RA Jadeja is all set to become the 21st all rounder in the annals of test cricket to score 2000 plus runs and capture 200 plus wickets

RA Jadeja is all set to become the 21st all rounder in the annals of test cricket to score 2000 plus runs and capture 200 plus wickets

RA Jadeja is all set to become the 21st  all rounder in the annals of test cricket to score 2000 plus runs and capture 200 plus wickets. He has an aggregate of 1954 runs in tests and requires 46 more runs for his 2000 runs. He has already captured 220 wickets. The following table lists the 20 cricketers who have achieved the “all rounder’s double” of 2000 runs and 200 wickets

NoPlayerTeamSpanMatRunsWkts
1JH KallisSAF1995-201316613289292
2GS SobersWin1954-19740938032235
3N Kapil DevInd1978-19941315248434
4IT BothamEng1977-19921025200383
5DL VettoriNZl1997-20141134531362
6Shakib Al HasanBan2007-20210573930210
7A FlintoffEng1998-20090793845226
8Imran KhanPak1971-19920883807362
9SM PollockSAF1995-20081083781421
10SCJ BroadEng2007-20211483366523
11CL CairnsNZl1989-20040623320218
12SK WarneAus1992-20071453154708
13RJ HadleeNZl1973-19900863124431
14WPUJC VaasSrl1994-20091113089355
15Wasim AkramPak1985-20021042898414
16R AshwinInd2011-20210782656409
17A KumbleInd1990-20081322506619
18Harbhajan SinghInd1998-20151032224417
19R BenaudAus1952-19640632201248
20MG JohnsonAus2007-20150732065313
21RA JadejaInd2012-20210511954220

He is also set to become the eighth spin bowler to achieve the all rounder’s double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in tests. The following table lists all the seven spin bowlers who have achieved the “all rounder’s double” of 2000 runs and 200 wickets

NoPlayerTeamSpanMatRunsWkts
1DL VettoriNZl1997-20141134531362
2Shakib Al HasanBan2007-20210573930210
3SK WarneAus1992-20071453154708
4R AshwinInd2011-20210782656409
5A KumbleInd1990-20081322506619
6Harbhajan SinghInd1998-20151032224417
7R BenaudAus1952-19640632201248
8RA JadejaInd2012-20210511954220

He is also set to become the third left arm spin bowler to achieve the all rounder’s double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in tests. The following table lists the two left arm spin who have achieved the “all rounder’s double” of 2000 runs and 200 wickets

NoPlayerTeamSpanMatRunsWkts
1DL VettoriNZl1997-20141134531362
2Shakib Al HasanBan2007-20210573930210
3RA JadejaInd2012-20210511954220

RA Jadeja would become the fifth Indian cricketer to achieve the all rounder’s double. He would also become the fourth Indian spin bowler to achieve the feat and the first Indian left arm spin bowler to achieve the feat.

NoPlayerTeamSpanMatRunsWkts
1N Kapil DevInd1978-19941315248434
2R AshwinInd2011-20210782656409
3A KumbleInd1990-20081322506619
4Harbhajan SinghInd1998-20151032224417
5RA JadejaInd2012-20210511954220
England wicketkeeper batsmen dismissed by first ball in a test innings

England wicketkeeper batsmen dismissed by first ball in a test innings

JR Bracey of England collected the first ball duck in England’s first innings against New Zealand in the ongoing test at Birmingham to provide the 23rd occasion of a England wicket keeper batsman dismissed by the first ball of a test innings. All such occasions are tabulated below.

NoPlayerRunsBFITeamOppGroundStart Date
1AFA Lilley014EngAusMelbourne05 Mar 1904
2LEG Ames014EngAusAdelaide29 Jan 1937
3TG Evans011EngAusAdelaide31 Jan 1947
4TG Evans012EngSAFDurban16 Dec 1948
5TG Evans012EngAusLord’s25 Jun 1953
6R Swetman013EngWinTrinidad28 Jan 1960
7JT Murray011EngAusSydney11 Jan 1963
8JM Parks014EngWinLord’s16 Jun 1966
9RW Taylor012EngPakHyd-Pak02 Jan 1978
10PR Downton013EngAusLord’s27 Jun 1985
11PR Downton011EngAusNottingham11 Jul 1985
12AJ Stewart012EngIndKolkata29 Jan 1993
13RJ Blakey013EngIndMumbai19 Feb 1993
14AJ Stewart011EngSAFJo’burg25 Nov 1999
15AJ Stewart014EngAusBrisbane07 Nov 2002
16MJ Prior013EngWinManchester07 Jun 2007
17TR Ambrose012EngNZlLord’s15 May 2008
18MJ Prior011EngAusBrisbane25 Nov 2010
19MJ Prior011EngNZlLord’s16 May 2013
20MJ Prior013EngAusCh-le-St09 Aug 2013
21MJ Prior012EngAusBrisbane21 Nov 2013
22JM Bairstow014EngIndNottingham18 Aug 2018
23JR Bracey011EngNZlBirmingham10 Jun 2021

It also provides the sixth occasion of a wicket keeper batsman dismissed by the first ball of a test innings against New Zealand. All such occasions are tabulated below.

