Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Beginners ABC's of Cricket

With the ICC Cricket World Cup well under way on home turf, it's time for us all to get Cricket Fever! For any newbies to the sport, here's a quick guide to cricket jargon and slang will make you sound like a seasoned cricket follower.

Anchor - A top order batsmen who can bat throughout the whole innings, often scoring slower than the other batsmen around him.

Belter - A flat hard pitch which should provide plenty of runs for the batsmen.

Bumper (aka bouncer) - A short pitched ball targeted at head height - the reason batsmen wear helmets.

Bunny - A lower order batsmen who is easy to dismiss.

Cow Corner - The vacant area deep on the batsmen’s leg side (between mid-wicket and long on).

Carrom Ball - A delivery which is released between the thumb and a bent middle finger to extract turn.

Duck - When a batsmen is dismissed without scoring for exactly 0.

Death - The final few overs of an innings, where the special skill of ‘death bowling’ comes into play.

Dibbly-Dobbly - A medium-slow bowler who trundles in off only a few paces.

Dilscoop - A shot pioneered by Sri Lanka's Tilikeratne Dilshan which involves going down on one knee and scooping the ball over the wicketkeepers head.

Edge - When the ball grazes the edge of the bat and carries behind the wicket.

Free Hit - A delivery where the batsman can’t get out, except for run-out which only occurs the ball after a bowler bowls a front-foot No Ball.

Flipper - A leg-spin delivery made famous by Shane Warne which appears like a leg-break at first before skidding on low and fast.

Green Top - A pitch with a lot of grass cover that will aid pace bowlers.

Googly (aka Wrong’un) - A ball from the leg spinner which spins the other way.

Howzat - What fielders yell when they are appealing for a wicket.

Hawkeye - Visual graphic which shows whether the ball will go on from the pads to hit the stumps.

Hotspot - An infrared imaging system used to determine whether the ball has hit the batsmen’s bat or pad.

Helicopter shot - Shot perfected by India player MS Dhoni where a full length ball is hit in a fashion causing the bat to swish around 180 degrees above the batsmen’s head.

Infield - The region of field inside the 30 metre circle around the pitch.

Jaffa - Word to describe an unplayable ball.

Knock - A batsmen’s innings, also converts into ‘top knock’ for brilliant innings.

Loosener - A poor delivery bowled at the start of a bowlers spell.

Manhattan - A graphic showing how many runs have been scored off each over that resembles the Manhattan skyline.

Nelson - The superstitious number of 111, also applied to ‘double nelson’, 222 and treble nelson, 333 thought to originate from the history of Lord Nelson.

No Ball - An illegal delivery which adds 1 run to the batting teams total and means the ball has to be re-bowled. A front foot no ball results in a free-hit the next ball for the batting team.

ODI - Abbreviation for One Day International.

Powerplay - A block of overs which restrict the number of fielders in the outfield, giving batsmen the advantage to score boundaries. Comes in two types, the mandatory powerplay from overs 0-10 and the batting powerplay which the batting team can call anytime before the 35th over. If they don’t call it by then.

Quack (aka Duck) - When a batsmen is dismissed without scoring.

Ramp - When the ball is intentionally guided over the top of the wicket keeper and slips from fast-paced bowling.

Snicko - A visual graph which shows whether the batsmen has edged the ball or not.

Switch Hit - When a right hand batsmen switches to bat left hand (or vice-versa) while the bowler is in his run up.

Textbook - When a shot is played with immaculate technique.

Uppercut - When a short pitched ball is punched in the air towards the third-man boundary.

Village - Word to describe mindless or mediocre play.

Waft - An unconvincing shot where the batsmen waves the bat at the ball without making contact.

Xavier Tras (aka X.tras) - a slang expression for the number of extras in a batting sides innings, with the extras being personalized into a batsman ‘X. Tras’.

Yorker - A full pitched ball aimed at the batsmen’s toes or on the crease line, used often at the death of an innings.

Zooter - A leg spin delivery which skids through even lower and quicker than the flipper.