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QUESTION: Hello Sir,
         when the ball is bowled by a right hand bowler around the wicket and the ball is in line of the stumps and hits the pad of a left hand batsmen is it out ?

ANSWER: Dear Sai Datta,

Thanks again for your question.

In my opinion he is out, without doubt, "LBW".

What is required of you is you should be satisfied that all he conditions of LBW are met with, and your index finger should go up. I always consider all the conditions of LBW, rather then going by whether the bowler is bowing over the wicket or round the wicket.  Sometimes, bowlers are bowling too close from the stumps, that is he bowling very straight in line with the stumps, whereas if they bowl from the angle off the crease, or wide of the stumps, then they are not bowling straight to the wicket. So bowling round the wicket has some more advantage for the bowlers to claim LBW wicket.  As far as LBW is considered people have different opinion from different angle, but what you feel at the instant of appeal, you must answer the appeal with all your experience.

After a fair ball, you have to watch the flight / trajectory of that delivery, then you must be sure the pitching off the ball and where it hits first, (ignore if it hits the bat first), the traveling distance after pitching, would you be able to judge the deviation, if any when the ball pitched and hit the pads. Would the ball have gone to hit the wicket, if not intercepted first with the person or pads.

So don't get confused with right arm over the wicket or round the wicket, what is important is the movement of the delivery and other aspects mentioned above.

Hope this will help you enough to clear your doubts. Thanks for your questions. I like to answer them and share my experience with you all cricket lovers.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 20/11/2012)

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QUESTION: Then What If It's A Right Hand Batsmen Sir ?

Dear Sai Datta,

Thanks for getting back to me to get more clarity on LBW decision.

I told you right and left hand batsman facing to a right hand bowler, whether bowling over the wicket or round the wicket has nothing to with LBW rule. Logically you have to follow the certain conditions of the LBW law and should not get confused with anything round or over the wicket. The decision of LBW is based on certain conditions, which I mentioned earlier.

Pitching, impact and ball would have gone to hit the stumps, you have to rule the batsman out LBW. (On a fair delivery)

Umpire should close his eyes for an appeal of LBW, to a ball pitching outside the leg stump and even though it was going into the stumps.

I believe in practical experience and not other aspects for LBW decision. If you concentrate on delivery, it will not trouble you anymore. The more you stand in the matches, will help you to gain more confidence.

So don't get confused. Its always your eye sight that should follow the path of the ball till it hits the person or pad of the batsman and you must follow its further path after that impact.

Hope you understand my views on LBW. With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 21/11/2012)


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I have been a state panel cricket umpire and doing umpiring for last 40 years and also a BCCI official national scorer since 2004, having done many International ODIs played at Baroda and many first class matches in Baroda. I have passed many state panel exams in both categories.

I was serving with State Bank of India, as an Officer, posted at Bodeli branch, some 65 Kmts from Baroda, having taken promotion in August 2012. I was thereafter transferred to Pavi Jepur Br, some 90 kmts from Baroda on 20/12/2013. Recently I have taken VRS from Bank as after becoming an officer I was facing lot of problems regarding leave to attend BCCI matches as a scorer and also Local umpiring and thus hampering my sporting activities. Now to enable me to spare more time for my passion, I have opted for VRS and was relieved on 30/01/2016 and now will look forward to enjoy my passion in the remaining years.Look forward to remain busy with cricketing activities for next one decade and more.Look forward to help my cricket colleagues. Look forward to give off my best services to my passion, which has taught me many more things and now I feel I must contribute towards the local cricket association, i.e. Baroda Cricket Association with all love and enthusiasm in the coming years.I feel proud to take VRS for the sake of my passion. Its a great feeling that I have taken a bold decision in the wake of my passion which has given me enjoyment and physical fitness to enjoy the game of cricket in the the days to come. Now I feel myself as a free bird and no tension. Look forward to help budding umpires.

Earlier I used to write in local newspaper but thereafter time has not permitted me to do so. I give my views over the controversial topic.

I am a degree holder of Commerce and having a reputed banking job in Baroda. Recently due to some personal problems and to fulfil my love and passion for the game of cricket I have opted volunteer retirement from the Bank service to enable me to do BCCI matches as an Official scorer in first class matches. Taking promotion in Bank and expecting leave for the matches was a major problem and that is one of the reasons to quit bank ahead of cricket.

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I have passed several examination of cricket umpiring at State levels. I passed Mumbai cricket Association as well as Baroda Cricket Associations state exams. I had also cleared national written test of BCCI, but unfortunately sheer bad luck in viva and practical. I have also stood first in the Scorers' state level examinations at Saurashtra, exam conducted by Saurashtra Cricket Association and also stood first in Mumbai Cricket Association's Scorers' exam. I further cleared the BCCI national exam in the year 1994 held at Ahmedabad. In all I have officiated as an Umpire in more than 3500 matches, including T20, ODI, 3-4-5/days matches, 6-aside, double wicket tournaments, single wicket tournaments, and many more festival events and charity matches. I have also officiated as an official scorer in many first class cricket matches as well as almost all ODI matches played at the IPCL/ Reliance Cricket ground in Baroda. In all I have officiated as an official scorer in not less than 300 matches. I have been appointed a Sports Secretary of SBI in Baroda (2010 to 2012) I have been elected as one of the Umpires' committee of Baroda Cricket Association on 23.04.2012 Looking forward to take care of local umpires and will try to educate them. Recently I was privileged to conduct a 3-day cricket Umpires seminar on 7 to 9 September, 2012 along with Shri Sanjay Hazare, BCCI Elite panel cricket umpire. This was my first ever experience to conduct a seminar, which had almost 60 participants. I am thankful to the Baroda Cricket Association for giving me this opportunity. I have been honoured on many occasions with awards and certificates for my best umpiring. Recently on 13th February, 2014, I was invited as a Chief Guest by Amrut School in Halol, to celebrate the Annual Sports Day of their school.

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