So you often hear when a bowler bowls a batsman that "he has castled him". Where does this term originate from and how has it come to be used in Cricket?

I found an example in commentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIV5QPW7CCU&t=34s

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    Just a guess, but the term is commonly used in Chess - though I see no direct logical meaning.
    – Joe
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 15:16
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    The only possible link I can think of is that the wickets are the batsmans castle and the bowler by beating the batsman and striking the wickets has toppled the batsmans castle, but it's just a thought :)
    – David Yell
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 15:21

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Castle[1] is used as a term that denotes the wicket that the batsman guards. Hence, comes the verb castled which refers to breaching the batsman's fort and disturbing his wickets.

Origin of the word castle comes from the Latin word castrum, which means fort. I do not know the details of the first recorded usage of castle in a cricketing context.

[1] - http://www.dictionarycentral.com/definition/castle.html


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