The umpire is the third party in cricket whose job is to maintain the balance and fairness between the two teams. The umpire is one of the crucial members to make sure everyone plays fair and sound, more like a judge or referee on the field.
In every cricket match, there are two umpires on the field appointed for each point, so that they can run the whole game without any impartiality.
There is a third umpire too aka TV umpire off-the-field, who only calls in a situation when two umpires question the decision or by players.
Know About Cricket Umpire Signals with Images
In this article, we will talk about some of the Umpire signals and their gesture and find out about their hidden meaning.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Out
When an umpire signals his index finger in the upper directions or in the air that means a batsman is out, and it’s time for the next player.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Not Out
When the Umpire waves his arms in a sweeping motion out in front of the chest that means the batsman is not out. Usually umpire signals when the bowler calls out for the decision and the batsman is not out.
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Cricket Umpire Signal: No Ball
When the Umpire signals one arm fully extended horizontally, it means the bowler has sent down an illegal delivery.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Free Hit
If the Umpire holds one hand above their head and makes a circular motion, this signal means the batsman can hit the ball in any direction without being dismissed.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Wide Ball
If the Umpires both hands are extended horizontally then it means a ball is way out of reach to the batsman to hit it.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Four Runs
When the ball hit by the batsman crosses the boundary, the Umpire sweeps his one-hand signal it four runs.
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Cricket Umpire Signal: Six Runs
When a batsman hits a ball over a boundary without a bounce, the Umpire holds both his hands above his hands and signals the six runs.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Bouncer
If a ball bounces above the batsman’s shoulder level, the umpire touches his right shoulder to signal the bouncer.
Cricket Umpire Signal: DRS Or Third Umpire
The Umpire forms a square with his hands to call upon a third umpire in the time of doubt.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Dead Ball
The Umpire sweeps both his arms across their knees and calls it a dead ball, in case a batsman denied to take a delivery
Cricket Umpire Signal: Bye
When the umpire holds one arm extended above their head the ball travels past the stumps and the batsmen can run. The ball must not hit the bat or any part of their body.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Leg Bye
When the batsmen run after the ball has hit the batter’s leg or any part of their body, excluding the glove. The Umpire raises his knee and taps it with his hands signaling the leg bye.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Short Run
The umpire will tap their shoulder with their arm extended and call ‘one short’. If a batsman fails to ground their bat beyond the popping crease,
Cricket Umpire Signal: Penalty Runs
The umpire brings his or her hand across the chest and places it on their shoulder. If they tap their shoulder, runs go to the batting side but, if the hand stays in place, runs go to the fielding side. This is the penalty runs depending upon the situation.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Revoke Decision
If a decision made by an umpire is canceled by the DRS or Third Umpire then the Umpire on the field signals by crossing their arms across their chest and then making a sweeping motion below their waist.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Powerplay
To signal that it’s a powerplay, the umpires rotate their ar in a windmill motion. Powerplay is some certain limited overs with benefits for both bowling and batting sides.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Soft signal
It is specifically a signal to the Third umpire that a decision is more likely to be. The umpire will make either the regular out or not-out signals.
Cricket Umpire Signal: New Ball
After every 80 overs, a new ball replaces the old one. The umpire holds the new ball in the direction of the scorer.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Cancel Call
If by any means the Umpire made a wrong decision, he crossed his arms and touched the shoulders with the opposite hand.
Cricket Umpire Signal: Last Hour
The Umpire holds their wrist above their head and points to their watch. It means the match has its last and final hour left.
These are the signals used by the Umpires during the match and symbolize all the essential rules and laws in International cricket.