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28 February 2011

IIC International Cricket Council Glossary: What is a ‘Dot Ball’

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What is a ‘Dot Ball’

What is ‘Dot Ball’…? The answer is not that simple because ‘Dot Ball’ is not any penalty it is rather a commendation tag attached to the bowler’s statistics. A delivery from a bowler to a batsman out of which the batsman fails to score any run is called a ‘Dot Ball’. This terminology has been adapted by the ICC  in 2003 and was first introduced  at Newlands Stadium in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 that was eventually won by West Indies. 

The introduction of ‘Dot Ball’ in the cricket statistical data will encourage effective bowling. The aim of bowling is to ball-out the batsman and at the same time the bowler has to restrict the batsman from scoring runs. As such, the balls bowled by the bowlers that do not let the batsman score any run, are definitely worth recognizing and now such balls have been designated as ‘Dot Balls’, to be further added to their achievement statistics.  

Two South African cricket fans Scholtz and Bramley displayed placards in a cricket match on 3 April 2002 at Durban, depicting ‘Dot Balls’ as big black dots on  yellow posters. They raised these placards on each ball bowled that did not yield any runs.  These placards received an unprecedented recognition from the crowd in the stadium inclusive of the ICC authorities. Subsequently the entire stadium started applauding and cheering each ‘Dot Balls’ played in the match. 


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- Harish Jharia

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