Is a batsman out if his helmet, bat or any of his equipment slip away from him and hit the stumps?
It always confuses me
The answer from Spinner, noting that "any part of his clothing or equipment" can cause a dismissal by Hit Wicket, is correct. I would just like to add a few examples of things that have actually fallen onto the batsman's wicket, causing the batsman to be out Hit Wicket.
- A dropped bat. This happened to Kumar Sangakkara in a match against India in 2009.
- A helmet. This has happened to Adam Parore after being hit by a short ball from Brett Lee, and to Kevin Pietersen, similarly dismissed by Dwayne Bravo
- A cap. A gust of wind blew the cap of Warwickshire's MJK Smith at Edgebaston onto his own wicket.
- A glove. This happened to Alf Revill in 1953
I searched for "Hit Wicket shoe" and "Hit wicket Toupee", but couldn't find any reports, but they would of course also be covered by "any part of his clothing or equipment".