Cricket Fielding Positions Explained for the Cricket Fans

By Bet Barter

September 1, 2020

To comprehend different handling positions in Cricket appears to be truly troublesome if you are not a strict adherent of the game.

Here’s a fledglings manual for different handling positions in cricket:

On and Off

Practically all the situations in cricket can isolate into on and off positions. The ‘On’ position is towards the correct side of the batsman when seen towards the bowler’s end. Likewise, the ‘Off’ side alludes to the situations on the left half of the batsman.


The defenders remaining behind the batsman at an edge are the slips. They are put in there in request to get the ball that ‘slipped’ the batsman or took an edge from the batsman.

Different slip positions are

  • First Slip
  • Second Slip
  • Third Slip

Fielding Positions for Right Handed Batsman

Leg Slip: If the slip stands to one side (leg side or as an afterthought) of the wicketkeeper for a Right Handed batsman rather than left, he is named as leg slip.

Fly Slip: The position is named as the defender normally stands where the subsequent pitch is kept secure.

Cover Point

Extra Cover: If the defender stands somewhat more extensive, he turns into the Extra Cover.

Deep Cover: If the defender stands further (close to the limit line), people name him as Deep Cover.

Deep Extra Cover: If the additional spread player stands profound, he is known as Deep Extra Cover.


It alludes to the situations on the field that are at a 90-degree edge to the batsman.

Deep square leg: These defenders are positioning further (towards the limit line) following the square leg.

Short Backward square leg: The retrogressive square leg is very like the square leg yet is situated somewhat behind the opposite line of the batsman.

Deep Backward Square Leg: They stay following the short in the reverse square leg yet put close to the limit line.

Silly point

People call them so given the apparent peril of getting hit by a solid stroke from the batsman.

Silly mid-on: It alludes to the senseless position, which is halfway between the pitch towards the as an afterthought.

Silly mid-off: It means the position which is somewhere between the two finishes of the pitch and is towards the offside.


If the player remain nearly in the centerline of the mid-on and the square leg, people name him as a mid-wicket defender.

Deep mid-wicket: The profound mid-wicket has put following the mid-wicket close to the limits.

Fine leg

The fine leg defender has positioned him behind the attendant close to the limit line to stop the balls that have hit fine.

Short fine leg: it alludes to the player who stays under the fine leg, however close to the 30-yard circle.

Mid positions

Mid-Off: The position is nearest to the bowler on the ‘off’ side of the pitch.

Short mid-off: It is like mid-off however is relatively nearer to the batsman.

Mid-on: They are nearest to the bowler on the leg side or the side of the pitch.

Long positions

Long on

They are under the mid-on, however, are setting close to the limit lines.

Long off: Similarly, they are under the mid-off and position near the limit lines.

Other important positions

Wicketkeeper: Player positioned right behind the wickets.

Point: They stay at an opposite line to the batsman on the ‘offside’ of the pitch. They can think of what might compare to the square leg.

Backward Point: If the point stands somewhat behind the lines, people name him as the retrogressive point.

Third Man: It alludes to the player positioned behind the attendant on the offside close to the limit lines.

Gully: It is the situation between the third/fourth slip and the point. The space between the point and third slip is very limited and is accepted to be the wellspring of cause for the name ‘gorge.’

Cow Corner: It is the situation between long-on and profound mid-wicket.

Sweeper: Placed under the point yet close to the limit.

Next time you hear these on discourse, you know every one of them!

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