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To understand the game of cricket, you must understand how runs are scored. You may have heard commentators and fans of the game refer to "hit the ball for four", but you're probably not sure what that means or how the umpires judge it. If you are in this position, this article will clear up any confusion you may have. I'm going to give you the full definition explained in simple terms, which may help you understand the game a bit better. Let's get started.

The term "four" in cricket refers to four runs scored by the batting side. Fours are usually scored when a batter hits the ball on or over the boundary rope. However, to get four runs, the ball must bounce or roll on the ground before hitting or going over the rope

It's not the only way to score a four. There are also a few less common ways to hit fours too! Here are the other main ways you'll see:

Two batters complete an All-Run Four at the Crease

If a batsman hits the ball into the outfield but the ball fails to reach the boundary string, then the batsmen must run quickly between wickets and try to collect as many runs as possible. In larger cricket grounds there is a small chance they will have the opportunity to make four runs before the fielders have recovered and thrown the ball towards the wicket-keeper.

A Fielder gives away Four due to an overthrow

Sometimes a cricket fielder tries so hard to chase a batsman that he loses four runs in the process.

If a batter hits the ball slightly to the left of the fielder who is in cover. As the ball travels to the fielder, the batters run. However, once they see how close the ball is to the defender, they abruptly turn around and walk back to the playing area. The player in cover, still thinking there is a chance of run out, throws the ball hard at the stumps, missing them by some distance. The ball then goes over the stumps and goes all the way to the boundary on the other side of the pitch. In this case, four runs are credited to the batter who hit the original pitch, even if the runs were entirely the fault of the fielder who tried to throw the ball to the stumps.

A Fielder touches the boundary rope while picking up the ball

If the ball rolls towards the boundary and the fielder touches the boundary rope while attempting to recover the ball, the ball is deemed to have touched the boundary and four run are awarded by the umpire accordingly. This is very common in international cricket matches where fielders dive to try and stop the ball and save a few runs. These types of fours often have to be determined by the third referee, who reviews video footage to see whether or not the fielder was save any runs.


Now that you've read this article, I hope you're a little better prepared to understand the game of cricket! Now that you know what a four is, why not head over to and play your favorite cricket games.

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