NoPlayerRunsBFITeamOppGroundStart Date
1JHB Waite011SAFNZlJo’burg24 Dec 1953
2SAR Silva013SrlNZlWellington11 Mar 1983
3TR Ambrose012EngNZlLord’s15 May2008
4Kamran Akmal013PakNZlWellington03 Dec 2009
5MJ Prior011EngNZlLord’s16 May2013
6JR Bracey011EngNZlBirmingham10 Jun 2021

It also provides the third occasion of a England wicket keeper batsman dismissed by the first ball of a test innings against New Zealand. All such occasions are tabulated below.

NoPlayerRunsBFITeamOppGroundStart Date
1TR Ambrose012EngNZlLord’s15 May 2008
2MJ Prior011EngNZlLord’s16 May 2013
3JR Bracey011EngNZlBirmingham10 Jun 2021
South African wicket keeper batsmen scoring centuries in a test innings.

South African wicket keeper batsmen scoring centuries in a test innings.

Q de Kock of South Africa scored 141 not out against West Indies in the just concluded test at Gros Islet against West Indies to provide the 28th occasion of a South African wicket keeper batsman scoring a century in a test innings against various oppositions. All such occasions are tabulated below

NoPlayerRunsITeamOppGroundStart Date
1PW Sherwell1153SAFEngLord’s01 Jul 1907
2WW Wade1251SAFEngP Elizabeth05 Mar 1949
3JHB Waite1132SAFEngManchester07 Jul 1955
4JHB Waite1151SAFAusJo’burg23 Dec 1957
5JHB Waite1342SAFAusDurban24 Jan 1958
6JHB Waite1011SAFNZlJo’burg26 Dec 1961
7DT Lindsay1823SAFAusJo’burg23 Dec 1966
8DT Lindsay1371SAFAusDurban20 Jan 1967
9DT Lindsay1312SAFAusJo’burg03 Feb 1967
10DJ Richardson1092SAFNZlCape Town02 Jan 1995
11MV Boucher1001SAFWinCenturion15 Jan 1999
12MV Boucher1252SAFZimHarare11 Nov 1999
13MV Boucher1083SAFEngDurban26 Dec 1999
14MV Boucher122*1SAFWinCape Town02 Jan 2004
15MV Boucher1172SAFBanCenturion26 Nov 2008
16AB de Villiers1693SAFAusPerth30 Nov 2012
17AB de Villiers103*3SAFPakJo’burg01 Feb 2013
18AB de Villiers1211SAFPakCenturion22 Feb 2013
19AB de Villiers1642SAFPakDub-DSC23 Oct 2013
20AB de Villiers1034SAFIndJo’burg18 Dec 2013
21AB de Villiers1161SAFAusP Elizabeth20 Feb 2014
22AB de Villiers1482SAFWinCape Town02 Jan 2015
23Q de Kock129*1SAFEngCenturion22 Jan 2016
24Q de Kock1042SAFAusHobart12 Nov 2016
25Q de Kock1011SAFSrlCape Town02 Jan 2017
26Q de Kock1293SAFPakJo’burg11 Jan 2019
27Q de Kock1112SAFIndVizag02 Oct 2019
28Q de Kock141*2SAFWinGros Islet10 Jun 2021

It also provides the fourth occasion of a South African wicket keeper batsman scoring a century in a test innings against various West Indies. All such occasions are tabulated below

NoPlayerRunsITeamOppGroundStart Date
1MV Boucher1001SAFWinCenturion15 Jan 1999
2MV Boucher122*1SAFWinCape Town02 Jan 2004
3AB de Villiers1482SAFWinCape Town02 Jan 2015
4Q de Kock141*2SAFWinGros Islet10 Jun 2021

It was Q de Kock’s sixth century in a test innings. He became the second South African batsman to score six or more centuries in test innings after AB de Villiers. AB de Villiers has centuries on seven occasions. The centuries scored by these two batsmen are tabulated below

