Feeling left out when the universe and their aunt is gripped by World Cup frenzy? Pepper your conversations with these fun cricketing terms and you might just fake your way through the cricket season.Drop-in pitches
What it is: When a right-handed batsman swaps hands and rotates his body 180 degrees to bat like a left-hander, after the ball has been delivered. Popularised by David Warner, AB de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen aka KP, who first used it in a match against New Zealand in 2008.
What it’s not: Turning off the fan with a bat.
How to use it: “KP would have been proud of the switch hit that Glenn Maxwell hit against Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews.”
What it is: A ball where an off-spinner’s delivery goes away from the right hander, in the opposite direction. Bowled from the back of the hand, it is difficult for most batsmen to pick. Invented by Saqlain Mushtaq and popularised by Harbhajan Singh and Muttiah Muralitharan.
What it’s not: The ‘other’ man in your (extra) marital scheme of things.
How to use it: “Why doesn’t Ashwin use the Doosra, yaar!”