shot and is then caught by the fielder, it will be considered a catch and the batsman will be out.

What is the rule: As per Rule 33.2.2.3 of the catch of MCC- If the fielder catches the ball after hitting the wicket, the umpire, another fielder, runner or batsman, it is considered a catch.

If the ball hits the umpire and goes ahead, the ball is not a dead ball and runs scored on it are valid.

Question 9: If the batsman hits the same ball twice?

answer: In doing so, the batsman is considered out. A batsman is allowed to play a shot only once on a ball.

What is the rule: As per Rule 34.1.1 of MCC-If a batsman hits again with his bat, hand or any part of his body before the ball reaches the fielder, he is considered out.

Question 10: If all three wickets have already fallen, how can I get run out?

answer: If the bails have already fallen, the fielder has to take the ball in his hand and dislodge the remaining stump. If all three stumps have already fallen, then at least one gully has to be removed from the top by planting one or two stumps in the ground. During this it is important to keep the ball in hand.

As per Rule 29.2 of MCC- If one gully has fallen, the other gullies or any of the three stumps must be uprooted or hit in order to take a wicket.

Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim had uprooted a stump after he scraped his bails to stump England's Matt Prior in a 2011 World Cup match.

Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim had uprooted a stump after he scraped his bails to stump England’s Matt Prior in a 2011 World Cup match.

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