• adjective denoting a bowler, a playing surface, or especially a delivery of the ball that is difficult or impossible for the batsman to deal with or survive against
    Citation ‘Australia could only scratch together 144 runs in their second innings, Gibbs being virtually unplayable with 6 for 29’ (Manley 1988)
    Citation ‘Viswanath was brilliant in an hour of crisis and was always at his technical best on bad and often unplayable wickets’ (Haresh Pandya, Illustrated Weekly of India 20 April 1991)
    Citation ‘Switched to the Kirkstall Lane End he found little more until producing the ultimate in unplayable balls to bowl the nightwatchman’ (Richard Hutton, Cricketer September 1994)
    Citation ‘Deliveries that were unplayable for the rest seemed routine for Dravid; his technique was so good’ (Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, Cricinfo Magazine August 2006)