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Bio-Secure Bubble in Cricket due to Covid-19 pandemic


Bio-Secure Bubble in Cricket

Apart from disrupting this year’s sports schedule, the Covid-19 pandemic has even brought fresh rules and regulations and Standard Operating Procedures in sports to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19 infection.

The two recent tournaments where England acquired the victory cup – England versus West Indies Test series in July followed by England versus Pakistan Test series, were played in a safe ‘bio-bubble’ environment commonly known as ‘Bio-Secured Bubble.’ The test cricket series between West Indies and England which trended #raisethebat across the world. It has not only brought confidence in the resuming of cricket matches during these uncertain times. But, it has also educated others by introducing a fresh blueprint for hosting cricket tournaments.

Following the footsteps, the Indian Premier League (IPL) started in September 2019 in UAE. It has adapted the Bio-bubble environment. Even the upcoming football championship ‘Indian Super League (ISL) will follow the same guidelines. It will start in October 2020 and will end in March 2021.

Bio-Secure Bubble in Cricket due to Covid-19 pandemic

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What goes into a Bio-Secured Bubble?

An environment that has no physical contact with the outside world is simply what Bio-bubble means. The players, match officials, support staff, or anyone associated with the tournament who are confined to a specific space, a bubble are not permitted to interact with the outer world. During the tournament, they cannot meet their friends, family, or relatives and especially their fans. These measures will greatly minimize the transmission of Covid-19 infection.

What are the rules?

According to BBC, a Bio-Secured Bubble will only permit authorized sports staff, players, and match officials. But, they will get permission if their Covid-19 tests result in negative. Each individual will have to go through the tests on a regular basis. They will be in the isolation period in their respective bubble. They will get access to their assigned venues, hotels, matches, training sessions, and transportation.

The Bio-Secured Bubble Zones

The Bio-Secured Bubble will have different zones that will separate the match officials, franchise team members, hotel staff, medical staff, broadcast team, ground staff, transportation staff, and security personnel. Each individual will always remain in their allotted zones.

The new normal in Cricket

Maintaining a social distance is the new normal in cricket now. It feels that cricket has just begun a war against the Coronavirus. The players are put under a safe bubble for hosting all the cricket tournaments. The canteen’s seating arrangements are also designed in a way that each table will accommodate only one player. Apart from their regular health check-ups, the players must wear the mask the whole time and constantly sanitizing their hands. If the players order food into their assigned rooms then they will have to avoid social contact.

In IPL, we can see commentators sitting in India and covering the match played in the UAE. The inclusion of this rule by the Bio-Secured Bubble authorities. Because it aims to lessen the movement of many people to other countries and thus, reducing the chances of transmission.

No matter how disheartening it sounds, the matches will be played without the applause and cheering of the spectators. The stadiums will remain empty. Even the organizers of Bio-Secured Bubble doesn’t have any plans of incorporating artificially stimulate spectator sound for the players to remain motivated.

Effective measures before the beginning of the tournament.

The players participating in IPL landed in UAE much more in advance for extended practice sessions and self-quarantine. The extra time was crucial because they want to practice with the precautions. The players have to go into the quarantine period for a few days within their respective hotel rooms.

These effective measures were taken during the England/West Indies test series. So, the series becomes successful. The West Indies team landed weeks before the start of the match in England which provided them enough time for self-quarantine and extended practice sessions.

Advanced Technology

Bio-Bubble requires a great deal of advanced technology to reduce transmission risks. A UK-based technology and safety firm, Restrata had created and maintained the secure bubble during England/West Indies test series for which they have installed all the stadiums with Bluetooth Technology which can easily track as well as trace Covid-19 outbreaks or suspects. The software has also helped in checking whether the individual is maintaining the social distancing norms. The organizers were able to monitor if anyone is violating the rules or capacity limits norms within their specific zones.

The installation of similar technology is there for the Indian Premier League. Restrata has created it. IPL’s secure bio-bubble software comprises three technologies – Testing, Artificial Intelligence, and Contact Tracing. The software adapted COVID-19 regulations.

Testing: Regular testing of all the individuals and maintaining their health files.

Contact Tracing: It consists of three stages:-

  1. Identification Contact
  2. Listing Contact
  3. Follow-up Contact

This technology supports Bluetooth which has a six-foot detection range.

Artificial Intelligence: To monitor details in real-time, this technology automates continuous data collection and processing.

IPL authorities, the technology firm/ Restrata, and franchisees will be given an accreditation card or wearable containing a chip-enabled GPS device that can track & trace all the individuals all the time, and that too live.

Strict Actions if breached

If anyone will break the rules of the Bio-Secured Bubble, then strict action will be taken. Because it will put all the individuals at risk. The individual who disobeys the code will have to go through quarantine and has to undergo a COVID-19 test twice. The seriousness of the bio-bubble protocol was evident when Jofra Archer breached the protocol. After that, he receives the ban for the second test of the series. He was asked to test Covid-19 negative twice. And, he has to go through the isolation period as well. If the test comes negative twice, then he can play. His test came out negative, So he gets permission to play the third test.

How realistic is a Bio-Secured Bubble?

