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The Rules of Cricket – EXPLAINED!

September 7, 2019

Ninh explains, the Rules of Cricket.
The object of the game is for your team to score more runs than the opposing team.
Teams are made up of 11 players, with one substitute in case of injury.
At the beginning of the game, a coin toss is used to determine who bats first.
The fielding team will put all 11 players on the field, whilst the batting team will
send out two batsmen. Batsmen always work in pairs, and a batsman
cannot bat alone. The batsmen’s job is to score runs and defend
their wickets. These wickets are three wooden stumps with
two wooden bails resting on top of them. They try and hit the ball away from the wickets,
and to run to their partner’s crease. If a batsman hits the ball and both men safely
run to the opposite crease, this scores one run.
If a bowler bowls the ball high, wide or throws a no–ball (an illegal bowl), this automatically
scores one run. If the batsman hits the ball along the floor
and it reaches the boundary, this scores four runs automatically without running.
And if the batsman hits the ball in the air and it goes over the boundary, this scores
six automatic runs. This is the highest scoring play in cricket. It’s the job of the fielding team to get
the batsmen out of the game. The fielding team can designate specific players
to bowl the ball towards the batsman. To bowl the ball, the ball must be bowled
overarm and be within the channel of play. In Cricket, there are 10 ways for a fielding
team to get you out. 1. Bowled out.
If the bowler bowls the ball and it hits the batsman’s wickets and knocks over the bails,
he’s been bowled out. 2. Caught Out
If the batsman hits the ball in the air and it’s caught by a fielder, he’s been caught
out. 3. Run Out
If the batsman runs for his partner’s crease and the ball is thrown into the wickets before
the batsman gets there, he’s been run out. 4. LBW (Leg before Wicket)
If the ball hits the batsman’s leg, and the umpire thinks that the ball would have
hit the wickets if his leg wasn’t in the way – he is ruled out by LBW – Leg Before
Wicket. 5. Stumped Out
If the batsman swings and misses the ball, the wicket keeper can catch the ball and push
the ball into the wickets. If this happens before the batsman can return to the crease,
he’s been stumped out. 6. Hit Wicket / Accidental Out
On the rarest of occasions, a batsman can get himself out or his own partner out by
accidentally hitting the wickets themselves. The other four ways to get out in Cricket
almost never happen in today’s game. These include
hitting the ball twice in one stroke, handling the ball,
obstructing a fielding player, or taking too long to take to the field Once a batsman is out, he is replaced by the
next batsmen in the batting teams line-up. Once 10 players are out, the players switch
sides so that the batsmen are now the fielders and vice versa.
The highest run total after both sides have had their turn to bat, wins. That’s basically the game in a nutshell,
but there’s a few other things you’ll need to understand.
A bowler must deliver 6 legal bowls to a batsman. Once 6 legal bowls have been played, this
is known as an over. Once an over is complete, a new bowler will
then try and get the other batsmen out by bowling the ball from the other side.
Once both teams have finished batting – this is known as an innings.
The amount of overs and innings vary depending on the format of cricket.
In T20 cricket, each team is given 20 overs, for one innings.
This game generally lasts about 3 hours. In One Day Cricket, each team is given 40
or 50 overs for one innings. As the name implies this game generally lasts
a day. In Test Cricket, there are no limits for overs
and the game ends theoretically when all batsmen are out, and is usually played for two innings.
This game can last anywhere up to 5 days and is the oldest (and longest) form of cricket.
If you’re new to Cricket, I highly recommend watching highlights of any Indian Premier
League Game to start out with. If you’re watching Cricket on TV, they’ll
conveniently tell you how many runs have been scored, how many batsmen are out, and they’ll
even tell you what the other team scored and how many runs are required. Cricket might seem like a slow game, but as
you watch or play it – the rules will become clear.
If you have found this video at all helpful, please comment, like, share and subscribe.
It takes me ages to make one of these things and good Karma is always appreciated.
If you’re also on Reddit, feel free to discuss this video there.
But in the meantime, Enjoy Cricket! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK


  • Reply Jana Dz July 15, 2019 at 9:37 am

    After disguising world cup finals boundary count, YouTube recommends me this 😒

  • Reply Atomcraft July 15, 2019 at 10:59 am

    If it's a one day match in a world cup final and the team's are tied at the end of regular play, a super over will be played. If the team's are still tied after the super over the team who scored the most boundaries during the match wins. Controversial.

  • Reply DK FALCON July 15, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Cricket came home atlast after football and rugby 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

  • Reply Nymul_YT July 15, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    So many americans are about to come and watch this video. The final game was trending #2 this morning in USA.

  • Reply Andrew Lees July 15, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    There are no rules in cricket. There are laws

  • Reply PGAC 22 July 15, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Eddie Gordo's theme from Tekken 3 as the back ground music 🤣 nice

  • Reply Muhammad Mirsab July 15, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Here after England winning the final 2019!

  • Reply Masror Ahmad sabbir July 16, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Its not popular all over the india play it very well

  • Reply Indrajeet Ghosalkar July 16, 2019 at 9:22 am

    You should also explain about two main types of bowlers : fast and spin bowlers. Especially Batting against fast bowlers who swing bowl in both ways and bowl at 100 miles per hour. Reaction time to bat against them is 200 ms (milliseconds) way smaller duration than baseball. Also they can knock your head by bowling bouncer which is a legal delivery just to intimidate batsman. Some people have died after getting hit by bouncers.

  • Reply Jack-oce Oce July 16, 2019 at 10:01 am


  • Reply bob smith July 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Such a stupid set of arbitrary nonsense. I hate baseball too, but at least baseball makes SOME sort of sense. This is just like a game made up 12-year-old would come up with for his stupid little game in the backyard with his dumbass friends, not a game that is actually played and taken seriously by fully grown men for their whole lives

  • Reply Ruben T July 16, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    You should explain the rules of indoor cricket.

  • Reply Nitro July 17, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Awesome Video. Just asking, do you follow cricket because I'm not sure of its popularity in the U.K

  • Reply Jesus Bernal July 17, 2019 at 2:28 am

    I started thinking this his a very good video, when suddenly I fell in love.

    I need to know who is the girl in the minute 3:58 even do I feel sorry because her team lose, I think.

  • Reply Noah Oceanic July 17, 2019 at 8:44 am

    So basically you got knocked over the sticks

  • Reply Sync.BAST10N July 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Also a way you can get out is hurt retired.
    The batsman gets hurt so badly he cannot continue his inning

  • Reply Ryan CJ July 17, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    1st time watching I didn’t really understand but 2nd time I do now so thanks

  • Reply Rahul Ash July 18, 2019 at 1:16 am

    I playing cricket at the age of 4 and what about you guys
    Edit: and now 19 is my age

  • Reply Shady Shae July 18, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    thanks for this, its clearer now.

  • Reply Neptune Ow July 19, 2019 at 5:12 am

    So where is the 2nd batter when one batter is batting? Is he throwing the Ball? Behind the wicket?

  • Reply Grant Marshall July 19, 2019 at 6:15 am

    You just explained that wonderfully.

  • Reply Micah Davidson July 19, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Good vid

  • Reply David Coxon July 19, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    LAWS of cricket there are no RULES.

  • Reply Sameer N July 20, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Cricket – Brain = Baseball

  • Reply Alejandro Ramírez Arango July 20, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Got a question. If the bowler delivieries the ball correctly and legal, and the batsman fails, and just swings but without touching the ball, and the wk catches the ball in the air, Is that an out?

  • Reply Her Fat Fies July 22, 2019 at 5:50 am

    The girl in the audience, what was she wording 😁

  • Reply Matt Fairbanks July 23, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I might have to watch this again because I didn't get it.

  • Reply Dim Bose July 24, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Me: Bye honey, I'm off to play cricket. See u in 5 days.

  • Reply Teiborlang phawa July 25, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I like the term fine leg in cricket 😜

  • Reply Ujjwal Kumar July 28, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Also If you hit more boundaries you have pretty good chance of winning the game even if scores are level.

  • Reply Ujjwal Kumar July 28, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    International t20 game of cricket between India and windies(previously west Indies) will be played in Florida on August 3 and 4.

  • Reply houstonsjoe July 29, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I thought cricket was an insect until now.

