LBW stands for(leg before wicket).The term was first coined in cricket to describe an umpire’s decision. when a fielder appeal for a catch that turn down. Because of an edge or blade from the batsman bat or pad.

It is one of the few cricket terms that is unique in both its spelling and wording. As far as cricket is concerned. LBW is illustrate as ‘A catch not out when the ball that is to be caught. or hit by a fielder strikes the wicket’.

Use of leg before wicket in cricket.

The cricket pundits and bowlers are uses the LBW terminology since time immemorial. It’s notice that when a bowler’s delivery was going to hit the wicket. or pad of the batsman and bounced in his hand. but was deflected away before striking the wicket. That batsman was given out LBW. Also, for a batter to be out LBW it is necessary that the ball would have hit the bat. and a bat would have touched the bat after landing on the ground.

The term is commonly use in cricketing circles. To describe a batsman’s decision to leave a delivery outside his off stump. A batsman when he is out LBW. Often leaves his bat in a folded position. In this position the bat acts as a pad that protects the arm from the movement of the ball. And the ball must make a sharp impact and come to a complete stop in order to be LBW.

This terminology is not unique to cricket. and can be observe in bowling discussions. And decisions across several sports. Also, this is not a cricket debate, and applies to batsmen and bowlers, playing various forms of cricket. I wonder why most sports analysts in cricket do not use this terminology. as it is most commonly used in cricketing circles.

pitching impact of LBW

They tend to refer to the batsman as LBW in writing or from the sidelines of a field in a manner. that often makes the decision to LBW come across as farcical. They say ‘the ball struck his bat or pad in the middle of the bat. or the batsman ‘hit it in the wicket’ or ‘it pitched in the middle of his wicket’. Such phrases by commentators are simply irrelevant. By using this terminology they end up confusing viewers and fans. And imply that the batsman was either unlucky or a bad player who must have made a bad decision.

I wonder if any commentator uses the word LBW. To describe any decisions in cricket that have been upheld. Perhaps this is an issue that is unique to cricket. and cricket analysts should be more aware of it and make the required changes. To the way they discuss cricket.


This situation is akin to asking a fast bowler for an leg before wicket decision. when he has pitched a ball. In the area of a batsman’s stumps. But has turned it out of the hand. and struck his wicket. In the previous paragraph I said that such an incident is rare. and unlikely to happen. My argument was made to explain. how unlikely it is that the bowler would have targeted a batsman. Aiming a delivery to the exact spot of the wicket. And made a bad decision. Since the speed and trajectory of the ball may not have been high. And sharp enough. for the batsman to make a sound decision in the midst of his scream. such a decision would have come as a surprise to a viewer and an audience.

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