Many players including Rahul Dravid have expressed their doubts over the success of the Bio-Secured Bubble in cricket matches. He considered this experiment unrealistic. However, if every individual takes care of the protocols issued by the bio bubble, then there are very fewer chances of transmission of the virus. There is no contradiction that this Bio-Secured Bubble experiment will work in cricket’s favor during shorter matches, unlike the long-drawn test matches.

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First bowler to bowl two maiden overs in a match in the IPL History

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Mohammed Siraj becomes the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs in the IPL match. He created IPL history. He dismissed Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana in his first over. In his second over, he dismissed Tom Banton as well. But, where people say that cricket has now become a batsman’s game. He came out and bowled two-wicket maiden overs. It is unbelievable. The first one was a double-wicket maiden and the second one was a wicket maiden.

As per the plans, Washing Sundar was supposed to bowl that over. However, After the first over of Chris Morris, Virat felt that the ball is swinging. So, he gave them over to Mohammed Siraj instead of Sundar, and the rest is the history. Kolkata Knight Riders were in huge trouble because they lost their first four batsmen in the powerplay with a score of 17 runs.

The pressure is now again on the middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik. But, they failed to deliver. Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Dinesh Karthik on a googly. It is not easy to score runs when you are four-wicket down. It put huge pressure on the middle order. They scored 84 for 8 in 20 overs. Eoin Morgan was their top-scoring batsman with a score of 30 in 34 balls. Lockie Ferguson scored 19*in 16 balls. Kuldeep contributed 12 runs in 19 deliveries. Mohammed Siraj took three wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal picked a couple of wickets. Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini took a wicket each.

RCB chase the total quite easily in 13.3 overs. They won the match by 8 wickets. Devdutt Padikkal scored 25 runs in just 25 balls. He was playing well but he got run out. Lockie Ferguson dismissed Aaron Finch on 16. He came to bowl in the 7th over. But, he bowled brilliantly. If KKR introduced him earlier then it might be possible that RCB lost a couple of wickets more. But, it didn’t happen.

However, Gurkeerat Singh gets an opportunity to bat up the order. He came on Virat’s position because Virat wants to give him the opportunity to bat which could be helpful in the upcoming matches. Gurkeerat was unbeaten on 21 and Virat was unbeaten on 18.  The best moment was when RCB needed 1 run to win and Virat Kohli ran two runs. That was the moment of the day. Mohammed Siraj receives the Player of the Match award.

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MS Dhoni 200th IPL Match against Rajasthan Royals


MS Dhoni played his 200th IPL Match against Rajasthan Royals. But the things didn’t go in his favor because CSK lost the match. They are now in the bottom position in the points table. Nothing is going right for them. They are struggling to score runs and were unable to pick wickets.

Chennai Super Kings scored 125 for 5 in the 20 overs. They started poorly because they lost Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson in the powerplay. Sam Curran failed to convert the start and he gave his wicket away to Shreyas Gopal while trying to hit a six. At the halfway stage, they reached 56 for 4.

MSD and Jadeja have to rebuild the inning. They added 51 runs. But, Dhoni got run out when CSK needs to accelerate the scoring rate. He played a run a ball 28. CSK’s highest scorer was Ravindra Jadeja with a score of 35 in 30 balls. Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, and Rahul Tewatia picked a wicket each. But, there was no intent from CSK batsman to score the runs. However, Jadeja tried to hit the boundaries in the end. But, it wasn’t enough.

Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia bowled a brilliant spell as the duo gave only 32 runs in 8 overs and took two wickets. It was a brilliant bowling performance from them.

Rajasthan Royals started badly because they lost three wickets for 28 runs in 4.3 overs. The top-order batsman Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, and Sanju Samson failed. However, Steven Smith and Jos Buttler formed a match-winning partnership of 98 runs. Jos Buttler played a brilliant knock as he scored 70 runs in 48 balls.

Buttler’s knock was a game-changer because Smith was struggling to score as well. But, Buttler’s aggressive knock allowed Smith to play an anchor’s role. They won the match by 7 wickets and with 2.3 overs remaining. Deepak Chahar picked a couple of wickets. Josh Hazlewood took a wicket as well. Jos Buttler receives the Player of the Match.

Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood gave CSK  a chance. However, the other bowlers failed to deliver. Piyush Chawla was introduced to the attack in the 13th over. He gave 32 runs in his 3 overs.






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The Ban of saliva in cricket due to Covid-19 Pandemic


From Wimbledon 2020 to the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, this global pandemic has affected several sports tournaments all over the world. The schedule of various sports including cricket, in many nations of the world, took a drastic hit due to the wide-spreading novel the coronavirus that hit us earlier this year. The ban on Saliva means that players won’t be able to use saliva on the ball. They use saliva in order to shine the ball so that they can get some swing.

While the status of various tournaments still stands canceled. On the other hand, cricket lovers got lucky enough to witness the 13th edition of the Indian premium league this year. Cricket is like a religion in India. It is not just a sport. The IPL 2020 which is usually scheduled in April-May every year, was postponed for almost five months. Better late than never, right? As long as we get to cheer for our favorite teams this IPL season, I’m sure no one is complaining.

