“Catch miss; match miss.” If you are a fan of cricket or a player or both; you must have heard this phrase. For picking the best catches, the importance of a well-organized fielding is enormous. It's true that when both of the batting and bowling performances are equal, fielding is the tie breaker. That is why cricket isn't all about batting and bowling; fielding is also important. In fact, this is one of the most important parts that impacts on the gameplay.
But from today it will be water clear to you if you stay with us till the end of this guide. Here we will discuss all the key point and some advanced tactics of fielding. By the end of this guide you will learn all the ins and outs of fielding.
So, let’s get started-
Analyzing the Batsmen
It's the very first step that you can't ignore because when you know your batsmen, their striking characteristics and also their weak points beating them with balls and fielding is easy. If this is your first match with any team that you have to do this task while playing.
But if the team is old and you have pretty much knowledge about that team then this is an easy task. In this case, a little homework will get you a good result in the field.
Are You Attacking or Defending?
According to the aggressiveness or weakness of the batsman captain should take decision wheatear, he will attack or defend the batsman.
When the tendency of the batsman shows weakness it's better to attack that batsman and those in particular who are not stickers. At such condition, you have to set the fielders in such position that they can take catches. You have to set the fielders close to the batsman. This will increase the possibility to catch the mishit shots.
Aggressive batsman! Then it's better you defend. Set the fielders near the boundary lines of the batsman popular striking area.
Setting up the Fielders in Different Sides
This is another consideration of placing the fielders. For your better understanding I have divided this into two distinct sections.
The Off-Side Fielding Theory
Generally, most of the fielders are placed on the off side. Here is the cause:
As most of the bowling deliveries are concentrated to the off stump or outside of the off stump, it results most of the shots are played on the off side.
So you have to put most of the fielders on that side, and it's generally between six. But in some cases, this can be up to 7 fielders.
Here it may seem that the leg side fielders have to work a lot, but it won't happen till the bowler maintain bowling outside off stump.
In the off side arrangement of the fielders will be like this:
- One in the slip position for catching the slipped ball from the wicket keeper.
- Gully, point, and cover – in each position will hold one fielder. They will take place in the middle position of field center and boundary line. They are setup for both having catch and defend boundaries.
- One fielder should be placed between gully and slip position but near the boundary line. Generally, called the third man. When the bowler bowls very fast, he will play a major role to defend the boundary shot that slips from gully, slips, point fielders, and wicket keeper.
But this is not the final setting that you have to maintain strictly. You can rearrange the fielders
The Leg-Side Fielding Theory
In the leg side, you have to set at least two fielders but generally not more than three. Most of the batsman have a rare tendency of striking in this area.
The setup of fielders will be something like this:
- One in the mid-wicket for grabbing catch as well as prevent boundaries.
- One in the square leg to pick up the mishit strikes.
- Another in the fine leg position who will defend the boundaries that slip from wicket keeper and the square leg fielder.
When the spinners apply leg theory, an opposite incident happens. In this case, most of the strike are taken to the leg side. So, here you have to arrange the fielders in an opposite order – 7 in the leg side and two in the off side. The arrangement of the seven fielders will be just like the arrangement of off side that I have discussed above.
But this is not the final placing that you have to maintain strictly. You can rearrange the fielders according to the circumstances of the field, your attacking or defending positions, and the tendency of both the bowlers and batsman. And sometimes you have to. In some matches, you have to change the fielding positions spontaneously when there are huge variations in the characteristics of the players of both teams. Especially whenever a new batsman; changing the fielding positions is a must just after judging him.
No Outcome if You Don’t Enjoy
You know a lot about fielding. But unfortunately, can't apply it. Or don't try to. Result?
If you and your team don't do fielding from heart, there won't be any outcome of this. You have to remember that cricket is not all about bowling and batting. It's a teamwork and fielding have a great impact on this. Sometimes defending one run can bring victory to your team.
So do it from the heart. Do it with joy.
According to your knowledge on fielding, you have to take the decision about our fielding positions. You shouldn't be confined within any boundaries of static rules; all you need is just defend the boundaries that the batsmen acre going to perform. Applying some instant knowledge in the field will get you the desired result.
For many people, cricket is just a game. But to me, it's more than that. To me, it's teamwork. I hope you will agree with me at this point. Especially while you are fielding, there is no chance of success without teamwork. Remember, together we stand strong.