dot ball



  • noun a ball from which no runs are scored and no wicket is taken, so called because such a delivery is recorded with a ‘dot’ in the detailed bowling analysis (
    See illustration at scorebook
    Citation ‘One day he is trying to get wickets, the next merely attempting to bowl “dot” balls’ (David Acfield, Cricketer November 1984)
    Citation ‘South Africa’s last batsman, Donald, came in. Sachin bowled three consecutive dot balls’ (Bhattacharya 2006)