Interim changes in rules and regulations

Earlier in June this year, The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced many temporary changes in the cricket regulations, including the ban on using saliva on the cricket ball as we are amidst this terrorizing pandemic. We all know by now, that the coronavirus travels through saliva and mucus, and attacks the respiratory system of a person first. The world governing body also announced that the players displaying any symptoms of the coronavirus during a test match will be replaced. The match referee will suggest a suitable replacement. It was also decided that the home umpires shall be appointed in the international series. After considering the recommendations made by the Cricket Committee led by India’s former cricketer Anil Kumble.

Other temporary changes in regulations also include non-neutral umpires. There won’t be any neutral umpires due to covid-19. Locally based umpires from home grounds will get an opportunity. An additional logo is now being allowed on jerseys. The authorities confirmed that a logo not more than 32 square inches in size may be printed on t-shirts and sweaters worn by the players in test matches.

Three other logos will also be allowed as per the regulations. Rules will not be applied to ODIs and T20s until further notice, except the saliva ban. As of now, there is no confirmation when the ban will be removed.

The ICC also confirmed in a formal statement, that the CEC (chief executives’ committee) has given consent to the recommendations made by the global body’s cricket committee led by Anil Kumble, to make sure the players and the match officials remain in the best of their health and safety from catching the deadly virus when cricket resumes in the future.

The great saliva ban

The usage of the saliva on the cricket ball by fast bowlers since the beginning of time and therefore we must understand that abstaining from the use of saliva will pose a difficulty for experienced fast bowlers in the initial period. However, they can use their sweat to shine the ball instead of their saliva since the virus doesn’t spread through sweat.

Concerning the ban on using saliva to shine the cricket ball, we must understand that the fast bowlers tend to subconsciously use their sweat or saliva to shine their cricket ball just before delivering it to the batsman. It is a reflex of the bowlers to do so to create a greater swing in the air before reaching the bat. This technique is very much necessary later into the innings to maintain the excitement of some good cricket since the ball loses its maximum potential due to wear and tear during a long match.

The International Cricket Committee has advised the match officials to show some leniency with regards to the use of saliva on the ball in the initial few matches since it will take a little time for the players to adjust to the new rules. Nevertheless, it was specified by the authorities that violation of the saliva ban will get them a warning from the umpires in the initial period, but with subsequent instances and after two warnings per innings, a 5 run penalty to the batting side will be issued. Every time the saliva of a player touches a ball, the ball in question will be thoroughly cleaned by the umpire before getting on with the match.

Looks like breaking the saliva rule will have more repercussions than bowing a no-ball. Well! If players don’t want to lose 5 precious runs to the opposing team, the swing bowlers must learn to keep the ball saliva-free and look for other alternatives that help.

Extreme precautions and safety measures will be there by the whole organization, this IPL season. The players are being tested for the virus every five days and a close tab is being kept on their health to observe the onset of any covid-19 symptoms. The players are also advised to refrain from going anywhere other than cricket practices.

However, the no-saliva rule makes me wonder if this precaution will even work. Players sometimes tend to sweat, spit, and empty their noses on the field (a lot). With sweat still stroked off, the other two things are still very much seen as potential ways of acquiring the coronavirus. How will the authorities stop every one of these players from doing these things? Are we looking at more rules about not spitting or blowing their noses on the field, now? It is just highly impossible to keep track of every single one of these actions made by all these players individually.

Well! Only time will tell how cricket will survive these rules. Cricket has survived a million things all over the world. Like terror attacks, wars, serious injuries, or retirements of precious players over the decades. Let’s just hope it survives this pandemic too.

Any violations of the no-saliva rule lately?

Amidst an IPL match in Dubai, the Rajasthan Royals batsman Robin Uthappa was seen violating the ICC's Covid-19 protocol as he was shining the ball with his saliva while fielding against the Kolkata night riders. In a keen effort to score runs during the opposing team’s innings, the promising RR batsman failed to remember the new rule. Neither the player nor the team of Rajasthan Royals has faced any kind of warnings or penalties yet. Looks like they were lucky enough to get away with breaking the rules, this time. After all the umpires were asked to show a little leniency in the initial period of adjustment, weren’t they?

Cricket world without the controversial ‘saliva”

While players are working their backs off on the fields. The experts are indeed looking for alternatives that will help bowlers swing the ball like saliva. Maybe the idea of using external substances to shine the ball will soon gain some momentum. Meanwhile, it’s best that the cricket players soon adapt to the no-saliva game as the new normal. Man people have given their suggestions and point of view regarding cricket after this ban.

Mohammed Shami fears that the reverse swing might become a thing from the past and that sweat might make the ball softer and heavier. Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav think that drift will be a problem without saliva. This rule will affect spinners too. Sachin Tendulkar suggested a brilliant idea of replacing the old ball with a new one after 50 overs or just using wax instead of saliva or sweat.

Anil Kumble pitched in a great suggestion too when he spoke about how the players should “rework the pitches, instead of playing around with the ball”.

Some international players didn’t like the ban. Because they think that “cricket is boring without saliva” and that “cricket might
not be the same anymore”.

Final comments

So, well! As per the new rules, sweat instead of saliva to swing the ball. Appointing home umpires and saying no to neutral umpires, an
additional review per innings, and the attire change. Let’s hope that world cricket survives these big rules. To meet the objectives of keeping the players and the other match officials safe from the coronavirus, while still maintaining some essence in this game of





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Dinesh Karthik stepped down as Kolkata Knight Riders Captain


Dinesh Karthik Stepped Down

Dinesh Karthik stepped down as Kolkata Knight Riders Captain. England’s Skipper will replace him and will lead the side against Mumbai Indians. He becomes the second England player to lead the side in IPL(Indian Premier League). The first one was Kevin Pietersen.

