Sunday, February 19, 2006

Street Cricket

Talking of cricket, I found an interesting entry for "Street Cricket" in wiki. This is for people who have played street cricket in the lanes and by-lanes of our very own Madras, Chennai city.


"Street Cricket is also known for its usage of amusing terms, a few of which are given below. Most of the terms here, which are attributed to a Tamil etymology, are in fact closer to Madras Bashai.
Etymology English - The most funny reference to a batsman being 'Retired Hurt'. [Derived from: hurt retired]
All - reals..first ball
Etymology English - This indicates the start of the match. Usually the batsman prefer to play "dokku".
Etymology English(Howzzat!!) - Appeal to Umpire for out (run out, catch, etc)
Baby Over
Etymology English - When a bowler has no hopes of completing his over with lots of wides and no balls he is substituted by a better bowler and the over is called a Baby over (usually lasting 3 balls), Baby because the first bowler was very amateur
Ball Right
Etymology English - When a umpire/batsman declares a wide ball, bowler uses this term to say that the ball was not a wide. Typically happens because umpires are from the batting teams.
Ball Up
Etymology English - When the ball is beyond the reach of the fielders and external assistance from pedestrians or motorists is required then this call of duty is used to hail any help to retrieve the ball.
Etymology Tamil - The slang word used if a team unfairly cheats the other team while playing.
The street cricket version of our conventional runner who runs if a batsman is hurt or cant run properly
Chain Over
Etymology English - When a bowler bowls two continuous overs. Typically happens when captains fail to calculate correctly the number of overs in the absence of electronic score cards
Common Fielding
Etymology English - Due to lack of number of fielders, it is possible that people from batting team who are not actually doing batting have to field or do wicket keeping or for that matter even umpiring
Etymology English - The unique and distinctive way of getting a batsman run out. When a batsman attempts a dangerous run, He could be run out by any of the fielders who just need to hold the ball in hand and land their feet on the stone at the bowlers end.
Etymology English - Here the batsman has to run if the ball hits the bat.
Etymology English - Same as 'Granted'.
Etymology Unknown - A derogatory term for a defensive shot. Typically a batsman is discouraged from playing such shots because of the constraints of less number of overs and because everyone in the team needs to have a fair amount of gaaji
Double Gaaji
Etymology Unknown - An exceptional scenario wherein a batsman can bat twice if there are a shortage of players in the side.
Double - side batsman
Etymology English - When the total number of players is odd, one player is declared as Double-side batsman. Typically this person keeps the wicket and will not be allowed to bowl.
Double - side out
Etymology English - This means that only a single batsman is running and can be out when thrown at either end, immaterial of which end he runs to.
Etymology Tamil - Same as 'Erradhu',but to play defensive shots. Exactly opposite in the literal sense!
Etymology Tamil - Stepping out of the crease, to play offensive shots.
Full Cover
Etymology English - A situation where in a batsmen is taking a half stump guard thereby covering the complete stumps from the view of the bowler. Since street cricket typically do not have a LBW it is very difficult to get a batsman out, if he covers the stump fully
Full fast
Etymology English - Since street cricket pitches are a few yards long, a ball which is thrown with full pace and energy is considered a no ball as it will be impossible to handle such pace with short distance
Etymology English(Fast Appeal) - Same as 'full fast' when the batsman appeals for the ball to be disregarded since it was fast. Controversial term since it invariably comes into play when the batsman plays a 'Sothai' shot and ends up getting bowled or caught and resorts to Fashtapeeel.
Etymology Unknown - The Indian reference for an 'innings'. It is a well known fact that captains of street cricket teams always prefer to bat first irrespective of conditions.
Gaaji mannan
Etymology Unknown - Literally means king of 'innings'. Used to denote a batsman who wastes away deliveries, focussing on playing out deliveries, rather than playing for the team's cause.
Etymology English - A Good over. Also said when a maiden over is bowled.
Etymology English - When a batsman hits a reasonable distance from which fetching the ball back is slightly difficult due to technical difficulties already mentioned (like vehicle crossing a road, presence of a thorny bush etc) , teams agree that a fixed number of runs are GRANTED. Usually, "1G", "2G" etc, indicating the number of runs granted.
Half - Crease
Etymology English - Half way down the distance between the two creases. If the 'Double - Side out' rule is not used in case of a 'last man gaaji', then half crease is used to determine which end is the danger end is closer to the batsman, if one needs to run him out. The batsman is out only of he is runout on the end he is closer to.
Hit the bats after each ball (no term used)
This is the usual practice followed by the batsmen in the middle. This gives little time to take breath and also signal for a quick singal (single) in the next ball. The best part is even if they dont want to discuss anything, they still need to hit the bats. If they miss or doesn't do it properly, they have to come back and make sure that they hit properly. Nice practice
Joker/Uppukuchappa(Etymology TAMIL- oppuku chappaani)
