10 Basic Rules Of Cricket Which You Must Know

We all know that Cricket was invented by Britishers and it was widely adapted in all the colonial areas of the world. However, India gave cricket the much needed popularity due to its huge craze where it is worshipped as a religion. Now in the 2024, Cricket is slowly started to moving towards a global sports as many new developed countries of Western and European countries started to play.

Furthermore, Many new people are showing interest in knowing the rules of cricket and some find it quite difficult to understand the basic rules of cricket. No worries, I got you.

These are the 10 basic and simple rules of Cricket which can help you to understand this sport more profoundly and can help you to fall in love with this amazing sport of 11 players.

Note- All these following rules are for those who are just started to follow cricket and wanted to know some simplest cricket rules.

10 Basic Rules Of Cricket

1) Wide Ball

Wide ball rule in cricket.

If you are interested to know about basic cricket rules, then off course you will going to encounter the word ‘wide ball’ very frequently in every cricket match.

The rule of Wide Ball in cricket simply means that a bowler cannot bowl too away than the batsman with the intention of not leaking runs. Furthermore, It adds one extra run to the opposition team scorecard.

Moreover, If a bower tries to bowl more than 0.90 metres away from the point where batsman stands before the start of the delivery, then the Umpire will spread his both arms in the air which symbols the wide ball.

2) Leg Before Wicket (LBW)

LBW rule of cricket

Many of you might already heard the term ‘LBW’ which refers to the Leg Before Wicket and some of you guys may find it bit confusing to know how a batsman is given out when a ball hits the pads of the batsman.

In simple words, When a batsman unable to play delivery of the bowler and then the ball hits the batsman’s front or back pad it is said to be leg before wicket.

Exceptional Cases of LBW 

pitching outside the leg stump

  • Not every time batsman will be given out if ball hits the pad, if a bowler bowls a delivery and it pitch outside the leg stump line, it will be given not out.
  • Also, If the impact of ball and pads is outside the off-stump, it will be given not-out as well.

If these 2 cases are not involved, then a batter will be given out as a Leg before wicket.

3) No-Balls

There is a simple rule in life which says that we should always the follow our limit, be it speed limit on the road or the amount of food you eat, everything remains good as long as one is in the limit.

No ball rule cricket

Likewise in cricket, Bowler also has to be in his bowling crease while bowling. If a bowlers crosses the bowling crease line it will be called as a No-Ball. Therefore, A bowler should always be in his bowling crease without crossing his limit.

If umpire raise his right hand 90 degree/horizontally to his body, then it is a symbol of No-Ball bowled by a bowler.

No ball signal umpire

No- Ball not only gives a extra run to the batting team but also gives a free-hit delivery, which literally means batsman will be given not out even if he gets out in the free-hit delivery.

Exceptional Case of Free-hit ball

No doubt, Batsman can smash as hard as he can in the free-hit ball because he knows that he will be given not out even it gets bowled, catc, LBW.

But, Run-out will be given as out even if the ball is free hit. This is something you must remember to avoid any confusion during the game.

4) Over

In cricket, Over is referred to set of six legal deliveries bowled by a bowler. If a bowler bowls wides, and no balls then those deliveries would not be count in a over, it must be six perfect deliveries.

In T20 cricket, A bowler has the limit to bowl maximum 4 overs and ODI cricket allows 10 overs to bowl in a match. Whereas in Test cricket bowler can bowl as long as he wants to, as there is not limit in test matches.

5) Hit Wicket

How Hit Wicket rule in cricket works.

Although there are multiple ways from which a batsman can be given out, but Hit wicket is the worst way of getting out as it does not involves any contribution from opposition team.

While batting, if a batsman goes deep inside his batting crease and try to hit the ball, and unknowingly he hits the stumps with his bat or legs after playing a stroke is known as Hit wicket.

However, it is a rare situation where you can witness any player being out by Hit wicket but still it is important and basic rule of cricket which you should note it down in your mind.

6) Short-Run 

Short run in cricket

One legal run would be counted only if the both batsmen crosses the batting crease line, but while running for two or three runs sometimes batsmen does not crosses their bat through the line due to hurry, which leds to deduct one run and it will be called as Short Run.

Most of the time there would be very small margin which batsmen unknowingly forget to cross the line but in cricket these small margins plays huge role in deciding the result of the game.

7) Third Umpire 

Third umpire rule in cricket.

There are many instance where players thinks that the decision given by the umpire on the ground is incorrect, therefore to counter the false decision of ground umpire, there is a another umpire sitting in front of T.V screen who is referred as Third Umpire.

The main role of Third Umpire is to declare the correct decision by using the technology provided to the Third umpire on a screen  from all the camera angles of the ground.

This 7th basic rule of cricket helps both the Batsman and bowlers as they can ask for third umpire review during the game, if one thinks that the decision given by ground umpire is completely wrong.

8) Mankading Out

The meaning of mankading rule in cricket.

Undoubtedly Mankading is one of the most controversial rule of cricket as it raises questions regarding the spirit of the game whenever a player does mankad out.

It is the situation when the batsman on Non-striker end, means bowling end crosses his crease before the bowlers bowls a delivery and in that timeframe if a bowler hits the stumps of Non-Striker end, then the batsman will be called out as Mankading.

It is clearly written in rule book of the cricket, that Mankading is allowed in the match yet some fans and cricket experts raises the questions that it is against the spirit of the cricket.

9) Powerplay 

what is powerplay in cricket and how does it work.


The term ‘Powerplay’ in cricket refers to restriction of fielders in which the fielding team can only place its two fielder outside the 30 yards circle. The powerplay rule in cricket is mainly formulated for batters, so that they can play big shots in initial stage of the match.

In a T20 match, The powerplay will be only for 6 overs out of 20 overs, whereas in 50 overs format there is 2 powerplay of 10-10 overs each. 1st powerplay is from 0-10 overs and 2nd is from 40-50 overs in ODI match.

Interesting thing is, the powerplay does not exist in test cricket. It means the fielding team can set their players however they wants from the very first ball of the game.

10) DLS Method

DLS Rule of cricket.

Have you ever thought how the result of the game will be going to decide if the rain interrupts the cricket match? That’s where the Duckworth Lewis Method takes places which also known as DLS or Rain Method.

If a team scored 200 runs in first inning, and then in the 2nd innings the rains comes as a guest, then target of 200 runs will be reduced according to the remaining overs.

It is actually a very complicated rule to understand as it includes so many if and but and calculations to decide the revised the target.

Which is the most controversial rule of cricket?

Mankading out is the most controversial rule of cricket and it raises questions about the integrity and spirit of the cricket.

How many runs can a batsman run?

There is no specific limit on the amount of run a batsman can run. There are many instances in test cricket that the batsman ran for 4 runs in one ball.