A batsman can be out in a variety of ways according to cricket's rules. A batsman can actually think of exactly eleven methods to go out if he so chooses.
Some exit strategies are quite popular. Batsmen are out every day by being bowled, caught, or LBW. A batsman being run out or stumped is hardly an event that warrants being reported as breaking news on television.
Even "hit wickets" are prevalent, and we frequently witness batters who have been "retired out." Some of us have seen instances of the remaining four dismissals, in which the batsman obstructed the field, hit the ball twice, handled the ball, or both, and was graciously asked to go by the umpire.
As you can see, I've already discussed ten of the eleven ways to leave that are permitted by cricket's rules. This page discusses the eleventh method of leaving a game of cricket, which is being "timed out"!
What causes a batsman to "time out"? The following batsman must be ready at the wicket within three minutes of being dismissed. The umpire is forced to declare the batter out if the fielding team appeals and the batsman fails to do so. By the way, it has never occurred during a match between nations. Additionally, I wouldn't place a bet on it happening soon.
In first-class cricket, this type of dismissal has only occurred four times, with the first instance occurring in South Africa in 1987–1988 and the most recent in England in 2003.
In two of these situations, the batter was traveling and was unable to arrive at the match's location. In one occasion, the batsman's groin injury prevented him from moving from the boundary to the wicket quickly enough.
The distinction for the funniest "timed out" dismissal, however, must go to H. Yadav, an Indian player who was competing in a 1997–98 Ranji Trophy game between Tripura and Orissa. Just before Yadav was set to bat, he and his team management got into a disagreement on the boundary. The umpire lost patience because the batsman was unable to get to the wicket.
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