Fielding Positions in Cricket; Pitches, Wickets and Crease
Fielding Positions in Cricket
The cricket is a game of bat and ball played in the form of team. The game is played between two teams where one team does the batting at a time as another team does the bowling and fielding. To field the ball played by batsman is known as ‘fielding’ and bowling team can spread their team members in different field positions in the cricket ground to field the ball. Some of such fielding positions are explained here in this article.
Third Man: This fielding position is located at the backside of the batsman, near boundary on the off side. This is the most frequent place where batsman can hit the ball.
Fine Leg: This fielding position is located at the backside of batsman near boundary on leg side.
Slips: Slip is a position that lies behind the stumps, beside wicket-keeper. There can be at least four-five slips to catch the ball hit by the batsman.
Mid off: This position can be found in front of batsman, inside thirty-yard circle on the off side.
Mid-on: This position can be found in front of batsman, inside thirty-yard circle on the leg side.
Long-off: This position is similar to mid-off, but the only difference is that the fielding position is located near the boundary line.
Long-on: The position is same as mid-on but the only difference is that it is located near boundary.
Pitches, wickets, and crease in cricket
Cricket is a game played between two teams and umpires who stand on field with the players officiate the match. The game is played by two teams. At a time, one team does the batting and another team does the bowling. There are certain parameters that limit the bowling and batting for the team and some of these parameters are pitch, wickets, and crease.
Pitch is a specially prepared area where all the key action of the game takes place. Batsman stands at one end of the pitch and bowler deliver the balls from another end of this pitch. The length of an official pitch is 22 yards and width is 10 feet. The pitch is a flat surface and tends to have little grass which fades away as the game progresses.