NoPlayerRunsITeamOppGroundStart Date
1AB de Villiers1693SAFAusPerth30 Nov 2012
2AB de Villiers103*3SAFPakJo’burg01 Feb 2013
3AB de Villiers1211SAFPakCenturion22 Feb 2013
4AB de Villiers1642SAFPakDub-DSC23 Oct 2013
5AB de Villiers1034SAFIndJo’burg18 Dec 2013
6AB de Villiers1161SAFAusP Elizabeth20 Feb 2014
7AB de Villiers1482SAFWinCape Town02 Jan 2015
        
1Q de Kock129*1SAFEngCenturion22 Jan 2016
2Q de Kock1042SAFAusHobart12 Nov 2016
3Q de Kock1011SAFSrlCape Town02 Jan 2017
4Q de Kock1293SAFPakJo’burg11 Jan 2019
5Q de Kock1112SAFIndVizag02 Oct 2019
6Q de Kock141*2SAFWinGros Islet10 Jun 2021

Q de Kock of South Africa scored 141 not out against West Indies in the just concluded test at Gros Islet against West Indies to provide the 32ne occasion of a wicket keeper batsman scoring a century in a test innings against West Indies. All such occasions are tabulated below

NoPlayerRunsITeamOppGroundStart Date
1LEG Ames1053EngWinPort of Spain01 Feb 1930
2LEG Ames1491EngWinKingston03 Apr 1930
3LEG Ames1262EngWinKingston14 Mar 1935
4TG Evans1041EngWinManchester08 Jun 1950
5VL Manjrekar1183IndWinKingston28 Mar 1953
6Imtiaz Ahmed1221PakWinKingston26 Feb 1958
7JM Parks101*3EngWinPort of Spain25 Mar 1960
8JT Murray1122EngWinThe Oval18 Aug 1966
9FM Engineer1091IndWinChennai13 Jan 1967
10APE Knott1162EngWinLeeds22 Jul 1976
11WB Phillips1201AusWinBridgetown30 Mar 1984
12AC Parore100*1NZlWinChristchurch03 Feb 1995
13IA Healy161*1AusWinBrisbane22 Nov 1996
14MV Boucher1001SAFWinCenturion15 Jan 1999
15A Flower113*2ZimWinPort of Spain16 Mar 2000
16AJ Stewart1052EngWinManchester03 Aug 2000
17KC Sangakkara1402SrlWinGalle13 Nov 2001
18Rashid Latif1501PakWinSharjah31 Jan 2002
19A Ratra115*1IndWinSt John’s10 May 2002
20AC Gilchrist101*1AusWinPort of Spain19 Apr 2003
21MV Boucher122*1SAFWinCape Town02 Jan 2004
22Khaled Mashud103*3BanWinGros Islet28 May 2004
23KC Sangakkara157*3SrlWinKandy22 Jul 2005
24MJ Prior126*1EngWinLord’s17 May 2007
25MJ Prior131*1EngWinPort of Spain06 Mar 2009
26MS Dhoni1441IndWinKolkata14 Nov 2011
27MS Wade1061AusWinRoseau23 Apr 2012
28Mushfiqur Rahim1163BanWinKingstown05 Sep 2014
29AB de Villiers1482SAFWinCape Town02 Jan 2015
30WP Saha1041IndWinGros Islet09 Aug 2016
31TA Blundell107*2NZlWinWellington01 Dec 2017
32Q de Kock141*2SAFWinGros Islet10 Jun 2021
South African captain openers dismissed for a duck in a test innings

South African captain openers dismissed for a duck in a test innings

D Elgar of South Africa was dismissed for a duck in first innings in the ongoing first test against South Africa to provide the 19th occasion of a South African captain opener dismissed for a duck in a test innings. All such occasions are tabulated below.

