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Encyclopedia > Handled the ball

Handled the ball is a method of dismissal in the sport of cricket. In the sport of cricket, a dismissal occurs when the batsman is out (also known as taking a wicket). ... For the insect, see Cricket (insect). ...



Law 33 of the Laws of cricket provides that: The laws of cricket are a set of rules framed by the Marylebone Cricket Club which serve to standardise the format of cricket matches across the world to ensure uniformity and fairness. ...

"Either batsman is out Handled the ball if he wilfully touches the ball while in play with a hand or hands not holding the bat unless he does so with the consent of the opposing side."

A batsman is not out 'handled the ball' if:

(i) He handles the ball in order to avoid injury; OR (ii) He uses his hand or hands to return the ball to any member of the fielding side with the consent of that side.

Though a batsman is out 'obstructing the field' if he uses his hand or hands to return the ball to any member of the fielding side without the consent of that side when the ball is still in play. Obstructing the field is a method of dismissal in the sport of cricket. ...

This method of dismissal was recorded in the first laws that were published, in 1774. Law 3 included the words "If the Striker touches or takes up the Ball before she is lain quite still, unless asked by the Bowler or Wicket-keeper, it's out". Chesma Column in Tsarskoe Selo, commemorating the end of the Russo-Turkish War. ...

Other provisions of Law 33

If either batsman is out 'handled the ball', any runs completed before the offence, together with any penalty extras and the penalty for a No ball or Wide are still scored.

The bowler does not get credit for the wicket.

Unusual dismissal

It is very unusual for a batsman to get out 'handled the ball' - there is no reason why a batsman should handle it. When it has happened, it is usually because the batsman has unthinkingly swept the ball away from his stumps whilst trying to protect his wicket. This happened to Russell Endean, Mohsin Khan, Desmond Haynes, Graham Gooch and Steve Waugh. William Russell Endean (born May 31, 1924, Johannesburg, Transvaal, died June 28, 2003, England) was a South African cricketer who played in 28 Tests from 1951 to 1958. ... Mohsin Hasan Khan (born March 15, 1955, Karachi, Sind) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in 48 Tests and 75 ODIs from 1977 to 1986. ... Desmond Leo Haynes (born February 15, 1956 in Barbados) is a West Indian cricketer and cricket coach. ... Graham Alan Gooch (born July 23, 1953) is a former cricket captain for Essex and England. ... Stephen Rodger Waugh (born June 2, 1965 in Canterbury, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer and was the captain of the Australian Test cricket team from 1999 to 2004. ...

More controversially, England batsman Michael Vaughan was given out in Bangalore against India in 2001 when he inexplicably picked up the moving ball that was going nowhere near his stumps. This was quite controversial, since Vaughan seemed to be picking the ball up just to pass it back to the Indians. To some observers, it is unclear why he wasn't given out Obstructing the field. Michael Paul Vaughan OBE (Born 29 October 1974 in Manchester, England) is an English cricketer, and captain of the England cricket team. ... Bangalore (proposed to be renamed Bengalooru or Bengaluru) (Kannada: ; pronunciation: in Kannada and in English) is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Obstructing the field is a method of dismissal in the sport of cricket. ...

Australian Andrew Hilditch's handled the ball dismissal against Pakistan was even more controversial than Vaughan's. At Perth in 1979, Pakistani batsman Sikander Bakht had been Mankaded by Alan Hurst earlier in the same day to end the Pakistan second innings. Whilst at the non-striker's end, Hilditch interrupted a throw from mid-on and passed the ball to the bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, who appealed. Strictly speaking, Hilditch had broken the law and the umpire was correct to rule him out. But the appeal was against the spirit of cricket and viewed as gamesmanship. It is the only handled the ball dismissal to occur at the non-striker's end. Andrew Mark Jefferson Hilditch (born May 20, 1956, North Adelaide, South Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 18 Tests and 8 ODIs from 1979 to 1985, and now chairman of selectors for the Australian cricket team. ... Sikander Bakht (born August 25, 1957, Karachi, Sind) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in 26 Tests and 27 ODIs from 1976 to 1989. ... Run out is a method of dismissal in the sport of cricket. ... Alan George Hurst (born July 15, 1950, Altona, Victoria) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 12 Tests and 8 ODIs from 1975 to 2005. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Gamesmanship is the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win a game, such as golf or snooker. ...

List of batsmen dismissed 'handled the ball'

The complete list of batsmen given out 'handled the ball' in Test matches and one-day internationals is: A Test match in progress. ... One-day International (ODI) is a form of cricket, which is played over 50 overs per side between two national cricket teams. ...

Test match dismissals handled the ball
No Batsman Country Opposition Venue Date
1 Russell Endean South Africa England Cape Town, South Africa 5 January 1957
2 Andrew Hilditch Australia Pakistan Perth, Australia 29 March 1979
3 Mohsin Khan Pakistan Australia Karachi, Pakistan 23 September 1982
4 Desmond Haynes West Indies India Bombay (now Mumbai), India 27 November 1983
5 Graham Gooch England Australia Manchester, England 7 June 1993
6 Steve Waugh Australia India Chennai (formerly Madras), India 19 March 2001
7 Michael Vaughan England India Bangalore, India 19 December 2001
One-day international dismissals handled the ball
No Batsman Country Opposition Venue Date
1 Mohinder Amarnath India Australia Melbourne, Australia 9 February 1986
2 Daryll Cullinan South Africa West Indies Durban, South Africa 27 January 1999

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