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Cricket Fielding Positions Explained: A Simple Guide

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Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. We love to watch the game and get mesmerized by the shots that the batters play. However, not all of us know the name of the positions where the fielders are placed at.

There are specific positions on a cricket field that all cricket fans must know about. If you are one of those who don’t know them, don’t worry, we have you covered. In this article, we have listed out all the fielding positions on a cricket field.

Different types of Cricket fielding positions:

  1. Wicket-keeper:

There is no denying that the wicketkeeper’s position is the most important fielding position for the team. The wicketkeeper of the fielding team stands behind the stumps.

Most wicket-keepers stand approximately 20 meters away from the batsman if a fast bowler is bowling. A wicketkeeper is one of the fittest cricketers in the team and has great hand-eye coordination.

2. Slips

The fielders standing alongside the wicket-keeper are placed at Slips. Usually, the main fielding position within the slips is 1st Slip, 2nd Slip, 3rd Slip, and 4th Slip. Mostly, the fielders stand at the first and second slips. Third and fourth slips are commonly used in Test Cricket.

3. Gully

The fielder positioned at Gully would be seen standing on the same diagonal line as the ones standing at slips. They usually stand in front of other slip fielders. Players are mostly positioned at the gully when the ball is swinging a lot in the initial overs of the innings.

4. Leg Slip

The fielder stationed at the leg slip is standing behind the wicket on the leg side of the batsman and on the opposite of the normal slip fielders.

  1. Leg Gully

The fielder at leg gully is also standing behind the wicket but he is just a bit wider on the leg side of the batter.

  1. Silly Point 

It is a position where the fielder is standing very close to the batsman on the off side. He is stationed just a metre from the cricket pitch and needs to ensure that he doesn’t tread on the cricket pitch. Silly point fielders are used mostly when the spinners are bowling.

  1. Silly Mid-off 

At the silly mid-off position, the fielder is on the offside standing closer to the batsman. He is just a bit straighter than the fielder positioned at the Silly Point.

  1. Short Leg

The fielder at the short leg is stationed opposite the Silly Point fielder. He is also standing closer to the batsman on his leg side. Short Leg fielders are also put in place when the spinners are bowling.

  1. Silly Mid-On

It is the last fielding position where the fielders are standing closer to the batter. Silly-Mid-on is the position opposite to silly mid-off. Very seldom, fielders are standing in this position on a cricket field.

  1. Point 

The fielder at a point is standing square of the wicket on the offside. A point fielder is standing relatively closer to the batter when a spinner is bowling as compared to the one when a fast bowler is bowling.

  1. Backward Point

It is much similar to the point position. The fielder at the backward point is slightly behind the square of the wicket on the offside. It is usually in place when a fast bowler is bowling.

  1. Mid-off 

It is one of the most important positions on the field as it prevents the batter to hit a boundary through the drive towards long-off. The fielder is placed just in front of the square on the off side. You will find the mid-off fielder always standing at the edge of the inner circle.

  1. Cover:

It is one of the busiest fielding positions on a cricket field. Most of the batters love to play cover drives and the best fielders usually stand at the cover position. The fielder at the cover is stationed in front of the square on the off side. The position lies between the point and the extra cover.

  1. Extra Cover:

The extra Cover is similar to the cover position. However, the fielder stationed here is a little straighter than the one standing at the covers.

  1. Mid-On 

The fielders at mid-on are placed a bit wider than straight on the leg side in the inner circle. A player is placed all the time at mid-on in the power play overs.

  1. Square-Leg: 

A square-leg fielder is stationed at the square of the wicket on the leg side of the field. The ball comes to the man at the square when a batsman plays a hook or a pull to a fast bowler.

  1. Backward Square leg

A fielder positioned at the backward square leg is just behind the square on the leg side on the outer circle of the field. It is similar to the square leg position but it’s just a few meters behind the batter.

  1. Mid-wicket 

A mid-wicket fielder is usually stationed in front of the square on the leg side in the inner circle of the field. It is placed usually to stop the singles and stop the ball from going to the boundary in the leg-side region.

  1. Fine Leg: 

Fine Leg fielding position is behind square on the leg side in the inner circle of the field.

  1. The third man:

The third man position is at the edge of the boundary behind the square on the off-side. It is in line with where the slip fielders are stationed.

  1. Deep Point: 

The fielder positioned at the deep point stand right on the square of the wicket in the deep on the off side.

  1. Deep Backward Point: 

The Deep Backward point is much similar to the backward point. It’s placed just behind the square on the off-side and is stationed just meters away from the Backward point.

  1. Deep Cover: 

The man at deep cover stands right at the boundary rope and is stationed in front of the square on the off-side.

  1. Deep Extra Cover: 

It is just 10 meters away from Deep Cover and is a bit further in front of the square than the man at deep cover.

  1. Long Off:

The long-off position is at the deep just wide or straight on the offside. A man is always positioned at long off when the field is spread open after the power play.

  1. Deep Fine Leg: 

A man at the deep fine leg is positioned behind the square on the leg side. It is one of the busiest places on the field and you will always see a man stationed here both in ODIs as well as Tests.

  1. Deep Square Leg: 

It is positioned at the boundary rope square of the wicket on the leg side. The fielder is positioned here to stop the batters from fetching fours through pull shots and hooks.

  1. Deep Mid-Wicket: 

The deep mid-wicket is also one of the busiest positions on a cricket field. The ones who are the fittest tend to stand here to stop the boundary. It is positioned just in front of the square on the leg side.

  1. Cow Corner: 

Cow corner is a fielding position that is between long on and deep mid-wicket. This position isn’t used a lot but if a batsman is stronger on the leg side, the captain tends to keep fielders in the cow corner area as well.

  1. Long-on 

A fielder stationed at the long-on stand just wide or straight on the leg-side. It is located slightly in front of the square and you will always see a fielder stationed here after the power play in white-ball cricket.

Cricket Fielding Positions Explained: A Simple Guide
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Pratik Pathak
Pratik Pathakhttps://madovercricket.com/
A full-time learner and a part-time writer. Been unwavering myself to give my share of knowledge on cricket as well as different sports. A web series aficionado and a perennial Breaking Bad and Sherlock admirer.

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