Quite a few players have asked to me to write something about fielding positions. Our fielding is generally quite good, but we often have to resort to pointing at where we want fielders to go rather than, say, asking cover to go deep. I’ll come on to all those names in due course, but first let’s have a look at why we want fielders in particular places in the first place.
First of all, the very basics: ‘leg side’ is the side of the wicket on which the batsman stands (ie the left side for a right-handed batsman, the right side for a left hander), and the other side is known as the ‘off side’.
At the most fundamental level, we have catching positions, single-stopping positions and boundary-stopping positions.
Catches can be taken in any position, of course, but only a few are set specifically to take catches (unless the skipper and bowler have some sort of masterplan on the go). They are usually the guys around the bat: slip, gully and daft ‘n’ dangerous positions like silly point. To field here you need to have good catching hands, but perhaps most importantly concentration. There’s nothing worse than seeing an edge go to a slip fielder who isn’t watching or has his hands in his pockets.