How do cricket players score?

The standard score in cricket is the Run.

In cricket, a run is typically scored when the two batsmen successfully run down the pitch and "make their ground" beyond the far popping crease. Both batsmen must complete this maneuver for the run to count otherwise will be disallowed as a "short run" Batsmen may make as many runs as they feel they can safely do without running the risk of being "run out" while outside their ground. Credit for the runs goes to whoever was "on strike" (hitting the ball) at that point.

In addition to the standard run, runs may be awarded for several other reasons:

  • If a batsman hits the ball to the boundary, he scores four runs without needing to run. If he hits over the boundary on the full, it is six runs instead.
  • If a bowler makes an improper (no ball) or unreachable (wide) delivery, the umpire will force the bowler to deliver again and award one run to the batting team as a penalty.
  • Certain violations of the rules call for the umpire to award penalty runs (typically five) to the offended team. This can happen, for example, if a hit ball hits a loose piece of equipment (such as a helmet) on the field.