NoPlayerRunsITeamOppGroundStart Date
1AR Richards03SAFEngCape Town21 Mar 1896
2LJ Tancred01SAFEngThe Oval12 Aug 1912
3LJ Tancred03SAFEngThe Oval12 Aug 1912
4HF Wade02SAFAusCape Town01 Jan 1936
5A Melville01SAFEngLeeds26 Jul 1947
6DJ McGlew02SAFEngNottingham07 Jul 1960
7KC Wessels02SAFIndP Elizabeth26 Dec 1992
8KC Wessels01SAFIndCape Town02 Jan 1993
9GC Smith03SAFNZlAuckland18 Mar 2004
10GC Smith01SAFIndKolkata28 Nov 2004
11GC Smith01SAFEngP Elizabeth17 Dec 2004
12GC Smith02SAFAusDurban24 Mar 2006
13GC Smith02SAFPakCenturion11 Jan 2007
14GC Smith03SAFEngThe Oval07 Aug 2008
15GC Smith02SAFAusJohannesburg26 Feb 2009
16GC Smith01SAFEngCenturion16 Dec 2009
17GC Smith04SAFAusAdelaide22 Nov 2012
18D Elgar02SAFWinGros Islet10 Jun 2021

It also provides the ninth occasion of a captain opener dismissed for a duck in a test innings against South Africa. All such occasions are tabulated below.

NoPlayerRunsITeamOppGroundStart Date
1MC Cowdrey03EngWinPort of Spain25 Mar 1960
2MH Denness03EngWinBridgetown06 Mar 1974
3SM Gavaskar02IndWinBengaluru15 Dec 1978
4MA Atherton03EngWinGeorgetown17 Mar 1994
5MA Atherton04EngWinPort of Spain25 Mar 1994
6MA Atherton01EngWinBirmingham06 Jul 1995
7MA Atherton02EngWinGeorgetown27 Feb 1998
8MP Vaughan02EngWinPort of Spain19 Mar 2004
9D Elgar02SAFWinGros Islet10 Jun 2021
West Indies dismissed for a total of less than 100 runs in a test innings.

West Indies dismissed for a total of less than 100 runs in a test innings.

West Indies was dismissed all out for 97 in its first innings in the ongoing first test against South Africa to provide the 19th occasion of West Indies  dismissed for a total of less than 100 runs in a test innings. All such occasions are tabulated below

NoTeamScoreOversIOppGroundStart Date
1Win9030.33AusSydney01 Jan 1931
2Win9950.01AusMelbourne13 Feb 1931
3Win9758.52EngLord’s24 Jun 1933
4Win7829.6×82AusSydney25 Jan 1952
5Win7745.14NZlAuckland09 Mar 1956
6Win8956.42EngThe Oval22 Aug 1957
7Win8641.03EngThe Oval22 Aug 1957
8Win7636.32PakDhaka06 Mar 1959
9Win9134.34EngBirmingham04 Jul 1963
10Win5325.34PakFaisalabad24 Oct 1986
11Win5119.14AusTrinidad05 Mar 1999
12Win9753.53NZlHamilton16 Dec 1999
13Win5426.43EngLord’s29 Jun 2000
14Win6126.23EngLeeds17 Aug 2000
15Win8249.11AusBrisbane23 Nov 2000
16Win4725.33EngKingston11 Mar 2004
17Win9442.13EngBridgetown01 Apr 2004
18Win9331.23SrlBridgetown23 Jun 2018
19Win9740.51SAFGros Islet10 Jun 2021

It also provides the 18th occasion of a team dismissed all out for a total of less than 100 runs in a test innings against South Africa. All such occasions are tabulated below

NoTeamScoreOversIOppGroundStart Date
1Eng9248.0×51SAFCape Town01 Apr 1899
2Eng7636.31SAFLeeds29 Jul 1907
3Aus7528.4×82SAFDurban20 Jan 1950
4NZl7946.3×82SAFJohannesburg29 Jan 1954
5Eng9945.54SAFLord’s21 Jul 1994
6Ind6634.14SAFDurban26 Dec 1996
7Pak9237.34SAFFaisalabad24 Oct 1997
8Srl9538.41SAFCape Town02 Jan 2001
9Zin5431.21SAFCape Town04 Mar 2005
10Ind7620.01SAFAhmedabad03 Apr 2008
11Aus4718.03SAFCape Town09 Nov 2011
12NZl4519.21SAFCape Town02 Jan 2013
13Pak4929.12SAFJohannesburg01 Feb 2013
14Pak9936.41SAFDubai (DSC)23 Oct 2013
15Aus8532.51SAFHobart12 Nov 2016
16Ban9032.44SAFPotchefstroom28 Sep 2017
17Zim6830.12SAFP Elizabeth26 Dec 2017
18Win9740.51SAFGros Islet10 Jun 2021
Some Cricket Terminologies

Some Cricket Terminologies

Terms

Aggregate – Aggregate refers to the total number of runs made, catches taken or dismissals completed by a player during a season or career.

Agricultural Shot – A batting stroke that is anything other than standard or textbook.

All Rounder – An All Rounder refers to a player who is good at both forms of the games aspects batting and bowling. In the modern game fielding and wicket keeping can also make a player an All Rounder.