Dinesh Karthik met Eoin Morgan and the head coaches and decided to step down and says that it will benefit the team and he wants to focus on his batting.

He was going in the correct direction with his captaincy because the team was standing in the top four positions and he did not have to step down. They have won four games out of the seven matches they have played. So, the decision was a big surprise. He has scored just 108 runs in 7 games and his batting average is 15.43. His batting average is really poor this season. So, he was looking to focus on his batting.

KKR CEO said that we are lucky to have a leader like DK who wants the best for the team. Because it requires a lot of guts to do that. But, it was not an easy decision to make. The decision was quite surprising but we respect his decision and applauded him for his leadership in the 2-3 years. Eoin Morgan agreed to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders team. He has a great experience in captaincy as he is a 2019 World Cup-winning captain.

 In 2018, Dinesh Karthik was announced as the KKR captain. He replaced Gautam Gambhir. In his leadership, they reached the playoffs but got eliminated in the next round. It was a fantastic season for him. He scored 498 runs with an average of 49.8.


Why Dinesh Karthik stepped down as KKR captain?

It is said that he took the decision to lay more emphasis on his batting and improve his contribution to the team.

Who is the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021?

Eoin Morgan

Who is the vice-captain of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021?

Dinesh Karthik

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Fastest ball in IPL History I Fastest Ball I Cricketfile


When Did It Happen?

Unlike what most people think, Shaun Tait is the one who bowled the fastest ball in IPL. He achieved this feat in 2011 while Aaron Finch was batting.


The speed of this delivery was 157.7 Kilometres Per Hour.

Tait’s Record In IPL To Date


He used to represent the Rajasthan Royals franchise.

Fastest Deliveries In Recent Indian Premier League Seasons

2021148.73Kagiso Rabada
2020156.22Anrich Nortje
2019154.23Kagiso Rabada
2018152.39Jofra Archer
2017153.56Pat Cummns

Interestingly, no Indian bowler seems to have achieved the feat of bowling the fastest ball in an IPL season. Hopefully, it will happen in the upcoming seasons and a young talented pacer will be clocking more than what the current record stands at.

Kagiso Rabada of the Delhi Capitals is one of the fastest bowlers as of now. He might have had a chance of bowling more than 148.73 Kmph in 2021 but unfortunately the season ended midway.

Factors That Affect Bowling Speed

  • Fitness
  • Technique
  • Bowling action
  • Run up style
  • Point of release
  • Height of the bowler

Fastest Ball In IPL 2020

Anrich Nortje is Delhi Capitals dependable fast bowler. He bowled the fastest bowl in the IPL History against Rajasthan Royals on the 14th of October on Wednesday. The speed was 156.22 kph. He says that he didn’t realize at that point in time that it was the fastest ball bowled in the Indian Premier League.

Anrich Nortje said that I am working hard to give my best for the team. But, Jos Buttler scooped on the fastest delivery. That was unbelievable! But, he dismissed him on the next delivery after getting smashed for 16 runs. It was an incredible effort from Anrich Nortje as he kept on attacking stumps with the pace. He showed the intent to pick wickets in the match. Because you have to take wickets if you want to win matches.

He receives the Man of the Match award. He gave 33 runs in his four overs and picked two wickets. Buttler smashed 16 runs in his first 5 balls. But, he came back well as he gave only 17 runs in the next three overs and took wickets as well. Five fastest balls bowled in IPL History That is incredible!





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Wicketkeeping is an art I Wicketkeeping I Cricketfile



Wicketkeeping is an art. It requires a lot of concentration and focuses because the wicketkeeper is the only player who receives the ball maximum times in the match. He must be alert and attentive throughout the game. If you want to stump a batsman or run out a batsman, then there is a technique for it. But, there are guidelines that need to be followed.
Players use different techniques that are quicker and simpler because they have to do all the hard work in a fraction of seconds. If they don’t use a proper technique, then they can miss catches, stumping, or run-outs and can get injuries as well. Wicketkeeping is the only player on the fielding side who wears gloves and pads and has to sit in a squatting position throughout the match.
It requires a lot of mental and physical strength. The squatting is done in order to get a good view of the ball which helps in collecting the ball quickly. It becomes really difficult for a keeper to keep wickets in the longer formats. There must be a proper wicketkeeper in the team. Otherwise, it could leak runs behind the wicket.
The player who stands behind the wicket in the game of cricket is known as a wicketkeeper. His role is to take a catch or stump the batsman or run out a batsman. Now, days wicket-keeper has also been given the duty of judging the DRS (Umpire Decision Review System) review. He can share his views and can suggest to the skipper( captain) whether to take the DRS or not. Because they have the best visibility and can judge it easily in comparison with the other players.
The harsh reality is that it is a batsman’s game. If a batsman scores a half-century or century everyone remembers it. But, no one will remember if a wicket-keeper takes five catches in a match. That is why it is considered a thankless job. However, if he drops a catch, then everyone remembers it.
There is a lot of training for your legs and strength training exercises, catching practice, diving catches, running, and sprinting which need to be done. Everyone has to prepare for the training as per their body. The more you practice, the better you will become. Being a wicketkeeper, you can’t wait for the opportunity to come your way. You have to be creative and take initiative in order to make things happen. That is why wicketkeeping is an art.
It is important to maintain a head position and balance. Otherwise, you won’t be able to collect the ball. If a bowler appeals for LBW, all the players turn up towards the wicketkeeper because he is standing behind the wicket and he is in the best position to judge whether it is out or not. Then, he can share his views with the captain. It is really difficult to keep wickets on a turning track or on the 4th or 5th day in the longer formats.
The keeper must be observant and need to stand accordingly for the bouncy wickets or low bounce wickets and need to keep in mind the direction of the wind. He needs to be prepared for the fast bowlers, medium pace, or spinners. Because the different technique is required for different bowlers. Some people find it easier to keep wickets on a turning track or some people like flat tracks. It depends on person to person.
More opportunity arises for the wicketkeeper in the turning tracks. Because spinners came into the picture and produce more edges for the keeper or the person standing at the slips. So, the keeper needs to be super alert. Because the ball can come at any time and you cannot miss the opportunities that are coming your way. There is a saying that if you drop catches, you lose matches.

