Why Do Cricket Players Shout "Howzat"?
There are some great traditions associated with the game of cricket. Players can appeal in a variety of ways! Players call out "Howzat" often, sometimes loudly!
But have you ever wondered why cricketers Howzat? Is there even a meaning to it?
Whenever a batsman is dismissed, cricketers shout Howzat. Howzat is an abbreviation of "How's that,” in which a fielding player asks an umpire whether the batter is out or not.
As per Law 31 of the Laws of Cricket, an umpire can't rule a batter out unless the fielding side appeals.
In most cases, it refers to LBW, Run Outs, Stumpings, Bat Pads, and Caught behind the wickets.
Umpires are technically required to make a decision based on an appeal, but in practice, it is often obvious to all that a batter is out, and the batter may leave the field before the umpire makes his decision.