The odd man who doesnt get to be in either of the teams. He gets to bat twice, but has to field twice, & doesnt get to bowl. It could also be someone who wants to join the game when it has already started.
Poor fielding resulting in a ball slipping through or worse still a catch being dropped.
Kattai/Kattai Podradhu
Same as Dokku...Wasting overs by playing non-scoring shots.
When there is a mismatch in the number of players, the team having lesser number of persons is provided a kichan, i.e., any person from the team can bat again.
Etymology Tamil - When the bowler is hitting the deck hard.
La Ball
Etymology English - Last ball of an over.Also other derivatives available viz. La One , La Two to refer to the last but 1 ball, last but 2 balls.
Last Man Gaaji
Etymology partly english - A scenario where the last man who is not out with all wickets down gets to play "Gaaji" with no runner. It must be noted that, the fielding team can effect run outs on both the stumps when there is Last Man Gaaji
Etymology Tamil - The piece of wood to be used as the cricket bat. Need not confirm to geometrical trivialities. It also means when a batsman play very defensively for a long time and not scoring runs.
Etymology Tamil - When a bowler bowls a very fast ball(usually a full toss) it is called maanga. This usually leaves the batsman badly hurt(Unda vaangarathu) because he uses FULL COVER tactics. Originated from the act of throwing stones on to mango trees to fetch mangoes.
One Shot
One-short actually (when the batsmen doesn't crease properly for a run)
One Side Runs
Etymology English - When teams decide before hand that there are runs only on one side of the wicket due to lack of sufficient number of fielders
One-Pitch Catch
Etymology English - A rule where a batsman gets out when a fielder catches it even after the ball pitches once. Typically street cricket batsmen do not go for lofted shots fearing to get out
One-Pitch One-Hand
Etymology English - A slight modification of the above rule where a fielder can use both hands to catch a ball 'full-toss' but has to use only one hand to catch the one that is 'One - Pitch'. Typically used to increase the chances of batsman's survival
One Dick or One D
Etymology English - Commonly used term for 'One run declared'. When the ball hits any obstruction in the field, one run is granted to the batting team. There is no need for the batsmen to cross the crease. If the obstruction is at a long distance, it could be Two Dick (two runs declared) or Three Dick (three runs declared)
One G
Etymology English - Same as One Dick, the term for 'One run granted'
Osi Gaaji
Etymology Unknown - A scenario where some stranger wants to bat for a couple of balls just for fun and then carry on with his work. Osi is actually O.C an acronym for "on company" which refers to freeloading on your company's resources thanks to loops and holes in the administration.
Over Gaaji
Etymology Unknown - The act of a selfish batsman who purposely retains strike by taking a single of the last ball of the over to enjoy more "Gaaji"ing
Etymology English - Number of overs per side.
Return Declare
Etymology Unknown - Same as 'Adetail'. But sometimes used, when a batsman crosses a stipulated number of runs say 20 or bats for stipulated number of balls so that others can get a share of "gaaji"ing
Etymology Tamil - Usually an adjective used to describe a bad or useless object. This could be "sothai batsman", "sothai ball" (which indicates that the ball is dead which could be either due to wear and tear or because of an improper bounce).
Etymology Tamil - A great forefather of the now popular "super - sub" rule, this rule can be used if a Sothai (poor or bad) batsman's innings has to be played by a good batsman
Etymology Tamil - Same as slogging in cricket towards the deck.
Etymology Tamil - (In the context of cricket) When a batsman is not able to make any contact with the ball using his bat. (Similar to played and missed)
Etymology Unknown - When batsman/any fielder gets distracted from the game due to highly technical reasons like a vehicle crossing the road when a ball is bowled (with the pitch perpendicular to the road)
Etymology Tamil. (Same as OC-Gaji).
Etymology English - This is the first ball bowled in the match and it is called trials. It is used to gauge the pace and bounce of the pitch and the ball by both batsman and the bowler. Note: The batsman is not supposed to hit this ball, else the fielding side will demand him to go and fetch the ball. It's a kind of tactic by the fielding team to not allow the batsman to free his arms.
An instance of batsman being hit by a Maanga. Usually a Sothai batsman employs this technique to prevent being bowled over although it might leave him hurt.
Etymology Tamil - When the bowler is unable to extract any meaningful bounce from the pitch. Sometimes used as a defensive tactic towards the deck.
Etymology Unknown - Same as 'Thuchees'
Waits for the crease
Etymology Unknown - Same as 'Waits', but applicable only to batsman.
Wall catch/Wall-pitch/Wall-pitch-out
When the rules dictate that a ball caught after directly hitting the wall may be considered as "one-pitch catch".
Upeeeet (Up-it)
Etymology Unknown - When the batsman, usually the Sothai hits the ball in the air, it is a common practice for all the fielders to scream Upeeet encouraging the fielder in the closest proximity to the ball to catch it
Gaada (Up-it)
Etymology Unknown - Batsman who wants hit all of the balls, out of the playing area."


  1. thanks to u n wikipedia.......
    have seen this before......:-)

  2. i will be posting some borrowed stuff n wiki now n den da..helps ppl who search blogs wid words like "gaaji" or "one-pitch"'ll lead to my blog :-)