A wicketkeeper and a batsman have few similarities like stance and balance. It needs to be correct in order to judge gather the ball quickly and can stump out the batsman. For that, he needs to do a lot of hard work. The more he practices, the better he will become. If a keeper is technically correct, then he does not need to dive much. But, if his technique is not good, then he would have to dive a lot. Because he is facing difficulties in judging the ball and due to which he would not be able to gather it correctly. But, if he dives a lot, then it might save him.

If a keeper faces a back issue or pain in the neck, then it indicates that he is not using the right technique. He needs to work on his technique if he wants to correct it. So, he does not face any issues. In case if he is finding it difficult to move, then he needs to work on his stance. That will help in improving Wicketkeeping skills.

The most underrated partnership is between the wicketkeeper and the bowler. On many occasions, both the keeper and the bowler make plans for the batsman. And they sometimes bowl outside the off-stump or outside the leg stump. So that they can create mistakes from the batsman so that they can dismiss him.

Sometimes, a bowler bowls a bad delivery down the leg side. But, the keeper needs to try and make sure that he saves the ball from going to the boundary through his dive. It will give a boost to the bowler if he saves the boundary.

The trust factor is the most important thing in this partnership. If a bowler won’t discuss the plans with the keeper, then it might be possible that even the keeper misses the stumping chance or catch. A wicketkeeper needs to have an understanding of which bowler will bowl which delivery. And what variations the bowler has and when he is going to use it.





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Cricket Fielding Position | Position Names | Cricketfile


How Cricket Fielding Position plays an important role in cricket?

In order to judge a Fielding, a cricketer needs to have a sense of distance, speed, and time. And, they have to act accordingly. It is really difficult to act quickly because your reflexes need to be really good in order to catch the ball. Otherwise, you could drop a catch. It is really important to be a good fielder. Because a good fielder will always save runs for the team. And it will boost the confidence of the team, captain (skipper) and the bowler. Cricket Fielding Position is also important because if the fielders are not placed in the right position, then it could leak runs.

When the batsman hits the ball, then a fielder needs to reach towards the ball and throw it towards the keeper or the bowler. It seems to be easy to ready. However, it is really difficult when you have to do that on the field. Fielders can get the batsman out by catching the ball or through run out.

There are two types of cricket fielding position:

  1. Off-side

  2. On-side (leg-side)

A fielder can use their body as well for stopping the ball from going towards a boundary. However, if any part of the body found touching the rope, then it will be signalled a boundary. So, they need to be cautious as well and need to know exactly the distance gap between them and the boundary rope.

But, if a player deliberately uses the hat or their cap, then it will be considered as a dead ball and five runs penalty will be awarded to the batting side. Furthermore, the batsman will also be considered as not out.

As per the new ICC rules, if any fielder tries to misguide the batsman while trying to move deliberately to have the ball in order to fool a batsman. It will be considered as a punishable offence.

Cricket Field Position

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Skills required for fielding in Cricket Field Position

  1. A fielder who is standing closer to the batsman must have quick reflexes so that he can react quickly and can gather the ball.
  2. A fielder must be consistently good at taking a catch. Because if you will drop the catch, then you can lose the match.
  3. It requires full focus and concentration.
  4. It requires a lot of practice and hard work.
  5. Good diving in order to stop the ball.

Types of cricket fielding position in cricket

1. Wicket-Keeper:– The wicket-keeper is the most important field position. Because the ball reaches towards the wicketkeeper maximum number of times in comparison with any other fielder. He needs to be alert all the time because anytime a ball can come towards him either for a catch, stump, run out, etc. Now, days, they are also taking responsibility for judging the DRS( Decision Review System) incident. He can give suggestions to the captain(skipper) on whether to take a review or not.

2. First Slip:- A fielder who has to stand closest to the wicketkeeper. If a right-hand batsman will bat, then he will stand right side of the wicketkeeper in the first position. If a left-hand batsman will bat, then he will stand on the left side of the wicketkeeper in the first position.