Appeal – A plea made to the umpire by the bowler/fielding side when they believe a batsman should be given out, the umpire then has to decide whether a batsman has been dismissed or not.

Arm – Used to describe the accuracy and strength of a fielder who is very good at returning a ball from the outfield. IE: The player may be described as having a good “arm”.

Arm Ball – A ball delivered by a spin bowler that swings in the direction of the follow through delivery arm.

Armguard – The Armguard is a piece of protective padding located on the batsman’s front forearm.

Artificial Pitch – A pitch with a man-made surface, this could be an area covered with matting or constructed from synthetic turf for example.

Ashes – A small wooden urn containing the ashes of a burnt bail from the 1882 Australia v England test series. The urn is representative of the “death” of cricket, said to have occurred as a result of an Australian victory in the 1882 match. The Ashes, have since become a prized trophy contested every 2 years in the Ashes series played between Australia and England.

Attack (Bowling) – Refers to the available (and variety) bowlers at the disposal of the fielding captain.

Average – The total figure reached by calculation of a batsman’s run scoring performance measured against the number of times dismissed, or in a bowler’s performance measure against the number of runs conceded as compared to the number of wickets taken.

Away Swinger – Also known as the out swinger. A ball moving from the line of the stumps at the bowlers end, towards the slips area.

Back Foot – Refers to the movement of the batsman who has placed their centre of gravity onto the back foot. Usually occurring as a result of a rising delivery. Generally a defensive batting technique, but occasionally used to attack the ball, with shots like the hook and pull.

Back Up – Refers to the batsman at the bowling end who leaves his crease after the bowler has released the ball in preparation for making a run.

Baggy Green – The name given to the Cap worn by the Australian players. It refers to the baggy, oversized appearance of the cap, the colour of which is dark green.

Bails – The two small pieces of moulded timber, which sit at the top of the stumps.

Ball – Consisting of a leather case with a cork interior.

Bat – The implement used by the batsman to strike the ball and defend his wicket. Manufactured from timber, with a preference given by bat makers to willow. Bats come in a assortment of weights and sizes to suit the individual batsman.

Bat-Pad – Refers to a close in fieldsman who is waiting for a ball that after striking the bat, comes off the pad and rises into the air.

Batsman – A player who uses a bat to hit, edge, snick or guide the ball after it has been bowled, for the purpose of scoring runs during a match or game.

Batsman’s Paradise – Refers to a pitch that will clearly favour the batting side.

Batting – The process of using the bat for the making of runs or defending the wicket.

Batting Crease – Also known as the Popping crease, this term refers to the line located 48 inches in front of the stumps and denotes the batsman’s safe ground. If a batsman is within his batting crease, he cannot be stumped or run out.

Beamer – A bowling delivery aimed at the head area of the batsman.

Beaten – Beaten is a term used when a batsman attempts to strike the ball with the bat and fails to contact it. He is said to have been “beaten” by either the pace or skill of the delivery.

Bite / Grip – The amount of turn a spin bowler can obtain from the surface of the pitch.

Block – The block is a all out defensive shot that a batsman plays to protect his wicket.

Bouncer – Bowling deliveries of fast pace and pitched short with the purpose of rising to around chest height when arriving at the batsman.

Boundary – Denotes the outer limit of the playing area. Also used to describe a stroke by the batsman, which immediately results in 4 runs.

Bowl – To deliver the ball in a manner determined to be legal by the umpire.

Bowler – Refers to a player who primarily excels at delivering a ball to a batsman or a player in the process of delivering the ball.

Bowling Machine – A mechanical device used to deliver the ball to a batsman. Can only be used during practice or training drills as a device to help a batsman improve his game against particular types of bowling.

Box – The protective device worn by male players to protect the “unmentionables”.

Bump Ball – A ball that canons into the ground immediately after leaving the bat and to the appearance of fieldsmen and spectators looks to have come directly off the bat for a catch.

Bye – A run generally scored through any means other than being struck by the bat.

Call – Either a confirmation or refusal that a run should be taken by a batsman in order to alert his partner. Usually shouted as a “Yes” “No” or “Wait”

Cap – The peaked head dress normally worn by a team member and showing the colours and or team logo. A player is awarded the cap on their debut for the team.

Caught Behind – A ball caught by the wicketkeeper after being struck by the batsman.

Cherry (New) – Refers to a new ball because of its bright red cherry coloured appearance.

