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Recently I attended an interview, in which the interviewer asked me how many types of out are there in cricket.

I counted on my fingers and said 6. He said it was wrong and told me that there are a total of 11 outs.

What are they?

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Out of curiosity, interview for what? – SigueSigueBen May 22 '12 at 5:40
Maybe you can already add the six that you know to the question? – Bernhard May 22 '12 at 5:40
@ SigueSigueBen.... Interview for a software job. This is happened in HR(Human Resources) round. He asked me what's your habbies? I said playing cricket. So, he asked me this question. – Ranadheer Reddy May 22 '12 at 5:55
@RanadheerReddy Hope he didn't hold your answer against you! – SigueSigueBen May 22 '12 at 21:03
up vote 18 down vote accepted
  • Bowled (a delivery hits the stumps and dislodges a bail)
  • Timed out (the batsman takes over 3 minutes to enter the field of play after a wicket falls)
  • Caught (the batsman hits the ball and a fielder catches it before it bounces)
  • Handled the ball (the batsman deliberately touches the ball with a hand that is not holding the bat)
  • Hit the ball twice (the batsman deliberately hits the ball twice)
  • Hit wicket (the batsman dislodges a bail with his person or bat)
  • Leg before wicket (the batsman's person prevents a delivery from hitting the wicket)
  • Obstructing the field (the batsman illegitimately obstructs the fielding side)
  • Run out (the batsman's wicket is put down when he is outside his crease while attempting a run)
  • Stumped (the striker's wicket is put down when he is outside his crease and not attempting a run)
  • Retired - out (the batsman retires for any reason other than "illness, injury or any other unavoidable cause")

Most of these explanations are oversimplifications - see the relevant Laws for the precise details.

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If a batsman retires without a reason such as injury, he is recorded as "Retired - out" on the score sheet. This is always the tricky one in this kind of puzzle question. There are only 10 ways to be dismissed in cricket, but there are 11 ways to appear as "out". Both 10 and 11 could be considered correct answers, depending on how exactly you phrase the question. – Peter Eisentraut May 22 '12 at 21:15
Nice answer Peter Eisentraut. – Ranadheer Reddy May 23 '12 at 5:44
@PeterEisentraut; what about mankading. – gout May 23 '12 at 10:27
@gout: Absent hurt is not a dismissal or a way to get out. A player who is absent by definition does not commence his innings, and therefore cannot be dismissed. "Absent hurt" is only an entry in the score book for a player who did not bat when a side's innings was completed under Law 12.3 (b) (no further batsman available to come in). The term "absent hurt" is not used in the laws or the ICC playing conditions. Unlike the listed methods to get out, absent hurt and retired hurt do not count as an out in a player's career statistics, for example. – Peter Eisentraut May 24 '12 at 16:59
Could you add a short description to each out? as it is this list, while answering the question, doesn't really add much to this site. – wax eagle May 31 '12 at 17:48

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