3. Second slip:- A fielder who has to stand closest to the slip fielder one and will be the second person standing closer to the wicketkeeper. If a right-hand batsman will bat, then he will stand right side of the wicketkeeper in the second position. If a left-hand batsman will bat, then he will stand on the left side of the wicketkeeper in the second position.

4. Third Slips:- A fielder who has to stand closest to the slip fielder two and will be the third person standing closer to the wicketkeeper. If a right-hand batsman will bat, then he will stand right side of the wicketkeeper in the third position. If a left-hand batsman will bat, then he will stand on the left side of the wicketkeeper in the third position.

5. Long Stop:- A fielder who stands behind the wicketkeeper towards a boundary rope. You hardly see any player standing in this position.

6. Third man:- A fielder who stands behind the wicketkeeper on the offside (approx 45 degrees) near the boundary rope and collects the ball that goes between the slip and the gully.

7. Gully:- A fielder who stands on the offside and between the point and slip position. The ball travels very quickly at this position. So, the fielder must be alert and prepared.

8. Short leg and a Silly Point:- A field that stands closer to the batsman in order to take a catch. But, he has to wear a helmet and pads in order to get some protection. Because he is standing too close to the wicketkeeper.

9. Point:- A fielder who stands at the left side of the right-hand batsman and left side to the left-hand batsman towards the wicket.

10. Extra cover:- A player who is placed between the cover fielder and mid-off.

11. Deep Extra Cover:- If the cover fielder is asked to come closer to the batsman in order to attack the batsman.

12. Mid-off:- A fielder who is positioned to save a cover drive boundary or quick singles from a 30-yard circle.

13. Long-off:- A fielder who is positioned to save a boundary on the offside and is standing straight and a left side and near the boundary rope.

14. Straight Hit:- A fielder that stands behind the bowler at the boundary line in order to stop a straight boundary. It is between the bowler and the side screen.

15. Mid On:- A fielder who is standing on the leg side that is between the square leg and the mid-on.

16. Long-on:- A fielder who stands on the straight and leg side near the boundary rope.

17. Forward Short Leg:-  A fielder who is positioned to catch the ball that is not deliberately hit by the batsman.

18. Mid Wicket:- A fielder who stands on the leg side that is between square leg and mid-on.

19. Leg Slip:- A fielder who has to stand closest to the wicketkeeper. If a right-hand batsman will bat, then he will stand on the left side of the wicketkeeper in the first position. If a left-hand batsman will bat, then he will stand on the right side of the wicketkeeper in the first position.

Restriction on the cricket fielding position

The skipper of the fielding unit has the power to decide the fielding positions. However, if a bowler wants to change the field positions, he can also do it after having a discussion with the captain.

Here are the rules:-

  1. A fielder cannot stand on the pitch because it is the central part of the area and can disturb the concentration of the batsman if he moves a single step. And, It would be difficult for the batsman to take a run.
  2. Overs 1 to 10 is powerplay 1. In powerplay 1, only two players can stand outside the 30-yard circle.
  3. Overs 11 to 40 are powerplay 2.
  4. Overs 41 to 50 are powerplay 3.
  5. A fielder cannot make a move until the ball reaches the batsman. This rule is for the fielders who are standing closer to the batsman. However, the fielders who are standing away from the batsman( outside the 30-yard circle can move.

The above rules are for ODI(One Day International) cricket. In case, if an umpire finds that there are more than two fielders standing outside the 30-yard circle. Then, it will be a no-ball. If anyone will break this rule, then the umpire will call it a dead ball. The restrictions are there so that the fielding unit does not put a lot of players on the boundary rope in order to save runs.

Cricket Fielding Position Tips

While cricket is commonly referred to as the batsman’s game, that doesn’t mean that fielding isn’t as much as important. By setting appropriate fielding, vital runs can be easily saved which implies a smaller target to be chased by the batsmen.

This also implies that better fielding tactics can ease off some undue pressure off the chests of the batsmen. The type of field which is most suitable depends on a variety of factors. Some of them are as follows.

  • The personal playing style of the batsman who is on the crease batting
  • Bowler’s expertise
  • The current condition of the pitch
  • What type of bowler actually is bowling?
  • The situation of the match in progress

All these things ought to be kept in mind while setting up the fielding positions against the opposition team.

Another important point to check for while setting up a proper field is that the players on both sides of the pitch should form a straight line somewhat in line with the pitch.

Failure to do so might expose greater gaps which the batsman might try to exploit. But this is just a theoretical approach to things and sometimes a different type of fielding arrangement might also work.

An essential point to note is that setting up fielding positions after taking into account all these factors might still be ineffective as the success mainly depends on the performance of the fielders and the bowler as a team.

Effective techniques of setting up fielding are only learnt when a particular player or skipper plays a lot of matches for the particular cricket team.

The fields are of two types, defensive and attacking and the main difference between the two is as follows:

  • Attacking Fielding: This is used when the team wants to build pressure on the opposition by taking wickets.
  • Defensive Fielding: This is used to save runs from scored when the bowlers are performing poorly

Attacking Fielding Position

  • Introduction

The team captain, which is fielding, can set any field he wants, but he chose the attacking fielding position if he wants to put some additional pressure on the batsmen on the crease. There are also other situations when he would make this choice.

  • Characteristics of attacking fielding position

In this section, we will like to explain some of the characteristics of attacking fielding position. Here they are.

