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Of or pertaining to any organized, competitive, entertaining, and skillful activity or game requiring commitment, strategy, and fair play, in which a winner can be defined by objective means within a specified set of rules.

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A batsman who plays defensively rather than trying to score.


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A batsman's innings. A batsman who makes a high score in an innings can be said to have had a "good knock".

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A batsmen or batting team having their run-making restricted by the bowling side.


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A belter of a pitch is a pitch offering advantage to the batsman.


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This was introduced by the ICC in 2005 to try to spruce up the middle overs of one-day internationals by enforcing the bowling side to take three blocks of overs in which they ...

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A bouncer on or just outside off-stump that passes within inches of the batsman's face. So called because the ball is supposedly close enough to the batsman's face that he can ...


Sports; Cricket

A bowler is said to 'have the hoodoo' on a batsman when they have got them out many times in their career. (See rabbit II.)