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Today, at the cricket championships, there are different ways to exclude a batsman from the game. To do this, you need to correctly catch the ball when it is hit with the bat. The most common removal of a batsman is when a fielder catches the ball immediately in his hands, without it bouncing off the ground. Then the player with the bat is considered caught. Of course, there are other ways in which a batsman will finish his game. Read more about this in our prepared material.


Caught” in cricket means that the current batsman stops hitting balls and leaves the field (he has lost). As noted above, if the fielder catches the ball before it falls to the ground when hitting the batsman, the batsman is considered caught.

There are other commands that mean that the batsman stops his game. For example, if, when serving a bowler, a batsman hits the ball, and it is the wicketkeeper who catches it, the batsman will be called “caught behind” or “caught at the wicket.

Very rarely in cricket competitions, there is such a catch as ‘caught and bowled. This happens when the bowler serves the ball to the batsman, and he also catches it on an unsuccessful strike. Indeed, from the words, it seems that “caught and bowled” is a very difficult catch.

It is logical to assume that the easiest way to exclude a player with a bat from the game is to take the ball to catch the batsman. According to statistics (albeit not quite relevant), from 1877 to 2012, there were 36,190 such catches in test matches. In the ratio, this is 56.9 % of all exceptions of a player with a bat.

At the moment, Mark Boucher is a former professional wicket-keeper from Thought Africa; in the period from 1997-2012, he was able to take 532 “caught behind” catches – this is the current world record. Unfortunately, in 2012, an unpleasant episode happened with Mark at one of the matches, in which bail flew into his left eye (he was without glasses and a protective helmet). After that, the player had two eye surgeries, and Mark Boucher ended his career ahead of schedule.

If Mark is the record holder as a wicketkeeper, then Rahul Dravid is the best by caught. During the same period, he was able to catch 210 balls that did not touch the ground! This is a very excellent result.

Quite often, there are controversial moments in cricket. This also applies to catches. Here is a list of when a batsman is considered not caught:

  • The ball is called no-ballor dead ball. If the two terms are considered in 2 words, then no-ball is when the bowler serves incorrectly (from the wrong place or the ball rolls on the ground after the throw, or the ball is dangerous for hitting). And for “dead ball” there are its own criteria, which you can find on our website. A dead ball is almost any given command from the judge. It means that at this moment, all actions on the game are not counted;
  • The batsman does not hit the ball with the bat, but with another part of the body;
  • After the kick, the ball initially touches the ground, and then it falls into the hands of the fielders;
  • The ball flies out of the field and stays there;
  • The fielder, when catching the ball, steps or crosses the boundaries of the playing area.

Nowadays, if a batsman is really considered caught, the bowler is credited with the wicket that the batsman defended, and the one who caught the ball is credited with the catch of the cricketer. With an obvious catch, the batsman leaves the field without a dispute. But in the case when there are controversial moments on the part of a player with a bat and he is not sure that he is considered caught, then the team submits an appeal to the match referee. In turn, the judge has the right to use a television assistant who will judge this episode when watching a thorough video replay.

By the way, until 2000, according to the Laws of cricket, a player with a bat was considered caught when the fielder completely controlled the ball. In a very rough form, this meant that if a player caught it, then he should give the ball to the bowler for the next draw. For this reason, today, to show the referee that the ball is under the control of the fielder, it is thrown up (at the same time, the fielders celebrate the winning draw).

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Nisha Bhavani
Author: Nisha Bhavani Position: Cricket Expert
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