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Why is Darren Lehmann called 'Boof'

Darren Lehmann has been named the new Australia cricket coach and lots of articles, including Wikipedia, refer to his nickname as 'Boof'. However, I can't seem to find any reason for this nickname or ...
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What will be the action for a fielder running to catch or field the ball while running towards the boundary?

Suppose that a fielder is running to catch the ball or field the ball and is running towards the boundary. Eventually or willfully the fielder crosses the boundary rope before he is going to touch ...
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Teaching adult beginners to bowl?

In my indoor cricket team, there are a couple of players who are new to cricket not having played as a child or teenager. They are reasonable athletes and have picked up fielding and batting quickly ...
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What type of bowlers are these?

In cricket commentary, some bowlers are called 'chinaman bowlers' and some 'orthodox bowlers'. What type of bowlers are these?
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Query on the No-Ball / Wide Full Toss Ruling

An interesting situation occurred in a club game this weekend. A full toss was bowled by a medium pace bowler that was over the batsmans head. The batsman had attempted to charge the bowler, missed ...
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Penalty runs for hitting on to the helmet of the wicket keeper which he is wearing

As the answers here acknowledge that if the ball hits the helmet behind the wicket keeper then 5 runs are given to the batting side as obstructing the field. My question is will the same apply if the ...
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What happens if a ball is lost in cricket?

What will happen if a ball in play is lost or cannot be recovered? Does batting side keep any penalty for that?
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Why don't we have free hit in Test Cricket?

Why free hit is not there in the Test Cricket? In Twenty-20 matches, when a bowler bowls no ball (overstepping with front foot or back foot) then next delivery is free hit, but in the Test matches ...
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What is “Carry the bat” in Cricket?

I have heard the terminology "Carry the bat" in Cricket. What does it mean? When it is used?
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what actually is considered obstructing the field in cricket

What are the things considered as obstructing the field in cricket, as like the match played between KKR and PWI in which Yusuf Pathan was given out obstructing the field as he pushed the ball with ...
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Super Over tie rule

It is mentioned in this post that if the boundaries count in the main match is equal then a count-back from the final ball of the one over eliminator would be conducted. Consider if still it ...
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Can one bowl a six?

Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball pitches, is missed by the batsman, is missed by the wicket keeper, and flies over the boundary. How much runs/extras? Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball doesn't ...
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Are these overthrows 4 or 6?

Consider the third scenario asked in this question, where it has been established that the throw by the first fielder is overthrows. Two fielders are running behind the ball. The first slides, ...
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Cricket stumps that don't need to be pushed into the ground

I'm looking for a set of cricket stumps that don't need to be pushed into the ground or some other way to use the traditional set of cricket stumps on a hard surface such as a tennis court. Anybody ...
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How could a non-striker on 99* win the game and reach 100, if 1 ball remains?

A batsman who is at 99 not out and at non-striker needs 1 run to win off the last ball. How is it possible that they win the game and also that the batsman reaches his century? This question is ...
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Does the activity in IPL count by ICC?

I want to know, if a player takes wicket, scores runs etc. in IPL (Indian Premier League), will it be counted by ICC (In their record/history)?
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Can a batsman get out on the 7th delivery of an over?

I was watching the recent Ashes Series between Australia and English when the umpire Billy Bowden actually allowed an extra ball to be bowled in an over. Even though this was counted (I don't think ...
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Badminton and Cricket

I've been playing badminton for quite some time now and was wondering if my badminton skills help me in the cricket game? Should I be more fit to be a batsman (hand-eye coordination), defending the ...
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What is a backspinner in Cricket?

I have heard the term backspinner in Cricket. What is a backspinner in Cricket? How does the bowler bowl a backspinner and who invented this type of delivery? Couldn't get much information on this ...
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why is 2/222 called Richie benaud score?

I came to know 2/222 is called Richie Benaud score. Why is it so? Does it have anything to do with his commentary?
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Curve of a Cricket Bat

If you see a cricket bat side-ways, you will notice a curve below the bottom half of the bat. What's the purpose of that curve and I have seen different curves in different bats. How does this curve ...
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What is the longest six in cricket history?

Calculating the distance of the six hit by the batsmen is a new trend. I'd searched for longest six of cricket, some said it's from Shahid Afridi, some said, it's MSD and some saying Yuvi. I would ...
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Why is Sachin Tendulkar's 200* not considered as carrying the bat?

I would like to know why Sachin's 200 not out in ODI against South Africa is not mentioned in carrying the bat record list of ODIs. I found a question regarding carrying the bat in sports beta and ...
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What is reserve day in ODI cricket?

The match between Sri Lanka vs West Indies in Tri-Nation Series was stopped calling it as a reserve day and it continued the next day (08-07-13). What is meant by reserve day? And why ICC not ...
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How is the net run rate calculated if the match stopped due to rain?

