Do you know all 10 types of cricket dismissals?

Many of us are crazy about cricket, and most claim to know the sport well. But, do we really know it? If so, can you name all 10 types of cricket dismissals?


One of the most basic forms of dismissals in cricket, bowled is when a batsman is beaten by the bowler squarely and the ball hits the three wooden sticks. However, the bails have to come off for the batsman to be dismissed.


There are three ways in which a batsman can be caught out: caught behind (caught by the wicket-keeper), caught and bowled (caught by the bowler in follow through) and caught by a fielder.


If the batsman steps out, with no part of his bat or body behind the crease, and the wicket-keeper dislodges the bails, the batsman is given out.

Leg before wicket (LBW)

LBW occurs when the batsman is struck by the ball in front of the stumps. The trajectory of the ball should take it to the stumps and it should not have pitched outside the leg stump, with the impact in line as well.


If a fielder dislodges the bails with the ball or with his hands, with the ball in it, while either of the batsmen fails to make his ground while trying to complete a run, the batsman is ruled run-out.


If a batsman dislodges the bails with his body or any sports equipment, mostly the bat, when the ball is in play, he is deemed hit-wicket.

Obstructing the field

If it is deemed that the batter has intentionally obstructed play, he can be given out under obstructing the field. The most common occurrence is when the batsman changes his line of running to obstruct the ball from hitting the stumps.

After an amendment of the laws in 2017, handling the ball also falls under this category.

Retired out

A batsman is considered retired out if he leaves the field without the permission of the umpire in cases other than injury and fails to resume the innings. Mahela Jayawardhane and Marvan Atapattu are the only batsmen to have been given retired out in international cricket.

Hit the ball twice

After the first touch i.e when the ball strikes the bat, if the second touch is deliberate, with the ball in play, the batsman is given out.

Timed Out

If a batsman fails to arrive at the crease within the set time limit after the dismissal of another batter – the time limit is three minutes in ODI and Test cricket and two minutes in T20Is – he can be given out.

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