Chinaman – A delivery by a left arm spinner that when delivered to a right hand batsman appears as if it will spin from off to leg, however, spins in the opposite direction. Devised by a West Indian player of Chinese descent.

Chucker – A bowler who the umpire has determined, not to have delivered the ball in a legal manner.

Clean Bowled – When a batsman is beaten by a ball and subsequently dismissed through the stumps being broken.

Close – Refers to a declaration by the batting team of a closure to an innings or the end of the days play.

Crumble – Refers to the state of the pitch, usually late in a game after experiencing considerable wear. A spin bowler often favours a crumbling pitch, as it will allow the ball more bite and turn.

Cut – In batting, refers to a stroke played to the off side between the covers area and the wicketkeeper. In bowling, refers to the deviation of a delivery, caused by the bowler imparting varying types of spin on the ball. These type of deliveries are referred to as “cutters” either leg cutter or off cutter.

Deep – Refers to the farthest outfield. A fieldsman in the deep is either at or near the boundary edge.

Dig In – The act of a batsman ensuring he remains at the crease for a long period, rather than attack and risk his wicket by attempting to score frequent runs.

Drawing the Stumps – The physical act by an umpire of withdrawing the stumps from the pitch at the schedule intervals and at the close of the day’s play.

Drinks – A refreshment break during a session of play where fluids are brought onto the ground.

Duck / Pair – A batsman is said to be out for a duck when they fail to score a single run in their innings. If a batsman fails to score in either of their innings then they are said to be out for a pair.

Edge – The outermost perimeter of the bat. Also refers to a ball only just struck by the edge of the bat by a batsman. Sometimes called a “snick”.

Feather – A very faint edge of a ball by the batsman, aka a “snick”.

Field – The ground or oval on which a match is played. Also refers to the placement of fieldsmen within the playing area.

Fieldsman – A player strategically placed within the field of play, with the object of stopping the batting team from scoring runs.

Fiery – A hostile, generally fast pace bowler, who bowls a succession of usually short pitched deliveries.

Finger Spin – A method used by a bowler to deliver a ball that will spin off the surface of a pitch. The spin on the ball is imparted with the use of a finger or the fingers.

Flat -Generally refers to the condition of a pitch, which has an even surface without much bounce.

Flight – The loop in the path of the ball after being bowled by the spin bowler into the breeze, which will cause it to drop sharply onto the pitch with the hope of deceiving the batsman.

Flipper – A delivery used by a leg spin bowler which presents to the batsman in a flatter and faster delivery to the normal leg spin delivery.

Follow On – The requirement by the fielding Captain for the batting team to immediately bat again after being dismissed during its first innings and not having met the total required.

Full Blooded -A batting stroke played with the full physical power of the batsman.

Full Toss -A bowling delivery that reaches the batsman without first having bounced on the pitch.

Gardening – The act of a batsman patting down with the tip of his bat, either loose areas of pitch or pieces of the playing surface that may have come apart through general ware.

Golden Duck – When the very first ball dismisses a batsman he faces without scoring.

Good Eye – The ability of a batsman to assess and sight a delivery much quicker than would normally occur a vital tool for the batsman to combat the many different types of deliveries in the bowler’s armoury.

Good Length – A bowling delivery that pitches is such a position, it will confuse the batsman as to whether the ball should be played off the front or back foot.

Googly -This is a delivery by a right arm spin bowler, which to a right hand batsman appears as if it will spin from leg to off, however, spins in the opposite direction.

Groundsman – The person who prepares and maintains the pitch and playing field.

Grubber – A bowling delivery that stays very low after leaving the surface of the pitch.

Guard – The first thing any batsman does when he arrives at the wicket or a new bowler comes on is take guard, so that the batsman knows where he is standing in relation to the stumps.

Half Volley – A bowling delivery that pitches in such a position that the batsman is able to strike the ball almost immediately it leaves the surface of the pitch.

Hat Trick – When a bowler is able to manage 3 dismissals from 3 consecutive deliveries in the same match.

Hit Wicket – To strike and subsequently break the stumps by the batsman resulting in the batsman’s dismissal.

Hook (Shot) – A batting stroke played to the on side as a result of a short-pitched delivery from the bowler.

Howzat – Also stated as “Hows That?” when the fielding side is appealing for a dismissal.

Infield – The grouping of fieldsman normally placed with 30-40 metres of the batsman.

Innings – The period of time spent batting by a team or individual.

In Swinger – A delivery from a bowler, which deviates from the leg side to the off side.

Jaffer – A slang term used to describe a delivery bowled so well by the bowler it is unplayable by the batsman.