1.  Fielders close to the batsman

This is one of the main highlights of an attacking fielding position. The number of slips is also increased irrespective of whether the bowler is a spinner or a pacer. For a pacer, the captain may include a gully while for a spinner, a silly point or short leg can be placed.

2. Focus on taking wickets

The fielding team’s primary focus is on taking wickets under this kind of fielding set up. This becomes extremely important in the cases which we will be discussing later.

3. Caution is taken by batsmen while facing it.

Batsmen take extreme caution while this type of fielding is set because the last thing which they would want to do is lose their precious wickets and weaken their team in the match.

4. When is the attacking fielding position used?

The attacking fielding position is used in the following cases:

  1. When the other team is trying to draw the match
  2. When the other team is pressurized
  3. Against new batsmen
  4. When the pitch is bowler-friendly
  5. With a completely new ball

The attacking fielding position can be used in many scenarios besides what we listed above. It is up to the skipper to decide upon when to do so. It does have many benefits, but like most things, it has drawbacks as well. When should one use it or not, it only comes with experience.

Defensive Field Position

  • Introduction

A defensive field position is a type of fielding position in which fielders are set so that it becomes difficult for the batsmen to score runs. We will also be discussing in which cases it is generally used. We will now be discussing some of its characteristics.

  • Characteristics of defensive field position

1. Many fielders are placed close to the boundary.

This is done to prevent the batsmen from scoring a boundary. Also, these fielders can catch the attempted big shots by the batsmen intended for a six.

2. Some fielders are also stationed near the 30-yard circle.

The reason behind this is to stop the occasional singles and try to build up some pressure on them. This might lead to them doing something reckless and losing their precious wicket.

3. When is the defensive field position used?

The common cases when the defensive field position is used are:

  1. When the given bowler is a weak one, the captain might then decide about it to prevent valuable runs.
  2. When the pitch isn’t bowler-friendly: The batsmen, in this case, have an advantage that can be neutralized by making use of this field position
  3. The batting side is scoring runs heavily: For sure any skipper will want to stop the flow of runs.
  4. When the batsmen have settled on the pitch: They might start hitting big strokes and hence the need.
  5. When the required run rate is high: The best way to build pressure in cases like these.

You now know what a defensive field position actually is and how it is commonly used. Of course, there can be more cases too, where the fielding team’s skipper might make use of it. If you know of some real-life incidences like these, feel free to drop them in the comments section.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

What are the positions in cricket fielding?

The positions in cricket fielding are Deep Fine Leg, Short Fine Leg, Leg Slip, Long Leg, Leg Gully, Deep Square Leg, Square Leg, Short Square Leg, Sweeper, Deep Mid-Wicket, Mid-Wicket, Short Mid-Wicket, Forward Short Leg, Long On, Mid On, Silly Mid On, Straight Hit, Long Off, Mid Off, Silly Mid Off, Deep Extra Cover, Extra Cover, Cover Point, Cover Sweeper, Deep Point, Point, Silly Point, Deep Gully, Gully, Third man, Long Stop, Fly Slip, Third Slip, Second slip, First Slip, and Wicket Keeper.

How many cricket fielding positions are there?

There are 36 cricket fielding positions in cricket. Although, the captain of the team who is fielding can sure try some variations besides the traditional fielding positions. Setting the fielders properly is quite essential, especially if one wants to build up some pressure on the batting side.

How did cricket fielding positions get their names?

Some of the conventions that are followed while naming fielding positions are dependent on the angle which a fielder makes concerning the batsman and the fielder’s distance from the batsman. The names also are different when a right-handed batsman bats than when a left-handed batsman bats.

Which fielding position is nearest to the batsman?

The fielding position, which is closest to the batsman, depends on a lot of things. While a spinner is bowling, it will be the wicketkeeper as he has to stand just right behind the stumps. The same can be true in case a medium pacer is bowling. In other cases, it is either the short leg or the silly point.

What is 3rd man in cricket?

The 3rd man, is a fielding position in cricket. The third man is situated on the offside and is kept near the boundary. He is also most often in line with one of the slips. The term ‘third man’ originated because the fielder is a third player who has to compliment the gully and the slips.

Can a sub fielder be a wicketkeeper?

Yes, a given substitute fielder can act as a wicketkeeper. But the condition is that he has to take the consent of the on-field umpires. This did not use to be the case before and is one of the recent changes to cricket laws. But he/she isn’t allowed to bowl.

Which is not a fielding position in cricket?

A fielding position which isn’t recognized a fielding position isn’t a fielding position in cricket. This type of question typically comes as a cricket quiz question. Hence, it is recommended that you familiarize ourself with the known cricket positions either by watching a game or by playing it yourself.

Can a fielder move while bowling?

A given fielder for sure isn’t allowed to move in any way he wants after the bowl is released by the bowler. He can only move towards the batsman in a straight line and in such a way that it shouldn’t change his fielding position (implying one can’t just run towards the batsman).

What is the long leg in cricket?

The long leg is a lesser-known cricket fielding position. It is a bizarre fielding position since it is directly behind the batsman and almost in line with the wicketkeeper. It is quite a rare occasion to see a captain of the fielding team making use of this position in particular.

Which side is the leg side in cricket?

