LBW is the acronym for ‘leg before wicket’ and it is one of the modes of dismissals in cricket, or in much simpler terms, it is one of the ways by which a batsman gets out.
Now, this mode of dismissal is not as direct or clear to the eyes as other modes of dismissals like bowled, caught out, run out, and so on, because there is a checklist that needs to be ticked before a batsman is given out lbw.
For someone who is new to the world of cricket, or someone who is not completely aware of all the boxes that need to be ticked in an lbw decision, it may get confusing to figure out when and how a batsman is given lbw out for almost whenever the ball hits the any of the two legs of the batsman, the bowler and the fielding team appeals to the umpire and sometimes the umpire declares out and sometimes declares not out.
Here in this article, is going to be detailed information related to all the things about this rather cryptic mode of dismissal called ‘LBW’.
The 3 criteria for lBW
For a batsman to get out LBW, 3 criteria need to be fulfilled:
- Pitching in line/outside off
- The impact
- Hitting wickets
So, there is a ‘50% rule’ in each of the 3 criteria mentioned above.
- ‘For Pitching in line/outside off criterion – This means when the ball touches the pitch, the ball must not touch the pitch outside the leg stump of the batsman by more than 50% of its size. Either the ball should land on the off side of the batsman or in line of the wickets or by less than 50% outside the leg stump.
- The impact criterion is about the immediate point of contact between the ball and the batsman’s leg, which must be ‘in line with the wicket. That is more than 50% of the ball size has to be in line with the wicket at the point of contact with the batsman’s leg.
- For wicket hitting – The ball must go on to hit the wicket had the ball not hit the leg of the batsman and more than 50% of the ball has to be hitting the wicket.
If according to the on-field umpire, all the 3 conditions are met, that is the ball is pitching outside off or in line with the wicket by more than 50%, and the impact is in line with the wicket by more than 50%, and more than 50% of the ball should go on to hit the wicket, then the umpire will give the batsman out lbw.
Now, the batsman, if he wants can review the decision taken by the umpire, a detailed guide to the decision review system has been covered in this article.
That’s all that goes behind the lbw rule in cricket, here are top the 10 bowlers who took the most wickets as lbw –
Most wickets as LBW in cricket (Combined Test, ODI, and T20I cricket)
|Sl. No.||Bowler||Country||Span||Matches||Total Wickets||Total Wickets as LBW||% of Wickets as LBW|
|1||Muttiah Muralitharan||Sri Lanka||1992 – 2011||495||1347||216||16.03%|
|2||Wasim Akram||Pakistan||1984 – 2003||460||916||211||23.03%|
|3||Anil Kumble||India||1990 – 2008||403||956||210||21.96%|
|4||Shane Warne||Australia||1992 – 2007||339||1001||186||18.58%|
|5||Waqar Younis||Pakistan||1989 – 2003||349||789||183||23.19%|
|6||Chaminda Vaas||Sri Lanka||1994 – 2009||439||761||171||22.47%|
|7||Glenn McGrath||Australia||1993 – 2007||376||949||161||16.96%|
|8||Kapil Dev||India||1978 – 1994||356||687||152||22.12%|
|9||Shaun Pollock||South Africa||1995 – 2008||423||829||145||17.49%|
|10||Daniel Vettori||New Zealand||1997 – 2015||442||705||140||19.85%|
FAQs on LBW
Who has taken the most lbw wickets in cricket?
Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the most lbw wickets in cricket – 216
What are the criteria for an lbw out?
There are 3 criteria- pitching in line/outside off, impact, and wickets hitting.