Here we already discussed how the net run rate is calculated. If the match gets stopped due to rain, then how is the NRR calculated? Consider both of these situations: Match stopped due to rain, ...
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Refusal to run after skying the ball

Consider the situation where a run is required off the last ball. The ball is legitimate, and the batsman tries to go for a six, and is caught in the deep. I have seen several instances where this ...
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Possible dismissals off a noball, wide ball and free hit

I came to know that a batsman can be stumped out off a wide ball but not off a no-ball (Is it correct?) What are the possibilities to dismiss batsmen, off a noball, a wide ball, a freehit ball and ...
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Is it possible to place a fielder other than standard fielding positions?

Is it permitted to place the fielders other than the standard fielding positions terms in international cricket match? To be more specific, can a fielder be placed in between the mid-on and ...
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Fielder in contact with fielder near boundary

What happens when fielder one is in contact with the ball near boundary and fielder two is in contact with fielder one who is outside of the boundary. Will it be declared a boundary or not?
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Left arm Leg Spinner - A term not used. Why?

Why is not a left arm bowler who turns the ball away from left-handed batsman not called a Left arm leg spinner, just like the right arm leg spinner. But the left arm bowler who turns the ball into ...
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Can a batsman hit the ball after getting bowled in a no-ball or free hit ball?

This can be easily done in slow/medium pace deliveries. Consider a batsman getting bowled in a no-ball or a free-hit ball and the ball remains near the batsman. Is it allowed to hit the ball with ...
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When was the first tri-series for cricket held?

Tri-series is a series/tournament with three nations playing for the trophy. When was the first international tri-series for cricket matches held? Which nations participated in it and who was the ...
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How is the annual cricketing schedule of an international team fixed?

How does the ICC fix the cricketing schedule for each cricket playing nation? Do they fix it on their yearly rankings and points ? Is there any process for this or the National team boards decide on ...
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Why are teams required to submit their batting order before the start of play?

As per laws of the game, a team can send their batsmen to bat in any order. Why then are teams asked to submit the batting order before start of the game? See the team nomination forms tweeted by ...
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Man of the series award for two players from same team

From this post, it's clear that more than one player can get the player of the series award in cricket. From this post, it's clear that more than one player can get the player of the match award that ...
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What are the reasons that cricket is not included in the Olympics? [closed]

I found online that it was last played in the 1900 Olympics. It hasn't been played since. What are the reasons that cricket is no longer included as an Olympic sport?
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Is it permitted to use nicknames on jersey in international matches?

I have seen that Dinesh Karthik from team India wears his jersey in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2014 with his name as DK. Is it permitted? I have seen players who use their nicknames in county ...
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Wide ball stumping off last ball

Last ball, last wicket, 1 run required for the batting side to win the match. Bowler bowls a wide ball and the batsman gets stumped as well. Which team will win considering the given situation?
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Who will be considered run-out in this situation in Cricket

See following image. Who is Run-out? A is crossed the crease and B is crossed half of the pitch. Run-out happening in B's side. Then who is out? A or B?
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Is 100 the maximum possible batting average?

I know nothing about cricket, I'm just trying to understand what "batting average" means. By checking this table, I noticed that the batting average can be calculated by Ave = Runs/(Innings - N.O.). ...
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Is this a dismissal by hit wicket?

Consider the following situation, A batsman's bat breaks while hitting the ball after which a piece of the bat flies in the air, hits the stumps and the bails fall down. Is this a dismissal by ...
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Trial ball in international matches

Is there any chance of bowling a trial ball before the start of the innings in international cricket history like street cricket or local cricket matches? Answer if yes: When did they stop this ...
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Why are multiple wides not considered as a bye plus wides?

If a wide ball runs away to the boundary, it's considered as 5 wides, rather than 1 wide plus 4 byes. Is there a reason for this breakdown of the extra runs?
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Minimum overs required even if team reached the target in Duckworth–Lewis rule?

In ODI cricket, Minimum 20 overs to be bowled to use Duckworth–Lewis rule. But my question is even if chasing team scored the D/L 20 over par score target in just 10 or 15 overs, will it be mandatory ...
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What is the difference between “retired out” and “retired not out” in cricket?

I have seen the terms on scoreboard like: "retired out" or "retired not out". What does it mean and what is the different between there? Reference: Mohammad Hafeez was retired out in ICC Champions ...
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Meaning of the phrase: To drive the ball “on the up”?

I have heard many times cricket commentators referring to players driving the ball 'on the up'. By the context, this is taken to be a difficult and risky thing to do and makes a good shot even better ...
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Mongoose bat, why don't we play test cricket with it?

I saw some matches when batsman were using Mongoose bats, but why they dont use it ODI and test. And what difference it makes in cricket?
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What is Fair Play Award?

Fair Play awards are given every year in IPL. Generally, What is Fair Play award? Other than Cricket, in which sport is this award given? In Cricket, Is this award given in any other ...
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What is the maximum number of overs allowed to bowl in a single day of a test match?

Minimum number of overs allowed per day in a test cricket match is 90. What is the maximum number of overs allowed to bowl? If 2 or 3 more overs required to win the match means, who will decide ...
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Calculation of runs after the umpire decision gets reviewed

During the last match between Sri Lanka and South Africa. Jayawardane was given out as LBW and the ball went for boundary after got hit the pads. The batsman reviewed it. The decision was reversed, ...