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In the game of Cricket, there are many ways a batsman can be dismissed, in this article we zoom in on just the 5 most common dismissal methods that is in the game. In cricket, batting is the act or ability of hitting the ball with a bat to score runs or prevent the loss of one's wicket. Any player currently batting is referred to as a batsman, batswoman, or batter regardless of whether batting is their specific area of expertise.

What is a dismissal?

In cricket, a dismissal occurs when a batsman’s batting period is ended by the opposing team. It is also known that the batsman is out, the batting side loses a wicket, and the defending side takes a wicket. The dismissed batsman must be permanently off the field for the remainder of his team's innings and is replaced by a teammate.

Here are the list of 5 most common dismissal method in cricket.


A batsman is caught if he hits the ball in the air and a member of the fielding side catches the ball before touches the ground. This is the most common way to go out in cricket. Catches range in difficulty from the simplest pocket behind the wicket to incredible one-handed jumps.


If the ball is deliver by the bowler and falls into the batter’s stumps and at least one bail is dislodged, the batter is out. Basically, a batsman is out if he doesn't protect his stumps from the bowler.

It is important to note that one or both bails must have to come off the stumps for a batsman to be bowled. There have been cases where the ball has hit the stumps or passed between them without the bails being dislodge. Other times, the bail has fallen at the slightest touch.

🔵Leg Before Wicket (LBW)

If the ball touches the batter and would have continued to strike the stumps had his path not been interrupted by their body, the umpire may give the batsman out leg before wicket (LBW) if the fielding side appeals. However, it's a little more complicated than that. These are the conditions that must be met when the batsman takes a shot:

  • The ball should pitch(bounce) off the stump or in line with the stumps.

  • The ball should hit the batsman in line with the stumps.

  • The ball must not pitch outside the leg stumps.

If the batter offer no shot:

  • The ball must not pitch outside leg stump.

Under no circumstances the ball must not pitch outside leg stump, the ball must have hit the batter's body before touching his bat or glove. With so many factors to consider, it's understandable that umpires are sometimes wrong.

🔵Run Out

If a batsman attempts a run but cannot make it before the bails are dislodge by the fielding team, he is run out.

On run outs, the wicketkeeper or bowler usually receives the ball from a teammate on the field and whipping the bails off with the ball in hand. Sometimes, however, the outfielder also manages to hit the stumps directly, which is often spectacular.


If the batsman attempts a shot, he is allowed to step out of his batting crease. If he misses the ball and the wicket-keeper take out the bails before the batsman returns to his ground, the batsman is out stumped.

Stumping usually occurs during off-spin bowling because the wicketkeeper has to stand against the stumps to influence a stumping. On rare occasions, however, the keeper manages to stump a batsman out of a quick bowler.


Dismissals are an integral part of the game and it is important to understand them. The laws of cricket can be complex, but they are crucial to gameplay and will enhance viewer understanding and enjoyment as they are studied.

Cricket is evolving and we may see subtle changes to these laws in the future, but the 5 dismissals are well established and should remain so for the time being.

On the other hand, there are cases where the dismissals are done in an incomprehensible way, either because of a mistake by the batsman or a bad decision by the umpire. On these particular occasions, these dismissals seem less clear and questionable

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