Cricket is one of the most famous sports worldwide. In reality, there are over a billion followers worldwide, with India accounting for 90% of them. We won’t reiterate the cliche that cricket is a religion in the world, but the sport is indeed widespread here. But why should we learn about cricket rules because we already know that much? Isn’t this the dull stuff?

Ok, not quite as many as you would imagine. It can be fun to learn the rules of a sport. To begin with, it brings you closer to the action on the ground. 

  1. A batsman is not allowed to strike the Ball Twice

I’m sure we’ve all wondered, “What if the batsman didn’t strike the ball as well as he intended the first time around?” 

As it turns out, a batsman is ruled OUT whether he or she willfully hits the ball the second time with his or her bat before it has touched any fielder, according to “Law 34” of the cricket rules.

This law, however, has two noteworthy exceptions for fantasy cricket. The following are some examples:

Even after hitting the ball twice, a batsman will be called NOT OUT if the batsman –

  • To return the ball to the fielder, he strikes the ball a second time. However, before hitting the ball with the bat or some other part of his body, he must obtain approval from the fielder. (See point 13 for more information.)
  • To protect his wickets, he strikes the ball a second time (preventing the ball from hitting his doors)
  • And if he hits the ball a second time, a batsman can use his bat to prevent the ball from touching his wicket.
  1. The Withdrawal Rule for Appeals

This is both interesting and strange at the same time! A captain of the fielding team may withdraw an appeal after receiving consent from the umpire, who made the final decision to discharge the batsman, according to Law 31.8 of the Laws of Cricket.

This means that, even though the umpires have ruled out a batsman, the captain will remove the appeal and order the batsman to proceed after getting approval from the referee.

  1. A Batsman CANNOT be Dismissed without first Appealing

In the game of cricket, appealing for a wicket is a familiar sight. Although a bowler’s appeal is relatively standard, it is less well understood that a batsman cannot be allowed if the fielding party does not appeal.

And if the batsman is technically OUT according to cricket rules, none of the two umpires will dismiss the batsman if the fielding party does not challenge.

And if it is not down, the fielding party always appeals. In reality, if you think about it, there’s no excuse why a fielding team wouldn’t demand if they suspected a batsman was out. Thus, this is utterly a rare occurrence.

  1. Kicking the Ball over the Goal line Results in Penalties 

There are some amusing rules of cricket! I’m not sure why, but if a fielder deliberately kicks the ball over the boundary rope, the batting team receives five penalty runs. There have been times (some very amusing!) where a fielder has accidentally moved the ball across the line. A fielder deliberately throwing the ball over the boundary, on the other hand, is exceedingly uncommon.

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  1. A Boundary is some Obstacle on the Ground

(Only if all captains have agreed before the toss)

“Why is this rule necessary, and what kind of difficulties can there be on a cricket ground?” you may wonder after reviewing this rule.

Ok, there are a plethora of options. Animals, fish, and trees are the most popular! (You heard it correctly – TREES!!) Please allow me to describe this to you in greater detail. It is not called a boundary if a batsman hits a shot and the ball is blocked by a dog or a bird that enters the field at precisely the right time.