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How did the term 'Night Watchman' originate in cricket ... ???

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Asked by Manoj Joshi, 18 Mar '13 10:15 am
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When a wicket falls near the end of the day, a lower order (less capable) batsman might be sent in to bat with the intention that the more capable players will be held in reserve until the next morning. The more capable players are then not exposed to the risk of dismissal while tired or in low-light conditions. The batsman who is sent in is known as the nightwatchman. This tactic is also used because players are typically nervous and unsettled at the start of the innings before settling into their rhythm and becoming "set". Sending a specialist batsman in late in the day means that he will have to survive one such period in the afternoon, before doing the same again after the resumption of play the next day, increasing the chance of a dismissal, so a less valuable batsman is sent in instead.
Answered by jameel ahmed, 18 Mar '13 10:18 am

 
  
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In the sport of cricket, a nightwatchman is a lower-order batsman who comes in to bat higher up the order than usual near the end of the day's play. This nightwatchman's job is to maintain most of the strike until the close of play (remaining in overnight, hence the name) and so protect other, more capable batsmen from being out cheaply in what may be a period of tiredness or in poor light. The theory is that losing two top-order batsmen in quick succession would be worse than losing one top-order batsman and a tailender.

However the nightwatchman's effort is not considered to be wasted, nor is he expected to play foolishly; otherwise he would not last very long. The role of nightwatchman is generally given to players who emphasise defensive technique over quick run-scoring. However there have been occasions when nightwatchmen have made a big score, and six have made centuries in test matches. Generally speaking, the nightwatchman plays conservatively on the night, but the next day ...more
Answered by Quest, 18 Mar '13 01:02 pm

 
  
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Out bhi ho jaye to chalega ..kam light main ek acha khiladi out hua to nuksaan ho jayega
Answered by babu rao, 18 Mar '13 10:48 am

 
  
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A batsman who is sent in to bat just before the end of a day's play and continues his innings on the next day of play.
origion some time during 1860 to 1865
Answered by iqbal seth, 18 Mar '13 10:22 am

 
  
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