Cricket Out Rules: Forms of dismissals or ways to get out in cricket

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Cricket Out Rules or ways to get out in cricket is an interesting topic to discuss. Taking wickets in matches is crucial to the fielding team and even compulsory for the teams to win test matches. Being Indians, most of us know about the common terminologies and rules related to cricket, but have you ever wondered how many ways a batsman can get out apart from the most regular ways we normally witness in matches?

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Cricket Out Rules – ways to get out in cricket

Here is a list of dismissals approved by ICC, all the ways a batsman can actually get out:

1- Bowled

bowled out

Perhaps the most common way a batsman can get out is when the ball bowled by the bowler causes at least one of the bails to be dislodged from above the stumps or if at least one of the stumps is struck off the ground. It has to be a legal delivery and the ball must not be touched by the umpire or the wicketkeeper before the ball hits the stumps.

2- Caught


If the batsman hits the ball or if it is deflected off the batsman’s gloves/bat after being delivered by the bowler and it is caught by any of the 11 players of the fielding team without the ball touching the ground, then the batsman is ‘caught out’. If the ball is caught by the wicketkeeper then a more specific term for the dismissal might be ‘caught behind’ and if the bowler manages to catch the ball then the dismissal is known as ‘caught and bowled’.

Cricket Out Rules – ways to get out in cricket 

3- Leg Before Wicket (LBW)


If the ball first hits a batsman’s body other than the gloves/bat which would have otherwise gone on to hit the wicket, then the batsman is adjudged LBW. However, the batsman is given not out if the ball pitched on the leg side (outside leg stump) or if the ball pitched outside off and the umpire feels that the batsman was really attempting the ball instead of leaving it intentionally. It is the third most common type of dismissal in cricket.

4- Stumped


If on a particular delivery, a wicketkeeper after collecting the ball behind the wicket, dislodges the bails/stumps of the wicket while a batsman stays out of crease then the mode of dismissal awarded to the batsman is known as stumped out. The wicketkeeper must not dislodge the bails/stumps of the wicket before collecting the ball and all parts of the batsman’s body including the bat must remain outside the crease. A batsman can get stumped out even on a wide delivery.

Cricket Out Rules – ways to get out in cricket 

5- Run Out

run out

If any fielder hits the wicket on that end of the wicket on which the batsman is outside the crease while running between the wickets, then the form of dismissal is run out. In case both batsmen are outside crease, then the batsman closest to that wicket end is given out. If in a situation, the striker hits the ball and it goes on to hit the stumps at the runner’s end while the runner is out of crease then run out is given only if a fielder touches the ball before it hits the wicket.

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6- Obstructing the field

obstructing the field

If a batsman is found interrupting the game with his actions or words then the fielding team can appeal for this form of dismissal. Also, if a batsman while running between the wickets intentionally runs in a manner so as to obstruct the ball from the fielder from hitting the wicket, then the batsman might be dismissed under this category. Since 2017, “Handling the ball” was merged with this type of dismissal wherein the batsman is adjudged out if the batsman deliberately picks up the ball with his/her hand other than protecting oneself from it or giving it back to the fielder.

Cricket Out Rules – ways to get out in cricket 

7- Hit Wicket

hit wicket

If a batsman’s body or part of his gear (gloves/helmet) dislodges the bails/stumps of the wicket while he/she is attempting to play the ball or starting a run, then the batsman is dismissed under this category. However, diving into the wicket while running between the wicket is not given out.

8- Retired Out

retired out

If without the prior consent of an umpire, a batsman leaves the field, or even after the umpire’s consent, fails to come back to the crease during the play, then the batsman is given retired out. He/She can come back to the crease only after the fielding captain’s consent.

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9- Timed Out

timed out

A rare mode of dismissal in cricket, under which the fielding team can appeal for a batsman to be given out if a new batsman fails to arrive at the crease in a stipulated time limit after the fall of a wicket. The time limit is 2 minutes for a T20I match and 3 minutes for an ODI and a Test match. No batsman has been given time out in international cricket to date.

10- Hit the ball twice

hit the ball twice

If the batsman hits the ball twice deliberately after hitting the ball once while striking it, he/she can be given out under this form of dismissal. The second hit can also be with any body part of the batsman with the intention of saving the ball from hitting the wicket. No batsman has been given out in this category in international cricket.

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