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Being stumped is a method of dismissal in cricket and can only be performed by the wicket-keeper. A batting player is given out by stumping when a wicket keeper puts down the wicket while the batsman is out of his ‘popping crease’ (a clearly marked area in front of the stumps).
The batting player cannot be stumped if any part of the body – or the bat – is touching the ground in the popping crease.
Being stumped is the fifth-most common method of dismissal in cricket after caught, bowled, leg before wicket (LBW) and run out. Due to a batting player being more unlikely to be given out this way it can be an attractive method of next dismissal bet, as it will have longer odds.
Research into specific players could give bettors valuable insight as it may show that they are particularly susceptible to being stumped. Although it is a relatively rare occurrence it has become more prevalent in Twenty20 matches where the batting player is typically more aggressive in their play and more likely to move down the pitch to meet a ball.
Stumping may also come into play with a method of dismissal bet where it concerns a specific player. The best time to bet on a stumping would be when a slower, spin bowler is in action as a wicket-keeper stands closer to the stumps at this time. With a fast bowler they collect the ball too far back to complete a stumping.
The most successful stumping wicket keeper of all time is Australian Bert Oldfield with 52 stumpings in 54 matches. Indian cricketer Kiran More holds the record for most in one innings with five against the West Indies in 1988.