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I want to ask a question about stump out. How is the rule defined?
I have following confusion about it.
If a medium pacer (or even a fast bowler) is bowling and wicket keeper is standing 5 to 6 feet (or even farther) from the stumps behind the wicket. The batsman leaves the crease to hit the ball ( remember he is not going for a run) and misses the ball. The wicket keeper collects the ball and throws down the stumps and batsman is still out of his crease. Will it he out stumped or not?
Is it necessary (in rules) that the keeper must throw down the stumps with "an under arm throw" while stumping?
Please reply me soon. Thank you

Dear Anwar,

Thanks for your good question.

Many people who follow the game get confused over Run Out and Stumped. But I will make it simple and will remove your any confusion or doubts about it.

First confusion, whether WK should not throw and only throw under arm to get the batsman stumped, which is wrongly shared by gully cricket. There is nothing like underarm or overthrow by WK, only is to be considered.

In the above described case, you have mentioned that the striker is coming out of his crease to play the shot and WK who is standing a bit far, throws down the wicket, and here as the batsman is simply outside the crease, he is out stumped and not run out. In the same scenario if the batsman is really attempting to take run, in that case he is run out. So here by the action of the batsman, which is important to decide whether he should be given out RO, or stumped.

In the same scenario if other than the WK hits the wicket, then he is out RO and not stumped. Stumping only involves WK and batsman is just out of his crease. But RO, can be effected rither directly by WK or fielder. Striker is out of the crease, if WK removes the bails any way, the striker is out only stumped, unless he attempts to take run. If other than the WK removes the bails, irrespective of the striker, where he is standing, he is likely to be given out RO and not stumped.

In the event of a No ball,

Striker cannot be out stumped. So if he is outside the crease and WK, removes the bails he is neither out Stumped nor RO. If the striker attempts to run, and WK puts down the wicket fairly the striker is out RO.

If the striker plays the No ball and the ball goes to any fielder other than the WK, and even if he is outside the crease, not attempting to take run, he is still out RO.

I do hope all confusions and doubts will be cleared with the above detailed answer. But still you can get back to me for any further query. Thanks for your question, and you are always welcome to discuss and know about cricket umpiring through experts. Its a great opportunity to share with people of real interest. Thanks again. Wish you happy Dussehra.

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 13/10/2013)  


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