The Rules of Cricket – EXPLAINED!

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


  • Reading the comments it seems many people have experienced what I have. Why is it that cricketers never explain the game to none cricketers? Never happened to me. Not even my own father has ever explained it to me.

  • How much beer and food can you sell in a 5 dasy game ? This is a gold mine !

  • Katrina Kriess

    Who's here after watching Lagaan?

  • A.F.C Fylde Fan

    I play cricket and understand all the rules so I don’t know why I watched this but it was fun haah

  • Wonderfully explained video 👌🏻👌🏻

  • Great video! I learned a lot

  • Qingdao Explorer

    Eddy Gordo wins.

  • They're not rules, they're laws.

  • It's so similar to baseball


  • Gimbitzs Everything

    Are there any channels in the US that broadcast Cricket I would love to watch it

  • Rebecca Dodson

    Ahhh, now I understand. Thank you for making it so easy to understand.

  • wait, so whats a gully?

  • thanks! I can finally understand how the game works. 🙂

  • 5/10 Cricket Countdown

    We're in final lads!
    Let's win it.

  • what happens if you like bowl really short or just roll it on the ground can it only bounce once

  • Great video!! Explained very well!
    I believe I can watch a game of cricket now and understand what’s going on at a basic level. I’m still unclear on how many “innings” there are in a game. In American baseball there are 9 “innings” with each team batting once and fielding once each inning. Am I correct in thinking that in cricket there is only one or two “innings”?
    Also, how many times can a batter hit the ball before he has to stop?

  • william Harwood

    I know all of these rules… why am I watching this

  • Don't confuse them with the field positions though lol

  • Sharon Steinecke

    Thanks. What a great explaination of the game of Cricket.

  • Poly Hexamethyl

    Great video, well explained, much appreciated!

  • Understanding Cricket : Summary

    1. A play between 2 Teams, 11 players each side.

    2. One team bats while the other has to Bowl/Field. Fielding or bowling are same and synonymous (i.e. one player of the bowling side bowls at a time and rest of the players field/protect the batting side from scoring runs in the ground).

    3. The batting phase of any team is called as an INNING and in an inning the aim of the batting team is to score the numbers on board without losing any wickets( these numbers are called as RUNS that are scored by running in between the wickets on the two sides of the pitch). The batting side has to take special care of the wickets while scoring runs as they have only 10 wickets (number of players batting) to lose. A wicket falls for the batting side when one of the two batsmen on either side gets OUT. Then, the OUT batsman has to be replaced by the next one.

    4. The maximum number of balls that a bowler can bowl consecutively to a batsman is limited to 6. That is, a set of 6 balls thrown consecutively to the batsman is called as an OVER. When a bowler is done with throwing 6 balls to the batsman, he is said to have completed his one over. The most popular CRICKET format is the 50 OVERS match. Each of the two teams get 50 overs to bat (50 x 6 = 300 balls per side)

    5. The aim of the bowling side is to get the batsman out of the field. There are certain rules for that:

    # CLEAN BOWLED OUT => If the bowler throws a ball that hits the stumps/wickets behind the batsman, the batsman is OUT.

    #CATCH OUT => if the bowler throws a ball to the batsman and the batsman hit the ball in the air which eventually gets caught up in the air (before touching the ground) by a fielder/or the bowler himself, the batsman is OUT.

    #LbW OUT => if the bowler throws a ball to the batsman and the ball gets stopped from hitting the stumps/wickets due the legs of the batsman coming in front of the stump/wicket. (this is called LbW OUT or Leg before the Wicket OUT)

    # RUN OUT => while the batsmen are running between the wickets to score the runs and suddenly any fielder/or the bowler himself hits the stumps/wicket before the batsman touches the crease, the batsman who falls short of reaching the crease is said to be RUN OUT. (Crease = the white line on the either sides of the pitch)

    # STUMPS OUT => Behind every batsman on the striking end, there are wickets and behind the wickets there is one fielder appointed by the bowling side called as "wicket keeper". The wicket keepers aim is to catch the ball in the air after it touched the bat of the batsman or there is one other way he can simply Blow the stumps/wickets in front of him while the batsman's legs are out of the crease (i.e. the white line). If the wicket keeper is successful in blowing the stumps off while the batsman is out of crease, the batsman is OUT.

