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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

I am watching the IND vs AUS 1st Chennai Test. On one of the Ashwin's delivery ball touches Clark's  pad  first then his bat then just fall short of silly mid-on fielder. Not much serious comments from Mr Gavaskar about this . So questions arises in my mind and you are the correct person to solve the doubts.

Keeping in mind following points,
 1) ball is fairly delivered
 2) when I use term "strikes the person" , its strikers person only.
whether the striker out caught in the following cases

1) ball first strikes the person and then touches the bat or glove (holding the bat) and then subsequently catch by fielder?
 ( what is stand of MCC laws and ICC playing conditions on this)

2) ball strikes middle of the bat played in forward defense and bounces reverse back after hitting the ground and again touches the bat and now subsequently catch by the fielder?

Mayur Wankhade.

ANSWER: Dear Mayur,

Thanks for your question. Luckily I am home today and answered your question promptly.

Answers to your both questions:

1. First incident the striker is out.
ii. Second incident the striker is not out.


As far as ball is concerned it does not matter whether it touches the person first or the bat or gloves first. The only thing is that the ball should not touch the ground in any case since being first struck on the person. The ball first touches the bat and then it touches the person, or the ball first touches the bat or glove and touches the person and the ball is subsequently held by a fielder the striker is out.

IN the second case, since being first struck it has hit the ground and again bounces back to hit the bat or glove of the batsman, here the striker is not out. The important point is that the ball should not hit the ground since being first struck. Even batsman while playing the ball lawfully twice after it has touched his bat or gloves, and a catch is held the striker is out caught, only subject to ball has not touched the ground, since being first struck.

Hope this is very much clear to you. Remember the following for ever,

Bat and pad  or pad and bat , the striker is out caught, subject to ball does not touch the ground since being first struck.

If its a pad and bat, catch is always valid, but a catch is not held and an appeal for LBW, would justify if in the opinion of the umpire the ball would have gone on to hit the wicket.

But even though LBW would have justified the decision, if the batsman is out caught, 'caught' has always precedence over LBW. And batsman is only out 'caught;.


SUhas Spare (Baroda 22022013)

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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

Perfect !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks a lot for such wonderful clarification. This explanation is same to what i was thinking before reaching you. You have clear my doubt which arises because of commentator.

The thing is many commentators use the wrong words while commenting or sometimes they were with lack of knowledge.
 e.g they used to say wicket to the pith. They say the wicket is turning. How wicket will turn man !!!!! . The wicket is set of three wooden stumps with two wooden bails on top of it.

The same was the case here, while showing the replay that Clark's catch opportunity missed just because ball didn't carry to silly mid-on, the commentator was not interested at all since it hits the pad first . And i was started doubting myself with my concepts and eventually need your help.

 Anyways thanks for the quick reply...your quickest of the replies possibly :)
Enjoying the Clark's batting, Mr. Erasmus and Mr. Dharmasena's stand there.

Mayur Wankhade.

Dear Mayur,

Thanks for the comments.

Cricket is a funny language. Even the greatest of greatest cricketers would call it wicket and Not pitch. One cannot correct this type of language, which has become everybody's practice. So we have to content with this.

Once again thanking you for asking me good questions which are helpful to you practically on the field of play. Lets enjoy and go ahead.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 23022013)


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