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QUESTION: Hi Sir good Evening

Recently i came across a scenario where i was batting , i hit the ball trying to complete a tight single run when the throw came i have reached the ground but the fielder missed the ball, then i try for the second run, the ball crossed the boundary after i completed the 2nd run. how many runs it will be 5 or 6 runs.
i claimed for 6 runs because when the ball crossed the boundary line i have completed 2nd run. is it right or wrong ?

ANSWER: Dear Dhiraj,

Good morning. Its nice asking me a practical question.

Its just 5 runs and not 6.

This is for bowler's end umpire, who will have a track on this. Umpire will have a watch on both the batsmen running and their position at the instant of a throw. What is important is what was the position of batsmen when the act of a throw takes place. So, if the batsmen have not crossed for the second run, it is only 1 + 4 = 5 runs, and non striker will take strike.

In your case there was an overthrow before you completed the first run, so there is no question of second run. And what you said that the ball crossed the boundary line when you started for the second run (or after the completion of the first run), so its only 5 runs and the non striker will take the strike unless it was the last ball of the over.

Hope this is very much clear and hope you will enjoy.

Thanks and best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 28/11/2012)

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QUESTION: Thank u sir
But i have said that the ball crossed the boundary after i completed my 2nd run. please tell

2> Another question i have --

Does a outside box foot fault(back foot no ball) will be awarded as a free hit.
recently in a match the umpire call for a free hit when my back foot touches the outer line of the out box at the time of bowling. umpire told that this rule is added by icc recently.
is it true.


Dear Dhiraj,

Thanks for your question.

This is not added but words are clear. Free hit will be given on the call off a No ball for only foot fault and not for any other reasons. So what is foot fault? The front foot is related to return crease or center crease, joining the two middle stumps and the back foot is related to return crease. This is called foot fault No ball.

Hope this is clear to you now. Thanks again for your question.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 29/11/2012)


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