Cricket Umpire Signals

Updated on: May 25, 2023 12:05 pm IST

Cricket Umpire Signals

Cricket Umpire Signals can be confusing at begining. It’s fair to say that cricket is a complicated game with plenty of rules. But once one understands all the rules, it’s one of the most entertaining sports.

Cricket Umpire Signals

For maintaining the rules and decorum of the games, umpires play a crucial role. Let’s take a look at Cricket Umpire Signals.

1. OUT

Out signal comes into play when the batsman is dismissed. The batsman can get out in as many as 10 ways. In this cricket umpire signal, the umpire raises his hand and lifts his index finger to show that the batsman is out.

2. No Ball 

If a bowler puts his step outside the popping crease while bowling then it is termed as No ball. Also, when the bowler bowls above the waist delivery or exceeds the limit of short balls then it is also called a no-ball. In this umpire holds his arm at 90 degrees angle in a horizontal way and signals no-ball.

3. Free hit 

Free Hit comes into play when the bowler bowls a no-ball. The delivery after the no-ball is given as a free hit and the batsman cannot get out on that. The cricket umpire signals this by rolling his fingers over his head.

4. Wide 

The umpire signals a wide ball by putting both his hands at 90 degrees in a horizontal way. Wide is considered as an illegal delivery in game cricket. When a bowler bowls a ball outside the white line at the batting end of the crease it is considered wide. This cricket umpire signal is most common.

cricket umpire signals

5. Four 

When the ball crosses the boundary rope by bouncing at least once it’s called four. Umpire signals this by waving his hand in front of his waist or chest.

6. Six 

When the ball crosses the boundary rope without bouncing it’s called six. Umpire signals this by lifting both his hands up.

7. Byes and leg byes 

The batting team gets the advantage of byes and leg byes. It is given when the ball doesn’t hit the bat or when it touches the batsmen’s body part and goes for runs. The cricket umpire signals this by raising one hand. In leg byes, the umpire first touches his legs and then signals byes.

8. Dead Ball 

A dead ball is something that rarely happens in cricket. It comes into effect when a ball bounces more than once on the pitch or when the ball touches the camera wire. The cricket umpire signals this by crossing and uncrossing his hands 2-to 3 times.

9. Revoke decision 

Revoking of decision comes into play when the DRS call is overturned. The TV umpires then signal the on-field umpire to change his decision. The cricket umpire on the field then signals to change his decision. It is signalled by crossing both hands on the shoulders.

10. New Ball 

New ball rules come into play during the Test matches. When the fielding side takes a new ball the cricket umpire signals that by lifting the ball and showing it to both the batting and bowling side.

11. Short-run 

Short-run comes into effect when batsman fails to complete a run and goes for the second run with his bat ahead of the crease in the first run. Cricket umpire signals that by tapping his shoulder with his fingers.

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