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What is Follow On in Cricket?

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What is Follow On in Cricket: Every game has some rules. Being a professional game, the rules of this game are a little tough and strict. As spectators, we don’t know every rule of the game. But playing real cricket takes a lot of effort. Physical exertion is required, but at the same time, it is necessary to make a presentation keeping in mind the technical rules of the game. This allows the game to reach the audience in a good and appropriate way.

Today, in this article, we are going to learn about a technical point “Follow On in Cricket”.

Follow on is a rule of test cricket. As we know that test cricket is the longest format of cricket. It takes a lot of time to score. The purpose of this format is to test the potential of a team to score high. In five days of the match, teams have to score the highest score.

Following is the example from which the meaning of Follow on will clear.

In 2017, during the tour of Sri Lanka, India won the toss and decided to bat first. Sri Lanka batted second. In this match, India scored 622/9. Sri Lanka failed to score so high in the first inning. So, the team was forced to play and continue to score runs till the wickets got run out.

From this example, we can construct the meaning of follow on as-

Follow on is an opportunity to score more to reach up to the target set by the first batting team given to the team in opposition. The second team is supposed to play till all their wickets got out and are forced to follow on to their second inning immediately after the first.

The decision about follows on is made by the captain of the first team who batted first. He enforces the opposite team to bat by considering the weather conditions, overs, and time remaining.

Law of Follow on :-

The Law of Cricket has some parameters based on which the follow-on can occur.

In the longer format of cricket (5 days or more), the team that bats first must be lead with a minimum of 200 runs so that they can enforce the opposite team to take a follow on.

If the match is three or four days, at least 150 runs are required.

In a two-day match, 100 runs are required.

Follow on is a strategy that is used to prevent the draw results as players think that it is better to draw the match rather than losing. According to experts, perhaps it will become a trend against enforcing the follow-on in Test Cricket. In the earlier times, it was a very rare case, once is a 100 year like a rule of follow on enforced in 1895, 1981 and 2001.

Analysis shows 10 % higher chances of ending the match with a draw result after enforcing the follow-on.  

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