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Why is a batsman given not out (LBW) if the ball pitches outside the leg stump,and given out LBW even if the ball pitches outside the off stump??? I do not quite comprehend this rule!!

Dear Peter,

So nice of you to ask such a wonderful question. I would answer this briefly.

Why LBW Not out from the deliveries, pitching outside the leg stump and pitching outside the off stump?

First I will take delivery pitches outside the leg stump:

This is so because of various reasons like to curtail negative bowing from the bowling side and secondly there are always foot holes created by the bowler's follow through, which give the advantage to the bowling side from that rough area. So just to give advantage to the batsmen this has been curbed. The game of cricket is made for batsman more than a bowler. Batsman has to enjoy and bowler has to toil hard. So to avoid both waste of time and negative bowing this rule was framed.

Ball pitches outside the off stump:

Earlier the batsmen were not given out LBW when ball pitches outside the off stump and thereby mostly batsmen used to pad up deliveries from outside the off stump, thereby batsmen were given more freedom to pad up outside off stump and the game was becoming boring and dull. SO they changed the rule a bit in favour of both the batsmen and the bowlers.  

Striker is given out when ball pitches outside the off stump and if he does not make any genuine attempt to play the ball with his bat, and even though the impact is outside the off stump, he will be given out, provided in the opinion of the bowler's end umpire, the ball would have gone to hit the wicket.

In the similar way, for a ball pitches outside the off stump and the striker makes genuine attempt to play the ball with his bat, and he misses and the ball hits the pad, and if this impact is outside the off stump, he will not be given out LBW, even if the ball would have gone to hit the stump.

Thus, to curtail deliberate padding by the striker, this rule has come into force.  


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