Like in many sports there are often many silly and random rules you might not be aware of. Here is a list of the top 9 rules in cricket that you might not know about:

1. A catch can also be given as not out

If a fielder while trying to take a catch, fumbles the ball it and it hits another body part but then he re-catches it, we know that is out. However if while fumbling the ball the ball touches the player’s hat or helmet it can be declared not out. This is because if this becomes a method of getting players out, there is a fear players will begin to catch the ball with their helmets or caps.

2. Double bat

A batsman can be declared out if he ‘deliberately’ strikes the ball more than once.

3. LBW or should it be BBW?

The term LBW (leg before wicket) should actually be called BBW (body before wicket) because the batsman is declared out if the ball makes contact with the body of the batsman, not just when the ball touches the leg. The only essential is that the body needs to be positioned directly in front of the stumps. A well-known example of this call is the odd LBW decision on Tendulkar by Darrel Hair.

5. Ariel stoppage causes a dead ball

Tech can be both a great advantage and also sometimes a hindrance. If the ball hits the spider cam which moves over the ground, then the ball is considered ‘dead’ even if the ball was definitely going to be caught or hit for six if it had not hit the camera.

6. Play in the right spirit of the game

When a batsman has been called ‘out’, the fielding team’s captain can withdraw the appeal with approval from the umpire. This demonstrates that the spirit of the game is not gone.

7. Penalty rule

If the ball touches the helmet of the wicket keeper “kept on the ground despite the force it touches the helmet” – it is called as a penalty, and the batting team then receives a bonus five runs.

8. Dead ball #2

This is another odd rule. Say the batting side need 1 or 2 runs off the last ball. The batsman hits the ball, and it’s headed for the boundary, however, if the batsmen complete their first run before the ball hits the boundary then in that case only a single run will be counted towards the batting side, and not the boundary even if it eventually hits the ropes.

9. Fielding restrictions – interesting back story

As a result of the controversial Bodyline series when the English bowlers were instructed to bowl at the bodies of the then, Don Bradman’s side a new rule was put in place that only allowed two fielders to be positioned between ‘90 degrees anticlockwise from square leg’. This ensures that these same tactics do not become common in cricket.