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Respected Sir,

Recently, while answering my one of the question you mentioned that striker end umpire can provide the information regarding "where the striker is standing with respect to popping crease."
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i would like to ask you that, How to indicate striker's stance to your colleague? ( i.e the way the communication will be done )

Mayur Wankhade

Dear Mayur,

Let me say sorry for the delay in keeping you waiting. Hi, good morning to you.

First of all earlier the support from colleague was limited to counting balls and regarding the fair catch taken or not. But with the developing technology and skill of umpires, it has now become essential to support your colleague whichever way you feel possible. Earlier I was unaware about all these things, but as you stand in matches with good umpires, you always learn something from him, subject to the nature of the person.

There are two aspects of batsman's stance,one it is always presumed that almost all the  batsmen take stance in front of the popping crease to new ball bowlers, pace / fast bowlers, and to spinners they stand by keeping their legs on either side of the popping crease. This is always considered by default.

But a few batsmen may opt to stand much more in front of the popping crease then normal batsmen. So you can indicate to your colleague with prior arranged signals. All the information you have to share with your body language only. It will help your colleague to decide better LBW decisions.

For bat pad contacts, you need to tap the other hand to inform him that the batsman has played to ball, this will help him to decide whether to give Leg Bye, caught behind, Tapping your thigh with hand, means the ball has hit the pad and not the bat. But this you can do only if your are confident enough. So you must have a close look to each and every delivery.

You must attend to all the impacts of each and every delivery that batsman plays or the impact of the ball on the pad. You must learn to differ two different sounds. This you will learn with experience and by standing in the nets. Try to concentrate on the sound of each and every delivery to differentiate the sounds. This is also very important to decide bat and pad, catches and LBW. Better understanding with your colleague should be developed during the match.

Hope you will add to my own experience with your better performances and doing more matches recently. Hope you enjoy umpiring with much more better experience.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 24/07/2013)  


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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.

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