Some Interesting Cricket Rules You Probably Didn't Know

Cricket is a game that has evolved over a period of time. And along with evolution, came constant changes in its rules and regulations.
Known as the gentleman's game, it needs a fixed set of rules to keep it that way! But, with that in mind, there are a few rules of the game which aren't just strange but, downright absurd! 
There are a lot of things that players have to observe on the field which we seldom know about. Let’s take a look at a few of these strange rules of the game.


1) Mankading Rule
Cricket’s most controversial rule, it’s named after Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad. When bowling a delivery, if the bowler sees that the non-striker batsman has left the crease, he can stop and hit the bails on the non-striker end. As the non-striker is out of the crease, this technology becomes a run-out! 


2) Leg Before Wicket is actually Anything Before Wicket

A batsman can be declared out for LBW (leg before wicket) even if the ball comes in contact with a helmet, gloves, or any part of the body (not necessarily the leg), provided that the part of the body that is making contact with the ball in front of the wicket.


3) 3 Minute Rule
Batsmen are given 180 seconds i.e. 3 minutes to appear on the pitch and failure to do so gets them declared ‘retired hurt’ by the umpire. Of course, some levy is given in extreme cases like a hat-trick spell but, batsmen still stick to the time provided. 


4) If the ball hits the roof of the stadium then the delivery is deemed to be dead - (Object-hitting Rule) 

A dead ball is when the bowler fails to deliver a ball to the crease in just one bounce or any sort of interruption comes into the action of play but here we are talking about other aspects of a ‘dead ball’. Here is another incident involving the Australians in a charity game against the World XI, when Mike Hussey hit a monstrous six and it went on to hit the roof of the stadium! It was declared as a dead ball. The same goes for if the ball hits the spider cam.


 5) Handling The Ball

The batsman isn’t allowed to touch the ball to stop it from hitting the wicket with either his arms, while batting or his bat while running. If he tries obstructing the ball, it's declared as an out. Tymal Mills of Royal Challengers Bengaluru made quite a few batsmen stop the ball with their hands' thanks to his deadly paces! 


 6) Call Back

If the umpire has declared a batsman to be out, the captain of the fielding team can ask the umpire to withdraw it. This is done in extreme cases like a run-out that happened because of a collision between batsman and fielder or other such reasons where the batsman got out unfairly. 


7) The Penalty Rule
If the wicketkeeper places his helmet on the ground and the ball touches it after being hit by a batsman, the umpire gives five penalty runs to the batting side. This is done to ensure that a boundary doesn’t get obstructed by the helmet. 


8) Hitting the ball twice

Hitting the ball twice also amounts to dismissal in the cricket rules book, however, to get a batsman dismissed by this rule the second hit is required to have been made intentionally not to prevent an injury or so. The batsman can, however, touch the ball for a second time with his bat or hand but for that, it is necessary that the bat must be in contact with that hand.


9) A tied Super over

Super over being used to decide a tiedT20 game, are a real excitement to watch, to be honest. With only six balls deciding the course of a whole cricket game, how can a super over be not interesting? However what if in case the super over also gets equaled? Well ICC cricket rules have a cure for this ambiguity as well. A tied super over well be decided by counting the number of boundaries hit by both teams during the main game plus in the super over and the team with most boundaries will be the winner. Still, in a rare case where the number of boundaries of both teams in the main game plus super over are equal, only the number of boundaries in the actual game will count. At last in case if these stats are also not helpful, balls in reverse order will be counted for both teams. And the team with a maximum number of runs on a ball from the reverse order will be the ultimate winner.


10)  The Necessary Appeal Rule

Regardless of how obvious it is that a wicket has been taken, the bowler/fielding team should turn to the umpire and appeal for a wicket. Unless the fielding team appeals, the umpire won’t raise his finger to declare out. 



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