    # HIT WICKET OUT => While playing a shot/stroke on the ball coming from the bowlers end, if the batsman unknowingly hits the wicket behind him, the batsman is declared HIT WICKET OUT.

    6. In an inning, the batting side puts up a score on board.
    For example: 123/6 in 50 overs, it implies that the batting side has put up a score of 123 runs with the loss of 6 wickets (in a span of total 50 overs bowled by the bolwing side) . In other words, we can say that the batting side scored 123 runs in total but 6 of their batsmen got out.

    7. Now, the game reverses, that is, the bowling side has to bat and in turn the batting side have to bowl and they have to defend the total they have scored on board.

    8. The aim of the the bowling team which has just came up to bat is to chase the target given by the opponent with 10 wickets in hand (i. e. they have 10 players to bat)

    For example: The batting side made a total of 123 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. In order to win this match, the other team have to reach the target of 124 runs in total without losing the 10 wickets. If they failed to reach 124 runs and lost all 10 wickets, the other side wins by the difference of runs scored by both teams.

    9. vice versa, the aim of the other team is to get the 10 batsmen of the other team out before they chase the set target (which is 124 in this case)

    hope it will clear your basics. cheers!!

  • daimon hellstrom

    I'm even more confused now

  • This is a good explanation – especially on the scoring. I never understood when they reported results or "overs" before.

  • Anyone else here becuase England is in the final?

  • Nehru Nagalingam

    Thanks! Newbie to the game

  • Cristal clear, at last!! Thanks 😀

  • Thank you

  • Yep, I'm an idiot – still no clue.

  • Benjamin Alexander

    England won the cricket world cup for the first time, Great.

  • Maybe I should watch this sober lmao

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • There are no rules in cricket. There are laws

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

  • Muhammad Mirsab

    Here after England winning the final 2019!

  • Masror Ahmad sabbir

    Its not popular all over the india play it very well

  • Indrajeet Ghosalkar

    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.

  • 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

  • You should explain the rules of indoor cricket.

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

  • 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.

  • So basically you got knocked over the sticks

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

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

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

  • thanks for this, its clearer now.

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

  • You just explained that wonderfully.

  • Good vid

  • LAWS of cricket there are no RULES.

  • Cricket – Brain = Baseball

  • Alejandro Ramírez Arango

    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?

  • The girl in the audience, what was she wording 😁

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

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

  • Teiborlang phawa

    I like the term fine leg in cricket 😜

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

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

  • I thought cricket was an insect until now.

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

  • Yiṣḥāq David

    This game just seems ridiculous. Wickets lol

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

  • I honestly thought it was more convoluted than this.

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

  • helpful

  • 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.

  • Do you know? Cricket has no rules.

    But it has laws.

  • Can you tell this in Hindi?

  • wat

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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…

  • 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;)

  • Very helpful

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • Mike's Dead Formats

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

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

  • Allied Atheist Alliance

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

  • 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

  • Well done. Thanks!

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

  • 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 🤗

  • Wow….. you explained so clearly .. thanks

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

  • Thanks bro this is a great summary!!!

  • eh that was all gobbledegook

  • Thank you so much for this video. I've recently become interested in non-native US sports (hockey, football, cricket), and seriously want to understand and enjoy them. This helped immensely!

  • Missed Stood On Wicket – that still happens but otherwise probably one of the best videos explaining the basics for beginners

  • Cheeky

  • Lasher Squirrel Slayer

    I hoping for Matt Smith experience…always seen Cricket but never ever bothered to learn the rules. Today I change that!

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