Cricket is a team sport in which two teams of eleven players play against each other. Cricket is rich in technical terms, some of which are often mysterious or comical to those unfamiliar with the game. By now, you must have got the hang of terms like batsman, bowler, umpire, stumps, etc. Now, let’s know the terms used at play.

  • All-Rounder

A batsman who has the ability to bat and bowls both. Can also refer to a batsman/wicket-keeper.

  • Bail

Two small wooden cylinder-like pieces balanced at the top of three vertical dowels or stumps.

  • Batsman

A player who plays with the help of bat different shots when the ball has been bowled, usually in order to make runs.

  • Bowler

A player throwing the red, leather ball at the batsman to play, aiming to get him out.

  • Boundary

Outer limit of playing area, like bowing ring, soccer ground, etc.

  • Bye

A run not scored by the bat, usually refers to when the wicketkeeper failed to stop the bowling delivery, which allows a batsman to make run/runs, whether the bowl connected the bat or not.

  • Crease

The crease refers to the lines that surround the wicket. The breaking crease is aligned to the wicket, while the batting or popping crease is located around 1.2 meters before the wicket.

  • Caught

Catching refers to the act of a fielder dismissing the batsman by catching the ball after it has been batted, before it hits the ground.

  • Caught and Bowled 

Similar to caught, this refers to the batsman being dismissed by catching the ball after it has been batted and before it hits the ground. However, instead of the fielder catching the ball, it is the bowler who catches it instead.

  • Duck

When a batsman out without scoring any run.

  • Dead Ball

This refers to a state of play where all players are not allowed to participate. A dead ball can occur in many situations, such as when the umpire determines that the batsman is not ready, when the wicket keeper catches the ball and the batsman refuses to run or when a bowler stops running without delivering the ball.

  • King Pair

A batsman is out on the first ball for zero in both innings in a test match, he begged King Pair.

  • Run

It is the basic unit of scoring in cricket. It is scored when a striking batsman hits the ball bowled and runs between the stumps along with non-striker. It is usually scored in ones, twos, and threes.

  • Seam

The stitching around the circumference of the ball that fastens together its leather segments.

  • Stumps

Three wooden sticks when surmounted by the bails.

  • Sweep

Another stroke played off the front foot from the crouch position on the leg side.

  • Test Match

A contest of two innings per side in 5 days between the two full members of the ICC (International Cricket Conference)

  • Wicket

Three wooden stumps having bailed on top. Wickets are pitched opposite and parallel to each other, 22 yards apart. The term is also used to describe the pitch.