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Fielding at point
This position is usually where you'll find the best fielder in the team.

Found square of the wicket on the off-side, it's an important position for stopping forceful shots off the back foot like the square cut.

There are a few different positions in that area:

  • Backward point
  • Silly point

    Backward point is slightly behind square of the wicket, while silly point, as the name suggests, is not a great place to field.

    Most commonly used when a spin bowler is in action to snap up any bat-pad chances, it involves standing just a couple of yards from the batsman, square of the wicket on the off-side.

    They're often jumping around trying to protect themselves when the batsman plays a big shot on the off-side.





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