Most Commonly Used Terms in Cricket

Cricket, a popular sport played in many countries, has its own set of terms and terminology. Here are some key terms used in cricket:

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  1. Batsman (or Batter): The player from the batting team who is currently in play and facing the bowler.
  2. Bowler: The player from the bowling team who delivers the ball to the batsman.
  3. Wicket: The set of three stumps and two bails at either end of the pitch. A wicket can refer to the dismissal of a batsman as well.
  4. Run: The unit of scoring in cricket. Batsmen score runs by running between the wickets after hitting the ball.
  5. Over: A set of six consecutive legal deliveries bowled by a bowler.
  6. Innings: One side's or one player's turn to bat or bowl. In limited-overs cricket, each team typically gets one or two innings, while in Test cricket, each team has two innings.
  7. No Ball: An illegal delivery by the bowler that results in the batting side being awarded an extra run. The batsman cannot be dismissed on a no-ball unless they are run out.
  8. Wide: A delivery that is too wide for the batsman to play a shot, resulting in the batting side being awarded an extra run. The ball is not counted as one of the six in the over.
  9. Extras: Runs scored by the batting team that are not attributed to any batsman's individual score, such as wides, no-balls, and byes.
  10. Dismissal: The act of getting a batsman out. Common forms of dismissal include bowled, caught, lbw (leg before wicket), run out, and stumped.
  11. Fielding: The defensive aspect of the game, where players try to prevent the batting side from scoring runs by stopping the ball and attempting to dismiss batsmen.
  12. Captain: The leader of a cricket team responsible for on-field decision-making.
  13. Umpire: The officials responsible for ensuring that the game is played in accordance with the rules. There are usually two on-field umpires and a third umpire for TV referrals.
  14. Duck: When a batsman gets out without scoring any runs.
  15. Century: When a batsman scores 100 runs in an innings.
  16. Duckworth-Lewis Method: A mathematical formula used to adjust target scores in limited-overs matches affected by weather interruptions.
  17. Powerplay: A set number of overs at the beginning of an innings in limited-overs cricket during which fielding restrictions are in place.

These are just a few examples, and there are many more cricket terms specific to the rules and nuances of the game.

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