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SOME UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT FANTASY CRICKET FIELDING POSITIONS

We have often heard the commentators scream out very different things that we don’t know about! And, eventually, we all have listened to the statement “edged and taken at first slip.” Do you know what it is? These are some of the comments regarding the fantasy cricket fielding positions. Also, the statements like caught at gully, fielded at the backward point, or caught at cover! These are some of the comments which we sometimes hear from the commentators. These are the ubiquitous phrases that we hear in the field. But many people don’t know about their meaning. 

Undoubtedly, cricket is the most loved and most followed sport of India. People go crazy for the cricket matches and celebrate the tournaments like the Indian Premier League. Now, online fantasy cricket has taken over, and people are so much involved in it now. People play these cricket matches on online fantasy cricket and earn money as well. 

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For a real cricket fan, he would be knowing most of the fantasy cricket positions, but some people don’t know much about it. So for them, we can summarize all the fantasy cricket fielding positions so that they can also glimpse what they are not aware of!

There are some 12 unknown or less known facts about fantasy cricket fielding positions. 

SLIPS

It means when the batsman “slips” up or makes any mistake. By default, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd slips stand to the wicketkeeper’s right if we are talking about a right-handed batter, in a bid to snaffle up any chance presented by the batsman. Also, if we are talking about slips, there are some different kinds of slips in the field. There is a fly slip usually standing at the edge of the 30-yard circle and a leg slip. 

MID OFF/MID ON

It is a significantly less-known fantasy cricket fielding position. They are the midway positions from the fence to the left and right of the bowler. The terms mid-off and mid-on have come from “middle wicket off” and “middle wicket on.” Now, many people would know what we are talking about here in this aspect. This area is known to be the attacking one and is very critical as well. 

GULLY

It is also named accordingly. Also, the name has its derivation from its literal meaning. The literal meaning is a narrow channel or some gorge. It does its job as both a run-saving position as well as a catching position. It is at a meager pace in the cricket matches with limited over. But this position is primarily in test cricket matches. People know significantly less about this fantasy cricket fielding position. The aspects get a little different when it comes to online fantasy cricket.

COW CORNER

Please don’t believe in the name, and it is not any position related to cows! But it is a crucial fantasy cricket fielding position between deep midwicket and the wide long-on. Also, we still don’t know how this name came into the field. Many rumors have been there for the origin of this name, but we still don’t have a confirmation for any. But we still don’t know whether this theory is true or not. 

LONGSTOP AND STRAIGHT HIT

There are many instances when the player gets called for a no-ball when he is playing gully cricket. It is because one of the team’s fielders is already standing straight in line with the stumps. It is a legitimate fielding position spot, and many times umpires are standing there. You can correct them now with full knowledge. 

The long stop is the fielding position that is given straight just behind the line with the wicket-keeper in the match. On the other hand, when we talk about the straight-hit, it is seen just behind the bowler between the position of long-off as well as long-on. 

Now, these are some of the many unknown facts about the fantasy cricket fielding positions, which you could know now very confidently!

POINT

This fantasy cricket fielding position is also known as “Jonty’s corner.” It has its name after one of the best fielders, Jonty Rhodes. He made this fielding position on his own. In this fielding position, the player handles that zone as the ball travels rather quickly off the face of the bat. Then the chances of getting out of a batsman get doubled right there! It works both as a catching as well as an attacking site. Then we call it “point” because of the phrase “near the point of the bat.” When the teams used to play cricket in the earlier days, the fielders stood very close to the batsmen, but now when we see the teams playing in the field, the fielders are made to stand around the edge, and that is very far away from the batsmen!

SILLY POINT

This position very much corresponds to its name because if we see it, it is silly! It is because the fielder has to stand in such proximity with the batter that he is indeed taking it to some of the silly proportions. It is a position that is on the off-side. We could see it very close to the batsmen, and you all know why it is silly now.

THIRD-MAN

We still have no idea that how this name came into being. But with the pieces of evidence, in the early days, we could see the gap in the third slip and the gully. And when the ball came, it used to sneak past, which would lead to some additional runs for the team as well. This is the time when the captains decided to keep a fielder on the offside position between the gully and third slip, and from that time, it came out to be a third-man position in the field. It is also one of the fantasy cricket fielding positions which people still don’t know about. 

SWEEPER COVER

The names like these in the field are very much strange. We don’t know how they came into existence and who made their names. This is one of the fantasy cricket positions where the fielder has to cover a lot of ground on either side, which is deep on the offside, which is usually seen as sweeping the whole area. 

SQUARE-LEG

This fantasy cricket fielding position is for the fielder who has to stand at 90 degrees or on the perpendicular side to the pitch on the left side. This position goes similar to its name because it is put squarely on the leg side, which is very much close to the leg umpire also. 

WICKET-KEEPER

It is one of the most crucial fantasy cricket fielding positions on a cricket field. The fielder has to stand behind the wickets and take care of the hold of any edges off the bat that would come. It is a very important position. And it gets awarded to the very prompt player only! This player also has to keep the view of the entire ground as well, and he is also responsible for setting up the field. As we all know, in Indian Team, this position is of our legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni. 

LONG LEG

This is a position that is kept at a 60-degree angle to the batsman. The fielder who is present here has to stand midway between the square leg and the fine leg as well. It is usually the long part of the boundary on most of the cricket grounds. 

These are some of the very important but less known fantasy cricket positions that should be in the knowledge of the people who play cricket and are indulged in online fantasy cricket. So for this, we have a list of some 12 positions which you shall acknowledge.

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