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Most Irresponsible and Disastrous Shots in Cricket History

Call it the pressure or a sudden lack of concentration, over the years cricketers have played some horrible and irresponsible shots which have brought disaster for their team and took the team from the verge of victory to embarrassing losses. We have listed down 5 most irresponsible and disastrous shots from the history of cricket.

I am sure you can not miss the last two:-

Sachin and Sanga – An era of two Asian greats

Sachin – 15921 Runs, Sanga – 12400 Runs

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and Kumar  Choksananda Sangakkara, two of Asia’s greatest cricketers of all times. I have recently seen a lot of debates on who is the better Test cricketer among the two. While I feel both were legends in their own ways, it will be inappropriate to compare the two.

As an Indian, you always would want to say Sachin is the better one, but as a true sports lover, you are bound not to ignore the contributions of  both of them and surely place both of them as legends on an equal footing.

Sachin Tendulkar broke almost every cricket record in the planet, but it was Kumar Sangakkara who with his consistency and determination ensured that he is not left far behind. Sanga has an envious record in Test cricket 134 Test matches with 12400 runs, 38 hundreds at an average of 57.40, which shows his consistency.

Sachin scored a century every 3.92 Tests while Sanga scored it at every 3.52 Tests. In terms of the rate of scoring a fifty or hundred, Sachin scored either of them in every 2.76 innings whereas Sanga took just 2.59 innings.

Then there will always be a debate whose centuries helped the team win more, the statistics show that percentage of winning after scoring a ton in Sachin’s case was 39% whereas in Sanga’s case was 51%.

Best Slip Catchers of All times

I remember in the 1980’s Sunil Gavaskar catching the ball at slip and slipping the ball into his pocket before returning it to the umpire. Those catches we saw made watching slip catches interesting.  It is said that to win a Test match, the team needs to have the capacity to take 20 wkts. Rather I would say to take 20 wkts, your slip fielders have to play a very important role.  Invariably you have catches flying to slips especially in Test matches. 

India has seen some great slip fielders from Sunil Gavaskar (108 catches), Rahul Dravid (210 catches), VVS Laxman (135 catches), Mohd Azharuddin(105 catches).

Across the cricketing circles we have seen some great slip catchers like Kallis (200 catches), Mahela Jayawardena (205), Stephen Fleming (171 catches) and many more.

The question is who is the best ever slip catcher, the one who catches more than he drops and my vote will go to Mark Taylor (157 catches) followed by Mark Waugh (181 catches).  Have hardly seen them grass a chance, the effortless way they used to catch made slip catching looked a child’s play, no wonder Australia won majority of their Test matches during that time.

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Dale Steyn and Jimmy Anderson – A Tribute

The last two months saw two of the all time great bowlers reach the 400 wkt milestone. Dale Steyn reached the milestone in his 80th Test match and Jimmy Anderson in his 105th Test match. Both of them are match-winners in their own rights. Steyn on the way equals Sir Richard Hadlee’s record of the fastest speedster to reach the mark, and also the fastest in terms of the number of balls bowled. 

Steyn achieved the milestone in 16634 balls wherein Hadlee had taken 3600 balls more to reach the milestone. Steyn’s strike rate of 41.58 is the best among the bowlers with more than 200 wkts .

New entrants to the 400 wickets club

Jimmy – A genuine swing bowler, one of the best since the times of Kapil, Botham, Hadlee and, Imran.

Dale Steyn – An out and out quick bowler who can demolish batting line-ups as he has done throughout his career and who surely is in the mould of Lillee, Marshall, Holding

Both have won many a match for their teams, but the best ever spells I remember was Steyn’s 7-51 vs India at Nagpur in 2010, where he steamrolled the much vaunted Indian batting line up.  Anderson’s current spell of 6-47 in the ongoing Ashes series was one his best.

Both of them beyond comparison are legends in their own ways.  We will surely be seeing them for a few more years, since both are in the early thirties and can still win many more matches for their teams. In the 80’s there was no better sight than watch Sir Richard Hadlee and Kapil Dev bowl, and in the recent times the duo of Steyn and Anderson if not better, come close to the legend’s of the 80’s.

Dale Steyn will surely hope to finish around 550-600 wickets by the time he finishes and it should be same for Anderson who should look at 550 odd wickets, but that is for the future.

Whether or not they finish with that tally, they will always occupy their place among the legends of the game.

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Signals used by Cricket Umpires

Famous Umpire Billy Bowden signalling OUT

Apart from the players, umpires are the most important person on the field. Not only do they have to make correct judgement on the appeals made by the players but they also have to keep working in-sync with the scorers. They do this by using signals. Almost every signal that an umpire makes means something which the scorer should keep track of.

Very often people fail to understand the signals made by the umpires. So, have tried to list down some common signals which are used by the umpires to convey their message to the scorers.

Call of Play :-

The umpire at the bowler’s end calls ‘Play’ to start the game or to resume the game after an interval or interruption. Before calling play he signals to the scorer with a raised hand to confirm the scorers are ready.


A player is declared out when the umpire signals with his raised index finger above his head. Usually umpire signals when there is an appeal for catch out, lbw, stumping. Bowlers don’t appeal in case a batsman is bowled, so a umpire does not raise his finger.


A wide ball is a delivery that is bowled too wide or high to a batsman, which cannot be met by a batsman standing in a normal guard position.

The umpire signals this by stretching his hands to his side horizontally, parallel to the ground.

No Ball

Both the on field umpires can give no ball.

If an umpire concludes that, a bowler has over stepped or broken the stumps in his delivery stride or the leg umpire thinks that the bowl delivered was met by the batsman above waist the umpire signals a No Ball.

An umpire signals a No Ball with one arm outstretched to his right or left, parallel to the ground.

Dead Ball

If the umpire considers the ball is no longer in play he signals this by crossing and uncrossing his wrists in front of him.


If a batsman hits the ball across the boundary, umpire signals a boundary by waving his hand back and forth in front of his chest or by waving his hand from side to side. Umpire can also signal a boundary in case the ball reaches the boundary as byes or leg byes. He will first signal if it is a bye or leg bye and then signal a four.


If a batsman clears the boundary, umpire signals a six by raising both hands above his head.


If the wicketkeeper fails to collect a legitimate delivery which is either left alone or was missed by a batsman and results in a run taken by the batsman, umpire signals a Bye by raising his one arm above his head with an open palm. If the ball reaches the boundary, umpire first signals a bye and then signals a boundary.

Leg Bye

If the batsman hits the ball other than his bat and results in a run, umpire signals a Leg Bye by tapping his raised knee.

Short Run

If a batsman fails to cross the opposite popping crease while turning for the next run, the umpire signals one short by touching his shoulder by the same hand’s fingers

Cancel Call or Change the earlier decision

If umpire finds himself in a situation where he needs to cancel his previous decision or change his earlier decision, he may do so my crossing his arms and touching both shoulders with opposite hands

Penalty Runs

There are numerous cases where the umpire may award penalty runs to batting side or bowling side.

Penalty runs awarded to the batting side is signalled by tapping the opposite shoulder.

Penalty runs awarded to the bowling side is signalled by holding the opposite shoulder.

Runs signalled if ball hits the helmet or any equipment kept by the fielding side

When a ball hits the helmet, cap or pads placed by the fielding side, the umpire signals dead ball and then signals with his open hand and fingers expanded.

So next time you see  a gentleman standing in the middle raises his arms in the air after a Gayle hit don’t think of it as his surrender to Gayle but a signal to scorers to record a six :)

Next week we will try to add some more signals which are used by the umpires.

by Vinay Yadav