Definition of take a wicket in English:

take a wicket


  • (of a bowler or a fielding side) dismiss a batsman.

    • ‘He quite rightly deserved a standing ovation from the 1000-strong crowd, and he also received a smattering of applause from the Zimbabwe bowlers, who were relieved at finally taking a wicket.’
    • ‘Hat tricks, in which a bowler takes a wicket with three consecutive balls, are fairly uncommon.’
    • ‘He was the only Wharfedale bowler to take a wicket, finishing with five for 34 as the other three wickets in a total of 160 for eight fell to run outs.’
    • ‘The early dismissal meant that Sami, who rarely looked like taking a wicket before that passage of play, had something in the bank to show.’
    • ‘Two years later, he took a wicket with his first ball in first-class cricket, and became a key part of a side which dominated county cricket in the Edwardian era, if not in terms of titles, certainly in the public's imagination.’
    • ‘He bowled straight and full, took a wicket and dried up the runs at both ends, so that only 19 came off five overs.’
    • ‘He also bowled three overs, at a rather more sedate pace than in his youth, and took a wicket - Gloucester's top-scorer Captain MA Green, who later managed England on tour overseas.’
    • ‘He took a wicket with his first ball of the match, trapping Robinson leg before after Leicestershire decided to bat first at Grace Road.’
    • ‘Nehra had never looked like taking a wicket and he bowled 9 overs for 75 runs, including conceding 13 runs in his last two overs.’
    • ‘Australia have a habit of taking a wicket or wickets very early on a day, or very early in a session.’