  • Reply Dylan Cotton July 31, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Cricket: "The game is too score more runs than the opposing team"
    CWC final 2019: Hold my bat

  • Reply Yiṣḥāq David August 1, 2019 at 1:36 am

    This game just seems ridiculous. Wickets lol

  • Reply KarlMB64 August 1, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Just getting into cricket in my more mature years, found this very helpful. Thank you

  • Reply Cold Snap August 1, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I honestly thought it was more convoluted than this.

  • Reply TheZadaShow August 3, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Great video and please watch my report: Could Cricket Bring Us Peace?

  • Reply Amelie Piggott August 4, 2019 at 11:26 am


  • Reply Dex J Neps August 5, 2019 at 12:57 am

    This is probably the best summary of Cricket I've ever come across. Btw nice use of the Eddy Gordo theme from Tekken 3 for the background music if I'm not mistaken.

  • Reply noria5770 August 11, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Do you know? Cricket has no rules.

    But it has laws.

  • Reply Adlu khan August 15, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Can you tell this in Hindi?

  • Reply Vito Spatafore August 17, 2019 at 7:07 am


  • Reply saint0120 August 19, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Thank you, that was very well explained for newbie like me

  • Reply Cian Dalrymple August 19, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Thank you so much see i am addicted to sports it might sound weird but i have lists and lists of sports id like to try and your channel is easily the most helpful. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply AlxxhYT August 19, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    If you win the toss you get the choice to bowl or bat.

  • Reply Rafti Tazbir August 20, 2019 at 1:00 am

    You did not mention the size of field and playing equipments.. Btw thanks for giving knowledge about this because as a cricket lover, i think this game needs to be viewed all over the world…

  • Reply Zone 1up August 21, 2019 at 1:55 am

    I love cricket and this was a quality explanation of the fantastic game.

    As you mentioned, IPL highlights are great introductions into cricket but personally, Test cricket can’t be beaten. It’s a patient game that is slow yet thrilling to watch. I hope this kind of video can change the attitude of some people who think cricket is only played by Indians and us Brits. Ever heard of the Ashes;)

  • Reply Binte Asad August 21, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Very helpful

  • Reply pmboston August 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Clear explanation. Still need to understand declarations in test cricket. Loving the game though. Now that I can watch it.😎

  • Reply Adam Matthews August 22, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    I unfortunately think I still dont fully understand how to play cricket.

  • Reply TokeTooMuch 420 August 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Yea, I'm American and was so confused and thought Cricket was very complex, it's really simple and now I know the rules is actually quite enjoyable.

  • Reply thatGUY cmk August 25, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Just watched the ashes game3 think im a future fan of the gqme now

  • Reply Tim Patz August 27, 2019 at 12:38 am

    this has made what seems like a very complicated game into something that i might be able to follow.
    in other words, good job

  • Reply Mike's Dead Formats August 27, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Thank you. Seems very interesting now that I understand the rules.

  • Reply Amey Rane August 27, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Now make a video on rules of gully cricket. I'm Damn sure, u will forget all those international rules. 😂😂😂

  • Reply Allied Atheist Alliance August 29, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Ah Cricket, the worst of the many evils spread by the British Empire.

  • Reply prashant sharma August 29, 2019 at 11:26 am

    After reading the comments i would like to advice the guy who made this video to make one more video about the other things about cricket like powerplays , types of bowler,{ pace or spin and its variety } name of cricket shots like pull , drive, hook or cut. Or bowling terms like full touch , yorker, short piched , legspin etc. That will help Cricket to spread in the hearts of AMERICANS and Canadian as they seems to be most interested in the game

  • Reply Jack Daniels August 30, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Well done. Thanks!

  • Reply Ghastly_Grinner August 31, 2019 at 10:44 am

    This really sounds like something a bunch of drunk 9 year olds would come up with

  • Reply cranberra September 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for the video! Made it much clearer already. Just a tiny feedback: If it would have bin a bit slower, it would have been even better. Especially for people who aren't native English speakers. Thank you 🤗

  • Reply HappyMeNeha 123 September 2, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Wow….. you explained so clearly .. thanks

  • Reply Arzoo Sharma September 6, 2019 at 7:45 am

    For anyone who wants to know just how much popular this game is I recommend you watch Cricket fever on Netflix

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