This question confuses a lot to those who are newbies to the game of cricket. The thing is, the leg side isn’t fixed in the game of cricket. It varies depending on what type of batsman is batting. If a right-handed batsman is batting, then it is on the right-handed side of the bowler and vice versa.

What is a fly slip in cricket?

While you might be thinking that a fielder fielding on the fly slip position might be nearer to the regular slips, but this isn’t the case. The fly slip is somewhat near to the 30 yards circle. Some even refer to it as ‘flying slip’ but that isn’t its other name.

Can a fielder stand outside the boundary?

There isn’t a specific rule prohibiting this but the rules of cricket do state that a fielder will be considered as ‘grounded beyond the boundary if he stands out of the boundary after the delivery is bowled. There isn’t any kind of penalty listed as well for doing this thing.

Can two wickets fall in one ball?

It can’t happen as per the laws of cricket that are in place right now but there is a hypothetical scenario that might be quite close to this. Imagine a batsman gets dismissed on one bowl and the next batsman is timed out. But this isn’t exactly equal to two wickets falling on a single delivery.

Can you be caught off a fielder’s helmet?

This too wasn’t considered to be out before but changes were made to the laws of cricket and now, a batsman will be considered as dismissed after he hits a shot and if the shot hits a fielder or wicketkeeper’s helmet and then the catch is taken by another player.

Where do the best fielders field in cricket?

While people might argue that the best fielders field on almost every fielding position. But there are positions which are quite crucial and hence, need best fielders to be placed there. Some of them are forward short leg, extra cover, slips, gully, and point. Still, some fielders excel at other positions as well and do their job.

Can a wicket-keeper bowl?

Of course, a wicketkeeper can bowl. Those who follow cricket regularly know this as a fact. There has even been an instance when wicketkeepers of both the teams had bowled in the same match. And guess what, they were the captain of their respective teams too. You can find out about this incidence here.

Who is the best slip fielder?

The best slip fielder to date is Rahul Dravid. He also holds the record for being the person who has taken the greatest number of catches in international test cricket. He was known as someone who would rarely drop a catch while fielding as a slip with the wicketkeeper.

Is a straight fielder allowed?

The answer to this question is dependent on the context. If you are talking straight in front of the batsman, then it isn’t allowed but if you are asking if a fielder in line with the batsman is allowed behind the wicketkeeper then yes. There is even a dedicated fielding position known as the long leg for this.

How many fielding positions are there in cricket?

There are more than 20 fielding positions in cricket. Needless to say, the positions aren’t rigidly fixed but there are some restrictions and rules that are to be complied with.

How do you set a fielding position in cricket?

As a captain, it depends on a number of facts regarding how you should be setting a fielding position. They include the type of pitch, batsman’s calibre, skill and type of bowler etc.

Which is the best field setting in cricket?

The best field setting is the one that is finalized after taking the match situation in mind. It must be reassessed and reevaluated as well and small tweaks must be made if necessary.

Which is the best fielding position?

If we talk about comfort for the fielder, then long on or long off is the best one. When it comes to difficulty, slips are the ones that are one of the most difficult ones as they require focus and great reaction time for difficult catches.

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BCCI is on a mission and has implemented the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme so that it can curb age fraud. In the scheme, they have mentioned that if any player will voluntarily admits that they have done the age fraud and provide the correct date of birth will not be suspended.BCCI has given players the time to share the correct documents with BCCI’s Age Verification Department.
They can submit the documents by the 15th of September 2020. Players who didn’t admit and provide the correct details and documents will be banned for two years. They won’t be eligible to participate in any of the tournaments hosted by BCCI or state associations. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that players need to punished who are not obeying the rules.
NCA Head Rahul Dravid applauded Sourav Ganguly for his thoughts and encouraged players to come ahead and admit their mistakes. Many players failed to get an opportunity for playing in the age group because of some players who do the age fraud. That is the reason BCCI is on a mission so that it does not happen with anyone.

 Manjot Kalra has been handed a one-year ban by DDCA for age fraud. Nitish Rana is suspected of providing a tampered document. However, he has time to share the correct details.

Uttar Pradesh has requested BCCI to take a call on Shivam Mavi’s case. But, Jammu and Kashmir have decided to put a ban on Rasikh Salam for two years for the same offense.

The players who are in the age group of 14 and 16, can register for U-16. They have stated that if the age fraud is of more than two years then players won’t be eligible for participation in the under-19 tournaments.

The voluntary Disclosure Scheme gives an opportunity to the players to provide the right documents otherwise they will have to face a two-year ban for not obeying the rules.





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Rajat Bhatia has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. He has been playing in Indian domestic cricket for 20 years. He started his domestic career with Tamil Nadu and played two seasons for them. Rajat Bhatia has appeared in 112 Ranji games. He has scored 6482 runs and took 137 wickets.

He has played IPL till 2017 and his slow medium pace bowling was pretty useful in the format. Unfortunately, he was not able to play at the top level. But, he played well in the domestic circuit.

His batting average was 49.10 and scored 17 centuries and 30 half-centuries. In List A games, his batting average was 41.05 and scored 3 centuries and 19 half-centuries.

He played a crucial role in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy victory in 2007. He scored 512 runs in seven outings. Rajat Bhatia has played for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals. In IPL 2012, KKR won the title in which he picked 13 wickets.




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