Are you a cricket fan? Then, you would agree “Cricket is a funny game”. Cricket has many strange and interesting rules. Here, I am discussing about LBW rule and how or when a batsman is victim of LBW.
LBW rule has always been dynamic. ICC has changed the rules of LBW many times for various reasons. The latest one being `Umpire’s call`. This change has made on-field umpire valuable; more on this later. Sit back and enjoy, you might find it interesting.
Basically, the rule is if you block the ball and it was likely to hit the stumps then you are given out. The decision is made by the on-field umpire. Now, comes the various aspects. There are three things to keep in mind viz. Pitching, Impact, Wickets (weather it is hitting or not). Note that, the batsman is not given out if any part of bat or gloves is involved.
What is pitching?
Pitching is where the ball touch (pitch) at first on the ground. There are three stumps (from left off, middle and leg for a right-handed batsman). To be given LBW pitching must not be outside leg. Pitching anywhere rather than that will be eligible.
Impact in LBW
It is where the ball hits the batsman. One can be mistaken that ball should hit only legs to be LBW which is not true. The important thing is impact should be just in front of the stumps. Again, comes the interesting part, wherever the impact does not matter when the batsman does not attempt any shot. This is completely in the hands of the umpire to decide. If the batsman blocks the ball and does not attempt shot then one is eligible for LBW.
Wickets in LBW
After meeting all the criteria of pitching and impact if the umpire thinks the ball is going to hit stumps, the batsman is given out.
Now, let’s discuss about the review system. Batsman can review the decision of umpire if he don’t agree with the decision. It is reviewed by the technology known as Hawk eye. Third umpire checks everything before LBW whether it is a legal delivery and if any part of the bat is involved. To overturn the decision of on-field umpire more than half part of the ball should involve.
For example, if the batsman is given out, the ball should be pitching completely outside leg OR impact not in front of stumps OR completely missing the stumps. And, if the batsman is given not out, to overturn that decision, more than half part of the ball should be inside leg stump and more than half part of the ball should be impact in front of stumps and more than half part of the ball should be hitting the stumps. Hitting by just a small part will not do. This makes on-field umpire’s decision crucial.
This is how a batsman in international cricket is given LBW. Hope you find it interesting and Informative. Feedbacks are welcomed in the comments below.