ICC Rules: Cricket Field Positions on Cricket Ground

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Cricket Field Positions – Bat and bowling are an integral part of cricket. Whenever we ask a youngster about what he likes in the game, the answer would be either batting or bowling. But, the fielding too is an important part of the game. It is as important as batting and bowling.

cricket field positions

Today we shall focus on the fielding positions in cricket.

  • First, let us know about the cricket Pitch. In cricket, the pitch is where the game is played. All the 3 aspects of the game take place on the pitch.
  • The pitch is on the center of the ground, in a rectangular clay strip shape. This pitch is measured with 22 yards meaning it is 20 meters long.

Cricket Field Positions

  • The three wooden stakes are hammered into the ground and are called, ‘the stumps’ while two crosspieces are placed on top of the stumps and are called ‘bails’. The set of three stumps with 2 bails is called a wicket.
  • At the ends of the pitch, there is a designed, white-colored line known to be called the ‘batting crease’. This design is seen at both the ends of the pitch. The crease is where the batsmen take their guard.

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Cricket Field Positions

  • The primary job of a fielder is to save from letting the batsmen make runs or scores. The fielder should be able to catch the ball or should be quick enough to affect a runout by hitting at the wicket when the batsman is out of the crease.
  • There are many fielding positions in cricket which are not fixed and can be changed according to the match situations. The field placement is made according to how the batsmen play.
  • The field placement for the right-handed batsmen and the left-handed batsmen will be different. For the right-handed batsmen, the field is placed on the offside and for the left-handed batsmen, the field is placed on the leg or the on side.

Catching Positions in Cricket

  • “Catches Win Matches” these words are truly said by experts. The bowlers create a chance of getting the batsmen out. But, if the catcher doesn’t catch and hold on to the catch then the wicket is also gone. The catchers are the most important members of every cricket match. The drop catches have been proved costly for teams who haven’t grabbed the opportunities.

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  • Out of the 11 players, one is the wicket-keeper who is behind the bowler, batsmen, and the stumps.
  • The next one is the long stop fielder, who stands behind the wicket-keeper towards the boundary. But this position isn’t followed nowadays in professional cricket. It is rather referred to as a very fine leg.
  • Sweeper – This fielder is placed in the deep mid-wicket to keep a deep cover. It is also called the extra deep cover position. This position is near the boundary to save the boundary runs.

Cricket Field Positions Chart

cricket field positions chart

Cricket Field Positions

  • Cow corner – This is a position between the deep mid-wicket and the long-on position.
  • Backward shot leg or shot fine leg – This position is on the leg side behind the 45-degree square fielder.
  • To save a single run, the fielder needs to be at least 15 -20 yards away from the pitch.
  • To save the two runs, the fielders need to be placed at least 50 to 60 yards away from the pitch.

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