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Terms of or pertaining to the bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a roughly circular field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes it in turn to bat, in which they attempt to accumulate as many runs as possible, while the other team fields, attempting to prevent the batting team scoring runs.

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The Indian version of the hoik. Comes from the English 'lap', an old term for a stroke somewhere between a pull and a sweep. In Indian sub-continent, it has its origin to Hindi word 'lapet' meaning ...


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A tactic (now suppressed by law changes restricting fielders on the leg side) involving bowling directly at the batsman's body, particularly with close fielders packed on the leg side. Bodyline was a ...

Indian Premier League (IPL)

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Indian Twenty20 cricket league, in which 10 Indian teams compete to be No.1. The league, first organised in 2008, is the second-highest paying of all sporting competitions globally, second only to ...

Cricket World Cup

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An international championship of men's cricket held every four years and organised by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), with preliminary qualification rounds ...


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The act of a bowler or fielder shouting at the umpire to ask if his last ball took the batsman's wicket. Usually phrased in the form of howzat (how-is-that?). Common variations include 'Howzee?' (how ...

Arm ball

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A deceptive delivery bowled by an off spin bowler that is not spun, so, unlike the off break, it travels straight on (with the bowler's arm). A particularly good bowler's arm ball might also swing ...


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A top-order batsman capable of batting for a long duration throughout the innings. Usually batsmen playing at numbers 3 or 4 play such a role, especially if there is a batting collapse. An anchor ...

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