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Hope you are fine. I want to known under what situations a dead ball is counted of the over and not counted of the over. Also, in an overthrow, a batsman takes one run and crosses for the second when the ball reaches the boundary and in another situation, the batsman takes 2 runs and crosses for the third when the ball reaches the boundary, how many runs are scored in both the situations. Can you please explain sir?

Thanks and regards,

ANSWER: Hi Binu,

Very good morning.

Regarding dead ball, not to be counted as one in the over and not counted as one in the over.


When a ball which has been delivered is called dead or is to be considered to be dead then, it will not count in the over if the striker has not had an opportunity to play it
and it will be a valid ball if the striker has had an opportunity to play it, unless No ball or Wide ball has been called.

There are two important points about the striker not being ready.

If he was not ready and still attempted to play the ball, then this will not give him protection but if he just moves out of that delivery for some reasons that he was not ready would protect him for genuine reasons and this genuine action will allow an additional delivery.  But if the action of the striker was a deliberate attempt to avoid dismissal or time wasting, either of these would mean an unfair play and umpire can take action under Law 42.

Anything that the umpire  considers has distracted the striker during his receiving delivery, umpire requires to call and signal Dead ball and that delivery will not be counted in the over.

In short the basic determining factor is whether or not the striker has had the opportunity to play the ball.

(2-a) Also, in an overthrow, a batsman takes one run and crosses for the second when the ball reaches the boundary.................

There is an overthrow in attempt to run out either batsman, and the batsman crosses for the second run before ball crossing the boundary only 4 runs will be scored.

In normal circumstances when a boundary is scored the allowance replaces any runs that the batsmen may have completed

(2-b) and in another situation, the batsman takes 2 runs and crosses for the third when the ball reaches the boundary.............................

The action of throw is important then the crossing of the ball. So the throw is made at the time of crossing, that run will count in addition to the boundary. So here 2 + 4= 6 runs, as they have crossed when the ball reaches the boundary. 3 + 4= 7 runs would have been scored had they crossed before (the actual action of) the throw.

If they have run and crossed on more than the allowance, these runs replaces the boundary. If the batsmen crossed for the 5th run before ball crossing the boundary, it will replace the boundary and 5 runs will be scored.

Hope this will clear your doubts. Enjoy your umpiring without tension. Your questions are vary precious so just clear your doubts, if any. Lets come and enjoy.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 16/06/2013)

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QUESTION: Thank you Sir for your answer,

I have noticed that Mayur Wankhede from Pune has been asking a lot of questions. I presume he is already umpiring. Sir, is it possible for you to give me his contact details so that I can contact him and know how to proceed with things practically. I also stay in Pune. It will be a great help for me to just start with things.

Thanks and regards,

Hi Binu,

Following are the contact and email address of Mayur Wankhede, who is always in touch with me and keep on asking good questions. Hope he will help you a lot personally in Pune.

•   Contact No:  9028351889 ( personal no )  / 9673995630 ( Mother’s no )

•   Office contact no : 020 2566 1992273

•   Email Addresses

This information is given after confirmation of Mayur.

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 8/7/2013


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