What are Extras in Cricket? | Types of Extras

In cricket, extras are the runs that a batter does not score. The other team gives these runs unintentionally to the team that is batting. They do not count towards the batter’s score. 

Even though these runs are added to the team’s total, the scoreboard shows them separately. Most of the time, the bowling team doesn’t give up extra runs, but there have been times in all formats when teams gave up more extra runs than normal.

In the 1989 Benson and Hedges World Series, Pakistan gave the West Indies 59 extras. It was responsible for almost 30% of the West Indies’ 203 runs, which they got in 41 overs.

Ten years later, Pakistan did the same thing against Scotland. This time, they were responsible for more than 35% of Scotland’s 167 runs. Pakistan gave up 59 extra runs against the West Indies and Scotland. This is the most extra runs ever given up in a single ODI match.

When it comes to Test cricket, India is at the top of the list because they gave Pakistan 76 extra runs in one game in December 2007.

Meanwhile, Eswatini has the record for conceding the most extras in a T20I match. In July 2022, Eswatini played against Mozambique. Batting first, Mozambique scored 190/5 in 20 overs, and Eswatini conceded 41 extra runs.

Types of Extras

In cricket, the term “extras” is often used. Extras are the additional runs that a cricket team gets on different occasions.

No Ball

A common type of extra in a cricket game is a “no ball.” The player gets them when the bowler makes a delivery that is against the rules.

Also Read | 15+ Types of No Ball in Cricket that You Should Know!


Wide is the term used for a bowler’s delivery that is out of reach of the player. When the ball is wide, it is almost impossible for a player to hit the ball in a fair way.


The umpire signals a “bye” if the batter’s score runs but the ball does not touch the batter or his gear. When an official calls a “bye,” extra runs are shown on the scoreboard of the batting team.

Leg Bye

Leg byes are awarded when the ball doesn’t hit the batter’s bat but makes contact with their body.

Also Read | What are Byes and Leg Byes in Cricket? – Complete Guide

Penalty Run

In cricket games, the team that is playing usually gets five penalty runs for different reasons. When the bowler bowls an illegal delivery or the ball hits the keeper’s helmet kept on the ground, penalty runs are awarded to the batting team.

These runs are also given when the batting team tries to take a short run, losing time between overs and ignoring the umpire’s frequent warnings. If a fielder gets on the field without the permission of the umpire and touches the ball, the team that is batting gets five extra runs.

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