Cricket Fielding Positions on the Field
There are more than 35 fielding positions on the ground and a captain can place any player in any position but some players are specialists to field on specific positions and captains normally place them in their favorite position. The specialist fielder is more beneficial for the team while fielding at a specific position.
How Big is a Cricket Field
Although there are no fixed dimensions of the ground it varies from 137 meters (450) feet to 150 meters (500) feet and according to ICC,s law it should be a minimum of 137.16 meters. The length of the pitch is 22 yards which means 20.12 meters or 66 feet.
Cricket Positions Names
The cricket ground is divided into two parts one is offside and the other is onside or legside. If a right-handed batsman is batting the right side area is for him is offside while the left side area is onside or legside. this position will be the opposite for a left-handed batsman.
Wicket Keeper, Slips, Short Third man, and Third man
The player who keeps the wicket is called the wicket keeper and his position is straight behind the stamps he is authorized to equip with gloves and pads to safeguard himself. for a right-handed batsman on his right is the position of slips. these slips can be any number 1 to 9 according to the game situation. A captain can place all the players in a slip position except the wicketkeeper and the bowler behind the slip is a position of a fly slip or short third man and a third man
Gully, Backward Point, and Deep Backward Point
These positions are straight to the right corner of the pitch to the right-handed batsman. The gully position is about 15 meters from the batsman, while the backward point is about 30 meters from the bat right at the edge of the 30-yard circle and the deep backward point is at the boundary line.
Silly Point, Point, and Deep Point
These fielding positions are straight to the right of the batting crease for the right-handed batsmen. The silly point is close to the bat while the point is at the edge of the 30 yards circle and the deep point is at the boundary line
Silly Mid-off, Cover, and Deep Cover
The silly mid-off position is close to the middle of the pitch on the right side for the right-handed batsman, and the cover position at the 30-yard edge straight to the middle of the pitch and the deep cover is at the boundary line behind the cover position.
Extra Cover and Deep Extra Cover
The extra cover position is at the edge of the 30-yard circle and this is the position in between the cover and mid-off while the deep extra cover is at the edge of the boundary behind the extra cover.
Mid-Off and Long Off
This position is between the bowler and the extra cover at the edge of the 30-yard circle and behind the mid-off at the boundary is the position of long-off. All these positions are on the off side of the ground for the right-handed batsman.
Leg Slip, Leg Gully, Fine Leg, and Deep Fine Leg
These fielding positions are on the leg side for the right-handed batsman, leg slip is straight to slip on the leg side, and leg gully is straight to the gully on the leg side, while the fine leg is on the 30-yard circle and deep fine leg is one the boundary on the leg side for the right-handed batsman.
Short Leg, Backward Square Leg, and Long Leg
The short leg position is very close to the bat on the leg side just only a few feet from the batsman, the backward square leg is the position between the fine leg and square led on a 30-yard circle while the long leg is on the boundary line on the leg side for the right-handed batsman.
Square Leg and Deep Square Leg
The position of the square leg is close to the square leg umpire at a 30-yard circle and the deep square leg is on the boundary line behind the square leg umpire
Silly Mid-on, Mid-Wicket, and Deep Mid-Wicket
Silly mid-on is on the leg side opposite to silly mid-off for a right-handed batsman and the mid-wicket is at the 30-yard circle behind silly mid-on while the deep mid-wicket is on the boundary line on the leg side.
Mid-on, Long-on, and Cow Corner
Mid-on is at the 30-yard circle on the leg side and it is straight to the mid-off, and long-on is on the boundary line behind the mid-on while the area between deep mid-wicket and long is called the cow corner on the boundary line.
The fielding positions which are described above are for the right-handed batsman and if the batsman is left-handed the positions will be vice versa.
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