Cricket Terminologies

PINCH HITTER :- In cricket, pinch hitter is the usual term for a batsman (not a substitute, unlike in baseball) promoted up the batting order in order to score quick runs.

APPEAL :- In the sport of cricket, an appeal is the act of a player on the fielding team asking an umpire for a decision regarding whether a batsman is out or not. According to the Laws of Cricket, an umpire may not rule a batsman out unless the fielding side appeals.

BEAMER :- In the terminology of the game of cricket, a beamer (less commonly beam ball) is a type of delivery in which the ball (bowled at a fast pace), without bouncing, passes above the batsman's waist height.

YORKER :- A bowling delivery that generally passes under the bat near a batsman's toes. Also known as a sandshoe crusher.

LEG BREAK :- A delivery from a spin bowler, which turns off the surface of the wicket from the leg side to the off side.

NIGHT WATCHMAN :- A batsman who is generally a tail-ender and comes in towards the end of the day's play in order to protect better batsmen.

CHINAMAN BALL :- A delivery by a left arm spinner, which to a right hand batsman appears as if it will spin from off to leg but it spins in the opposite direction. The delivery was devised by a West Indian player of Chinese Descent, hence the name.

CHUCKER :- A bowler, who the umpire has determined, does not deliver the ball in a legal manner.

GOLDEN DUCK :- A term that is used when a batsman is dismissed by the very first ball he faces without scoring.

BOWL OUT :- A bowl-out (sometimes termed a bowl-off) is used in various forms of limited overs cricket to decide a match that would otherwise end in a tie. The procedure is similar to a penalty shootout in association football. Five bowlers from each side deliver one ball each at an unguarded wicket. If each team has hit the same number of wickets after the first five balls per side, the bowling continues and is decided by sudden death.

DOOSRA :- The bowler delivers the ball with the same finger action as a normal off break but cocks the wrist so that the back of the hand faces the batsman. This gives the ball spin in the opposite direction to that for an off break, causing it to spin from the leg side to the off side to a right-handed batsman.

FOLLOW ON :- Follow-on is a term used in the sport of cricket to describe a situation where the team that bats second is forced to take its second batting innings immediately after its first, because the team was not able to get close enough (within 200 runs for a five-day match) to the score achieved by the first team batting in the first inning.

MENTAL DISINTEGRATION :- The term is believed to have been first used by Australian Captain Steve Waugh, to describe the art of sledging.

SLEDGE :- To use either abusive or offensive words againstan opponent. The Aussies refer to this practice as "MENTAL DISINTEGRATION". The term sledge was a shortened term taken from the Australian saying "As Subtle As A Sledgehammer".

STREAKER :- A slang used to describe a person runs across the cricket field naked.

WALK :- Generally used by a batsman to indicate his acceptance of a dismissal without waiting for the decision of an umpire. The physical act of walking away from the stumps was once the usual practice, but is now very uncommon.

FLIPPER :- A delivery used by a leg spin bowler, which appears to the batsman in a flatter and faster delivery than the normal leg spin delivery. Australia's Richie Benaud devised this delivery.

FRENCH CUT :- An attempt at a cut, shot or drive that hits the bottom or inside edge of the bat and goes into the area behind square leg.

GARDENING :- The term is used when a batsman pats down with the tip of his bat either loose areas of pitch or pieces of the playing surface that have come apart.

:- A batting stroke, which is anything other than standard or copybook.

ARTIFICIAL PITCH :- A pitch with a surface made from conrete, covered with matting or constructed from synthetic truf. Regulation pitches are produced from rolled turf.

BACK UP :- Refers to the batsman at the bowling end who leaves his crease after the bowler has released the ball in prepartion fro making a run.

BAGGY GREEN :- The name given to the cap worn by the Australian players. It refers to the baggy, oversized appearance of the cap.

BUMP BALL :- A ball that cannons into the ground immediately after leaving the bat. To the fieldsmen and spectators, It appear to have come directly of the bat.

CRUMBLE :- It refers to the state of the pitch, usually late in a game after experiencing considerable wear. A spin bowler often favours a crumbling pitch as it will allow the ball more bite and turn.

DIG :- The act of a batsman ensuring he remains at the crease for a long period, rather than attack and risk his wicket by attempting to score frequent runs.

FEATHER :- A very faint edge of a ball by the batsman, AKA a "SNICK".

GRUBBER :- A bowling delivery that stays very low after leaving the surface of the pitch.

JAFFER :- A slang used to describe a delivery bowled so well by the bowler that it is unplayable.

PICK :- In batting, it refers to the ability of the batsman to observe the type of delivery being bowled by a bowler. In bowling, it bowling, it refers to a method adopted by bowlers to lift the seam of a cricket ball to gain an unfair advantage (Cheat).

