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I'm beggin ya

Appealing: a visual story

Nishi Narayanan  |  

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For all the sledging, accusations of cheating, ball-tampering and general bad behaviour, cricket remains a polite sport, one in which the bowling side has to put in a request to receive a wicket. Over the years, however, the requests have gone from solicitations to urgent beseeching to high-decibel assaults on the umpire's psyche.

Above: Jim Laker flashes a grin at the umpire for the wicket of Ian Craig (No. 3 in his historic ten-for, and No. 12 for the match) at Old Trafford, 1956.

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Jack Iverson raises a tentative hand as he asks for a caught-behind against Len Hutton in Melbourne, 1950.

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Derek Underwood is positively in the umpire's face while appealing for an lbw against Keith Stackpole at Headingley, 1972.

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Paul Wiseman just about bursts a vessel in his effort to get a decision against Justin Langer in Auckland, 2000.

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Stuart Broad does a scarecrow impression - which is better than the times he simply went on to celebrate a dismissal without turning around to check with the umpire.

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Yes, you need to check with the umpire. No, you don't actually have to be facing him when you ask.

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Method No. 57: the angry traffic cop, as depicted here by Sreesanth.

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Chris Martin does an opera singer imitation. Or maybe it's a Braveheart impression?

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Allan Lamb demonstrates the sort of look every batsman should adopt while any sort of appeal is on.

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What works better: synchronised appealing?

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Or genuflecting?

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Or the two-in-one appeal: relaxing your tired back and legs while making a case for yourself?

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Speaking of backs, Dominic Cork must have had a very flexible one, given that all the photos of him appealing have him bent at angles between 120 and 175 degrees. This is an extra-special one, where he's able to bend his back, his knees and his feet - all at incredible angles. (Also, why have cricket trousers gone back since to being plain and boring?)

How not to influence an umpire:

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1. By looking at him like he's the slasher trying to disembowel you in a horror flick (above).

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2. By annoying him with a starfish pose.

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3. By screaming "Statue!"

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4. By drawing the wool over your own eyes.

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5. By doing the "Oh no, I left my iPhone charger at home" pose.

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6. By being the only one in your team appealing

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And sometimes it's just better to appeal to a higher authority.

Nishi Narayanan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo