Best fielding position in cricket plays an important role in cricket to take wickets and to save runs. A perfect field set will make pressure and also raise batsmen to play wrong shots. All depends upon the captain, he is the leader of team he must have knowledge about the best fielding position in cricket. Fielding position is going to be changed for every batsman in cricket because it depend, which fielding position suits for right handed batsmen and similar for left hander batsmen. Earlier they didn’t focus on fielding session; day by day fielding part becomes an important factor in cricket. We cannot set fielding by ignoring cricket laws.
Best Fielding Position in Cricket
- First Slip: First slip fielder is closer to wicket keeper there main aim is to catch the edge ball, cricketer stands near to wicket keeper is known as first slip.
- Second Slip: Second slip also closer to wicket keeper same as the first slip but second slip stands near first slip and behind the batsmen, both slips are known as the catching fielder in cricket.
- Third Slip: Third slip comes in the rows of a slip fielder; he stands near to the second slip fielder and third slip also a catching position in cricket.
- Gully: In cricket, Gully is a position in cricket; he stands in a row of slip fielder. But not a slip fielder stands near to slip fielder.
- Leg Slip: Leg slip is a slip fielder in cricket, he also stands behind the batsmen, but on the leg side of the ground, therefore he known as leg slip.
- Third Man: Third man stands on the boundary line and off-side of cricket ground near by Deep point.
- Deep Fine Leg: Deep fine leg has placed onside fielding position in cricket. He stands on the boundary line and he covers the leg side area of the cricket ground.
- Fine Leg: (Short) fine leg is a leg side fielder, who stands in the circle of ground.
- Leg Gully: Leg gully position is an onside of the cricket ground. He stands near by leg slip fielder and near to batsmen.
- Silly Point: Silly point stands near to batsman basically near to pitch, his main aim to catch edge.
- Point: Point position is an offside fielding position in cricket ground and he stands inside the circle of the ground.
- Cover: Cover position is also an off-side fielding position in cricket ground, but he stands inside the circle of the ground and near to point field.
- Silly Mid-Off: Silly mid-off stands near to pitch, similar to the silly point position which is near to bowler and he is also a catching fielder in cricket.
- Extra Cover: Extra cover is an off-side fielder, which stands inside the circle of cricket. He is also standing near to cover fielder and mid-off fielder.
- Mid-Off: Mid-off position is an inside of the circle and stands off-side position (closer to the bowler to pass the cricket advice & encouragement).
- Long Off: Long off is an off-side fielder position in cricket, which stands near to the boundary line.
- Mid-On: Mid-on is an on-side fielder position in cricket which stands inside of the circle and opposite to mid-off fielder.
- Long On: Long on is the boundary line in cricket and also the opposite position of long off fielder in cricket.
- Square Short Leg: He is a leg side fielder placed on short leg position, which is known as square short leg.
- Short Leg: Short leg stands near to batsmen and his main aim to catch the edge ball OR It’s opposite to the silly point fielder in cricket position.
- Silly Mid-On: Silly mid-on is an on-side fielder in cricket; he stands near to the pitch and opposite to silly mid-off fielder.
- Mid-Wicket: Mid-wicket is an on-side fielding position in cricket, where he stands inside the circle of the cricket ground.
- Deep Mid-Wicket: Deep mid-wicket stands on the boundary line in cricket and near to deep square leg & mid-wicket.
- Square leg: Square leg is an on-side fielder in cricket and covers the leg side of the ground & stands inside the circle of ground.
- Deep Square Leg: Deep square leg is an on-side fielder position in cricket, stands on the boundary line to save runs and near to deep mid-wicket.
The captain set attacking field to take wickets and to save runs. In limited over’s, we can see them to set attacking fields for batsman. In cricket match, if batsman comes new to do batting, than captain going to set attacking fields to make pressure on new batsman. Captain need to see bowler accuracy and his strength or weakness, later on they can set the best fielding position in cricket. This kind of field set applied in test cricket, because they want to disturb batsman focus.
When a batsman plays the long innings for his team that time attacking field isn’t the best option to choose it. Captain will apply defending fielding position in the situation to make him out by catch & bowled. If the bowler unable to take a wicket or slow down his batting strike rate then defending field help to reduce the score rate of the defending team and in most of situation, the high scoring batsman will feel danger to play under defending field.