PIE THROWER :- A slang used to describe a bowler of poor quality.

Recognize These Cricketers (Cricket Questioning)

I was born on October 30, 1962. I am a right hand batsman and right hand fast bowler. I'M the record holder for the maximum Ducks (Zeros) in Test Cricket (25 Times).
Ans - Courtney Walsh

I was born on July 27, 1955 in Sydney, New South Wales. I was the first batsman to score 11,000 runs in Test. My Autobiography is titled "Beyond Ten Thousand: My Life Story" and I was named one of the Wsden Cricketers of the Year in 1982.
Ans - Allan Border

I was born on February 8, 1970 at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh in India. I am the only batsman who has hit centuries in each of my first three test matches including my debut test and was named Wisden Cricketers of The Year in 1991.
Ans - Mohammed Azharuddin

I was born on January 6, 1959 at Chandigarh, India. I am an All Rounder. I am the second bowler ever to take 400 wickets, in Test Cricket. I was the Wisden Cricketer of the year 1983.
Ans - Kapil Dev

I was born on August 7, 1948, at Unley, Adelaide, south Australia. I scored century in my Debut Test, My debut as Australian Captain and my last Test Match.
Ans - Greg Chappell

I was born on March 1, 1980 in Mardan, Khyber Agency, Pakistan. My extremely aggressive batting style has ensured that I have a strike rate higher than most batsman in the World. Also, I hold the record for scoring the fastest century (Which I scored of 37 balls) in ODI.
Ans - Shahid Afridi

I was born on September 13, 1969 in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia. With the mastery over leg spin, I became the first bowler in history to take 600 Test Wickets. My ball is also called "Best Ball of The Century".
Ans - Shane Warne

I was born on November 24, 1955 in Heswall, Cheshire. I was the first to score a century and take 10 wickets in the same Test Match. When I retired, I held the world record for the greatest number of Test Wickets.
Ans - Ian Botham

I wan born on November 25, 1952 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. I was a fast bowler who retired soon after captaining my team to a World Cup win. I was Wisden Cricketer of The Year 1983.
Ans - Imran Khan

I was born on September 15, 1971 in Christchurch. I am an attacking batsman who likes toplay batting shots such as the cover drive and the pull shot. Ihave also scored the World's fastest double century in terms of balls faced.
Ans - Nathan Astle

I was born on November 8, 1976 in Wollongong, New South Wales. At the 2003 World Cup, I took a ferocious Hat-Trick against Kenya. I was selected as the 2000 Bradman Young Cricketer of the year. I am also part of a musical band, Six & Out.
Ans - Brett Lee

I was born on June 2, 1965 in Cantebury, New South Wales. I am a former captain and the most experienced test cricketer in history, making 168 appearances.
Ans - Steve Waugh

I was born at St. John's, Antigua on March 7, 1952. I am an extremely attacking right hand batsman, I am the only player to have taken five wickets in a One Day Innings and score a hundred. I have also played for the Antiguan National Football Team. I was selected as one of the Five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, 2000.
Ans - Viv Richards

I was born on July 18, 1949 in Subiaco, Western Australia. I am a fast bowler, and am also regarded as the "Complete Bowler". I was named in Australia's Test Team of the Century and the Hall of Fame. I now have a great reputation as a Fast Bowler Coach.
Ans - Dennis Lillee

I was born on August 31, 1944 in Georgetown, Guyana. I was a powerful middle order batsman and an occasional medium pace bowler. During my captaincy, the side had a run of 26 Matches without defeat, which included 11 wins in succession.
Ans - Clive Llyod

Intresting World Records

Sunil Gavaskar never had dismissal throughout Hit Wicket in his test career. He always knew where his feet were.

Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe holds the records for being involved in the shortest complete match in account the total number of balls bowled.

Kapil Dev's first ODI victim was Imran Khan at Quetta in Pakistan.

Brain Lara is the only captain to have scored two double hundreds 202 and 400 Not Out.

Irfan Pathan is the only bowler in the world to have taken a Hat-Trick in the first over of a Test Match.

In the 1974-75 series against the West Indies, off spinner Venkataraghavan was the captain in the Delhi Test. In the next test at Calcutta he was the 12the man of Indian Cricket Team.

Wasim Akram has the unique distinction of taking two test Hat-Tricks and two ODI Hat-Tricks, making four International Hat-Tricks in all, the most by any cricketers.

Andy Ganteaume of West Indies scored a hundred on debut test but never get a chance to play another test.

Alec Stewart has been warne's victim during his 150th, 250th and 400 Test Wickets.

Australia is the only team which scored 500 and more runs in an inning in Test Match more than 100 Times.

1979 World Cup is the only cup where not a single team scored 300 runs.
Srinivas Venkataraghavan who led India in the first two world cups, finished his world cup career with 0 Wickets in 6 Matches.