What happens in a scenario where the batsman plays a shot down the ground and it hits the umpire? Isn't it unfair to the batsman to lose a certain boundary had there been one? Does the ball count as a dead ball?
If the ball hits to the an on field umpire, it is not considered a dead ball unless:
- the ball lodges in the clothes of an umpire. (See Law 23.1.a.5)
- a serious injury to an umpire occurs (after the ball hits to an umpire) (See Law 23.4.b.2)
In such cases, it will be a regular dead ball. i.e. the ball will be considered a legal ball but no more runs will be allowed to take to the batsman after that incident occurred.
Here is an example case for such incident: