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Old May 11th, 2004, 10:36 AM
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Cricketing slang

I'm sure that that each region has its own cricketing slang. Here's a glossary I found from http://www.chennaionline.com/sports/.../ram/ram10.asp about some Madras-style cricket slang. Bold Text is my additions to the original article . Post your own local slang here.

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Chennai cricket has its own lingo, a laidback approach to it seldom seen elsewhere, and a strong tendency among its players to see the funny side of most situations, cricketing or otherwise, connected with the game. If we want to understand Chennai cricket, we must first learn some of its unique technical terms. Here are some samples:

Danda out: A bad decision by the umpire. This term is usually employed by a batsman who has failed in a match, when a friend asks him how many runs he has scored.

Poi bowling: The hard-to-please Chennaiite's description of the stuff dished out by most spin bowlers. Poi of course means a lie or falsehood, and this term denotes lack of spin or fictitious spin. A variation is poi bowler. Also poi spin to indicate lack of spin

Grease: Archaic local pronunciation of "crease". Means the crease.

Sign match: A match at the end of which the losing captain signs in acknowledgement of his team's defeat. Strictly street corner or neighbourhood cricket formality. A further value addition is provided by the umpire(s) affixing his/ their signatures.

Bye-runner: A runner who runs for an injured batsman, usually refused permission by the fielding captain.

Azhukku batsman: Literally "dirt(y)" batsman; someone your bowlers don't know how to dismiss; usually a dour, defensive one.

Arai kozhi: A long hop.

Tyte (pronounced tie-thay): A bowler who runs in like Tyson and bowls like Gupte; a bowler who has a long and impressive run-up but doesn't achieve any appreciable pace. I've heard Madan Lal described as a "tyte", but didn't know how the term came about. BTW, a lot of "tyte" bowlers were also called "Madans"!

Manga: Literally means mango, a colourful term for chucking or throwing by a bowler. "Manga adikkaranda", is the way a suspect action is described meaning the bowler throws stones to bring down mangoes.

Set-up: A fixed match.

Gada Munuswami: A slogger or wild hitter. The legendary groundskeeper of Chepauk stadium was a certain Munuswami who served from 1920s to 1960s and was very highly regarded by CP Johnstone. See Gaajikaaran Munuswami below

Pazham: A poor fielder, especially a poor catcher. (Pazham = fruit in Tamil)

Local six: A mistimed skier, which ends in a catch within single-saving distance.

Dhanakoti sixer: Same as above, made famous by a stonewaller called Dhanakoti. This Dhanakoti supposedly played for the Madras Cricket Club.

Mookku mele (literally, on top of your nose): Same as above.

Ganapati uruttal: A ball that shoots all along the ground, named after S Ganapati who played for St. Bede's School and Reserve Bank of India. Uruttal = Tamil slang for ball that rolls on the ground

Gaaji: Hogging the strike.

Gaajikaaran Munuswami: Used to describe someone who's hogging the strike, especially when there's already a capable batsman on the other side. A typical Gaajikaaran Munuswami will take a single at the last ball of every over, if he's batting, or refuse to run on the last ball, if he's the runner. Munuswami probably refers to the legendary groundskeeper of Chepauk stadium, a certain Munuswami who served from 1920s to 1960s, who was supposedly a big-time Gaajikaaran, everytime he went to bat. Also see Gada Munuswami above

KPP or kuri pathu podu or kala pathu podu: Bowl a sandshoe crusher. Kala Pathu Podu = Watch (his) foot and put (it there) in Tamil

Paper score: Getting enough runs or wickets to have your name published in the newspaper (Used to be 25 runs or three wickets, now 40 runs in The Hindu). First time I heard this term was from my College buddy (a guy called Ashraf Ali) who used to play first division. Apparently his side was about to bowl out the other team for a very low score and actually gave a few byes and dropped catches for the last few batsmen. When asked why, he said that way his side's batsmen could at least get a paper score and get noticed by selectors. If they'd bowled the other team out for too low a score, none of their side's batsmen would have a chance to score 25 runs before winning the match!

Goal: To misfield and let the ball go between your legs.

Katthi (knife): A crossbatted shot.

Rude bowling: Fast bowling.

Feed bowling: Same as above.(Feed is a mispronunciation of speed).

Apphim or Appit: Synonym for "Get him out". Most likely a corruption of "Up Him", which is also heard elsewhere in India.
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Old May 11th, 2004, 10:57 AM
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Not much but some were used in our city in chattisgrah.

OUT THAT: Basically "How's that" when apealing to umpire for LBW.
Evening: Innings. Second evening ki score kyaa hai.
Dukka pela: Made a duck
Sutai ho gayi: Got hit all over the boundry
Tangiya: A ball aimed at the feet.
Surrrrat: Ball that does not rises at all after pitching.
Wiketchee: Wicketkeeper
Scorechee: A good score keeper.. (meaning he would add non existant runs.. convert a few dot balls to 4 or 2s thereby inflating the score to ensure a win especially when playing second in a limited over match).
Kanchashot: A direct hit runout.
phokatrun: Overthrows and legbyes byes. (Some matches allowed for nos and wides as phokatruns).

Can't remember much.

Yes we sometimes used to call the ball chendu as there was a majority ghati players in our team.
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Saome Bambaiya cricket slang

white ball - wide ball
shotted - hit a good shot
chhakkdi - Sixer
chaukdi - four, of course
leembold, bolded - Clean bowled
cotted - caught
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Some more fun ones:

Dokku Tavare: Used to describe a batsman who only plays defensive shots even if all the fielders have fallen asleep. Came from watching England player Chris Tavare's batting.

Kataan Player - Rash player. Swings at anything.

Agricultural Stroke - Cross batted heave.
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Kombadi Pakad : After dropping a catch
Tadi : Super shot
Bundhyat tak : Yorker
AA wazathat : Howz that
Kan ke niche bajaya : cut shot
Kholun dila (Kholke diya) : out by cheap catch
zadu : similar to sweep shot
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