Knock – A term used to describe the batting innings of an individual player.

Leg (Leg Side) – The part of the field that is behind the batsman when he faces the bowler when batting. Also known as the on side.

LBW – Leg Before Wicket – Better known as Leg Before Wicket a common method of dismissal where the ball when having been bowled would normally strike the stumps if not for the fact it strikes the batsman’s leg first, based on certain circumstances.

Leg Break –  A delivery from a spin bowler, which turns off the surface of the wicket from the leg side to the off side.

Leg Cutter – A delivery from a pace bowler that deviates from the leg side to the off side after leaving the surface of the pitch, generally used as a form of slower ball for a fast bowler.

Length – Used to describe the parts of the pitch where the ball either struck or would have struck prior to reaching the batsman.

Lofted (Lofted Shot) – A delivery struck in such a way it travels high in the air for some distance, a potentially risky shot if hit in the vicinity of a fielder.

Maiden – When applied to a bowler describes an over where no runs have been scored by the batsman from any delivery. For batsman, it refers to a maiden innings or maiden century etc.

Middle Order – Refers to the batting positions or batsmen numbered between 5 and 7.

Nets – Generally applied to any area where cricket is practised.

New Ball – Simply, a completely new ball yet to be used in play, or one, which has not been used for many overs.

Nightwatchman – A player sent into bat that generally bats down the bottom of the order, but is promoted up the order usually near the end of a days play when a wicket has fallen to protect the batsman and also to prevent the loss of another batsman before the end of play.

Non-Striker – A term used to describe the batsman waiting at the bowlers end.

Off (Side) – The area immediately to the front of the batsman when waiting for the bowler to deliver a ball.

Outfield – The part of the playing surface of the arena closest to the boundary.

Over – The set number of balls bowled by a bowler. An over consists of 6 balls. The umpire also calls the term “Over” when the bowler has completed his 6 balls.

Over the Wicket –  Used to describe the bowling action of the bowler when the delivery arm follows through on the side closest to the stumps. The opposite term is around the wicket, which describes the bowling action of a bowler when the delivery arm follows through on the side furthest from the stumps.

Overthrow – Describes the extra runs scored when a ball is missed by the fielder or wicketkeeper when returned to the stumps by the fielder.

Pace (Bowling – Bowler) – Describes all types of bowling other than spin bowling. Can vary from medium to fast pace.

Pad – A protective device used to protect the legs of both batsmen and wicketkeepers from being struck by the ball.

Partnership – Refers to the batting performance by two particular batsmen whilst batting together during any particular innings. Or to the cumulative score made by two partnering batsmen.

Pick – In batting, refers to the ability of the batsman to visually observe the type of delivery about to be bowled by a bowler. In bowling, refers to a method adopted by bowlers to lift the seam of a cricket ball to gain an unfair advantage (cheat).

Pie Thrower – A slang term used to describe a bowler of poor quality.

Pitch – A term also used to describe the wicket where the batting and bowling is performed. Wickets must be 22 yards in length to comply with the Laws of Cricket.

Plumb – When a batsman is standing directly in the line of the stumps when the ball hits the pad.

Quickie – A term used to describe a bowler of fast pace.

Return – The throw by a fielder of the ball to either the wicketkeeper or the non-strikers end.

Run – The method of scoring during a game of cricket, when the two batsman run from one end of the pitch to the other.

Runner – A player dressed in full batting equipment called to act as the runner for an injured batsman. A runner is only permitted to run for the injured batsman, who is still required to face the bowling.

Run Out – A method of dismissing the batsman by disturbing the stumps before the batsman has made his ground and is within the batting crease.

Seam (Bowler – Bowling) – Refers to a bowler who can cause a ball to strike the pitch on the seam of the ball, thereby causing it to deviate in its delivery path prior to reaching the batsman.

Selectors – A group of officials appointed for the purpose of picking the players to represent a cricket team.

Session – Refers to a period of play during a cricket match. A day is made up by three sessions Morning (start-lunch), afternoon (lunch-tea) and evening (tea-close/stumps).

Sightscreen – A screen placed near the boundary behind the line of the bowlers arm in order to aid the batsman’s sighting of the ball when bowled.

Silly – Refers to any fielding position that is located very close to the batsman, for obvious reasons that you would be silly to want to field there.

Sitter – Refers to a catch that would under normal circumstances be considered to be very easy.

Skipper – The Captain of a cricket team.

Sledge – To use either abusive or offensive words against an opponent, to unsettle the batsman from his game.

