A run out is the most unfortunate thing for a batsman in cricket. It can remove a prolific batsman and change the course of the match. Cricket has eleven types of dismissal to dismiss a batsman, one of them is getting a batsman run out. Run out is more a batsman’s fault than the merit of bowler’s delivery. Run out is creating a trap which gets executed on your own. Nevertheless, no batsman likes to get run out, because it is like shooting oneself in the foot. But, for spectator run out is pure joy from a drama in the middle of the pitch.
If protégé of cricket Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) wants to dramatise the sport in order produce more entertainment than the baseball’s double play rule must be implemented in cricket. One tragic run out is enough to change the colour of the match, how it will be if two batsmen gets run out in the same delivery.
You may think how it will happen? Here is the scenario: Batsman A from striker end calls for a run, Batsman B responded to his call and leave his end, but in between their run; fielder using his reflexes fielded the ball and throws the ball to the wicket-keeper and batsman B from on striker’s end failed to reach before the wicket keeper dislodges the bail. Batsman B, meanwhile, is also in trouble, as the wicket-keeper observed him well and sends the ball to the bowlers, who happens to be well positioned over the stumps and removes the bails to run batsman B out.
At the moment the law of two runs out is only applicable in baseball, cricket does not allow it. In baseball two run-out in the same ball is called a double play, in which two batters get dismissed in the same continuous play if both are off their base. In cricket, base means striker’s end and non-striker’s end.
MCC can think about to change the run-out law (Law 38) to stipulate the law of baseball in cricket. If the law applied, then the ball will not be dead until the second batsman also reaches his position safely. If doesn’t, he too has to face the chance of running out. Needless to say, the result will be more joy for fans and team, nobody can ask more than that.
Along with the run-out law, the amendment of dead ball Law 23 is required as well. At present if any batsman gets run out, the ball will be dead, it does not matter where the remaining batsman is. In rewritten law, the ball will not be dead if one batsman gets run out and at the same time another batsman failed to reach his position in right time.
For me, this kind of a two consecutive strikes on the same delivery is not as creepy as you might think. The double play can make the game tighter as the batsman at none striker’s end have to be careful about the peril of getting out. If he and his teammate find themselves in the middle of the pitch either watching the ball or thinking about something else might have chance to get dismissed in the same ball went to dressing room together. And once again two new batsmen have to come together to bat like the openers do.
If MCC really thinks about the change of the law of run out, then this could also boost to the art of fielding as fielders would have greater chance to change the course of the match, as opposed to current function of being not only saving the run and catching the ball, but, also getting batsmen run out more than before. Fielders will seek an opportunity every now and then which will improve the standard of fielding. Fielding is the most neglected part of the game, after the change of the law in every country will be more serious than before.