Indoor Cricket | It Is Not Cricket Played Indoor

Hey Cricket Enthusiasts,

What do you know about indoor cricket? If you have never watched an indoor cricket match, you would probably say that it is just cricket played inside a covered stadium. I thought of indoor cricket just like that too when I was young. But that is not indoor cricket. That is called conventional cricket indoors which is not to be confused with indoor cricket.

Indoor cricket shares the basic concepts of conventional cricket. It contains two batsmen, a bowler and a team of fielders. Let’s learn about how indoor cricket is different from conventional cricket.

How about the playing arena?

  • Completely enclosed with netting
  • The court is 30 meters x 12 meters.
  • The netting is 4.5 meters high
  • The court has artificial grass matting
  • The pitch is the same length as in a conventional cricket match
  • Non-striker’s crease is halfway down the pitch.

What is the safety gear used in indoor cricket?

  • Indoor batting gloves
  • Abdominal guards (except for the bowler)
  • Safety goggles for the batsman (Because the fielders are so close around the batsman that he could get hurt while running)

How many players per team?

There are two types of games.

  • 2 teams of 8 players ( 16 overs per side)
  • 2 teams of 6 players (12 overs per side)

Each player of the team must ball 2 overs in an innings which makes the number of overs 16 in a traditional game.

How about the equipment used?

  • Traditional cricket bats or lighter cricket bats
  • A yellow colour cricket ball with a softer centre

There are 4 ways of how a batsman could score runs in an indoor cricket game.

Physical Runs

Physical runs are scored by a batsman running from one crease to other just like in conventional cricket.

Bonus Runs

There are 4 zones in the court where bonus runs can be scored.

  • Zone A – The net behind the keeper – 0 runs
  • Zone B – Side nets between the striker’s end and halfway down the pitch – 1 run
  • Zone C – Side nets between halfway down the pitch and bowler’s end – 2 runs
  • Zone D – The net behind the bowler – 4 or 6 runs (On the bounce is 4 runs. On the full is 6 runs)


  • Zone B or C onto Zone D – 3 runs

But the most important thing is that you can’t score bonus runs alone. You have to score at least one physical run to get bonus runs. For example, if you hit a four, you should run at least one run too. Unless you will not get those 4 runs.

Extra Runs

Extra are same as in conventional cricket matches. There are wide balls, no balls, etc.

Penalty / Minus Runs

5 runs will be deducted from a team’s score for each dismissal. A thing to take note is that even if a batsman gets dismissed he can still play until his 4 overs. (In indoor cricket, batsmen bat in partnerships. Two batsmen get 4 overs to bat.)

How do the batsmen get dismissed?

  • If a batsman hits a ball and it hits a net and if the fielders catch the ball, it is declared out. (unless if the batsman hits it for a six)
  • Mankading
  • Leg Before Wicket (This is only out if the batsman plays a shot)
  • When the 4 overs are finished

How many officials does an indoor cricket game have?

There is only one on-field umpire in an indoor match. There are scorers and video umpires off the field to help him.

How the winner of a match is decided?

As usual, the team with the most number of runs at the end of the match wins.

All overs of the 2 innings are played in every match even if one team is in front of the other. This is because there are minus runs.

What is a “skin” in indoor cricket?

A skin is a 4-over period when two batsmen bat in the match. The runs scored in a “skin” is compared at the end. So the pair of batsmen who score the most number of runs in that particular “skin” wins it. And if the totals of both teams are equal, the team who has won the most number of skins is declared winners.

What is the 3 dot ball rule?

You already know what this is. If a batsman plays 3 consecutive dot balls, the batsman is declared out.

What is the jackpot ball rule?

The last ball of each skin is a special delivery. In this ball, the number of runs scored by the team will be doubled. So, if a batsman scores a six and runs a single then they will get 14 runs rather than 7. And also if a batsman gets out, 10 runs will be deducted from the team’s total rather than 5.

Watch the Indoor Cricket National Championship 2019 Finals here.

I hope you guys now have a pretty good idea about indoor cricket. If you have any doubts, please leave a comment down below. Stay tuned for more content. And the T10 league starts tomorrow guys. Make sure you guys watch that.

Published by Thisura Thenuka

I am a passionate software engineering student. But cricket is my first love ❤

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