Slow Wicket – Describes a pitch is in such a physical state, it offers no advantage to a pace bowler, however, a considerable advantage to a spin bowler.

Sticks – A slang term used for the stumps.

Sticky Wicket – Describes a pitch, which although dry on the surface, has underlying soft patches. This type of wicket is generally a difficult playing surface for batsman as it can cause a ball to behave unpredictably.

Strike (Striker) – The name given to the batsman who is facing the bowler. The batsman is said to be “on strike”.

Stumps – The three upright timber sticks at each end of the pitch. Sitting atop each set of stumps are two bails. A term also used to describe the end of a days play.

Sundries / Extras – Refers to any run scored by any means other than from the bat.

Tail – Generally refers to the last 4 batsmen on the batting side.

Test – A cricket match of International standard lasting for 5 days(or more), named so due to the fact it is a Test of ability to win the match.

Textbook (Shot) – A batting stroke that is perfectly played just like the textbook/coaches teach.

Toe – Refers to the very bottom edge of the bat.

Toss – The toss of a coin is used to determine whether a particular team will initially bat or bowl to open a match.

Twelfth Man – An extra player chosen for a team to act as a substitute fieldsman in the event one is called for. The twelfth man is generally not permitted to bat or bowl.

Walk – Generally used by a batsman to indicate his acceptance of a dismissal without waiting for the decision of an umpire. It was once the usual practice, but is now very uncommon expect a select few who still wish to play the game in a sporting manner.

Wicket – This term has many different uses. It can refer to the batting and bowling area, a dismissal by a bowler is classed as a wicket also it is another name for the stumps. The pitch also can be called the wicket.

Wicket Maiden – An over in which the bowler has taken a wicket without a batsman scoring runs.

Yorker – A bowling delivery that generally passes under the bat near to a batsman’s toes.

Bowlers who have captured ten wickets conceding 15 runs and less than 15 runs in a first class match

Bowlers who have captured ten wickets conceding 15 runs and less than 15 runs in a first class match

BS Bedi and FA Tarrant are the only two bowlers in the history of First Class cricket to capture five wickets in both innings of a match conceding single digit runs. Both have achieved the feat on Indian soil. FA Tarrant achieved the feat by capturing five for 6 and five for 9 representing Europeans against Muslims at Poona in 1915-16. BS Bedi emulated FA Tarrrant by capturing five for 6 and five for 9 representing Delhi against Services at Delhi in 1974-75. The following table lists the bowlers who have captured ten wickets conceding 15 runs and less than 15 runs in a first class match. Bishan Singh Bedi remains the only bowler in the history of Ranji Trophy to achieve the feat

NoW/RFI, SIPlayerMatchGroundSeason
110/113/4, 7/7BhattacharjeeBenvAsmJorhat1974/75
210/143/3,7/11RJHLambertIrevScoDublin1910
310/155/6, 5/9FATarrantEurvMusPoona/DG1915/16
410/155/6, 5/9BSBediDelvSerDelhi/FSK1974/75
510/154/8, 6/7AAdamsWProvEProCape Town1979/80
Bowlers capturing five wickets conceding eight or less than eight runs in an innings in Ranji Trophy

Bowlers capturing five wickets conceding eight or less than eight runs in an innings in Ranji Trophy

The following table lists the bowlers who have captured five wickets conceding eight runs or less in an innings in Ranji Trophy.

NoW-RPlayerMatchGroundseason
15-2VM MuddiahServices v J+ KDelhi-AHQ1961/62
25-3RS GavaskarBengal v TripuraAgartala1997/98
35-3VK SharmaPunjab v AndhraMohali2003/04
45-4K Bharath KumarTamil Nadu v AndhraCoimbatore1978/79
55-6Swaranjit SinghBengal v AssamCalcutta1959/60
65-6B JayantilalRailways v J+ KSrinagar1962/63
75-6BS BediDelhi v ServicesDelhi-FSK1974/75
85-7M Baqa JilaniN India v S PunjabAmritsar1934/35
95-7M AmarnathPunjab v J+ KPatiala1969/70
105-7SL ShastriRajasthan v RailwaysBikaner1978/79
115-7R GoelHaryana v J+ KRohtak1983/84
125-8SG DeenanMadras v MysoreBangalore-Gym1937/38
135-8Nikka RamS Punjab v ServicesPatiala1949/50
145-8AK SarkarServices v J+ KDelhi-Palam1959/60
155-8TS SahaTripura v J + KAgartala2006/07