The Positions in Cricket

The Positions in CricketNow that certain technicalities have been better explained, we shall now proceed to the positions that the different players take. Like in most other sports, there are a variety of different positions available on the field. However, unlike some other sports, one player will usually play multiple roles throughout the course of one game. The exception to this general operating procedure is the bowler, as their role usually requires a bit more specialization than the others. Even then, the bowler will at times take up the bat and hit a ball or two.

The most common position is that of fieldsman. It is, in fact, the position taken by every member of the team – save the current bowler – during their defensive turn. The only truly specialized position within the denomination of fieldsman is the wicket-keeper, who is positioned directly behind the wickets in order to a). catch a short shot made by the batsman or b). get an out by recovering the ball and hitting the bail before the opposite batsman gets to the wicket. Therefore, the wicket keeper is usually a player with exceptionally good reflexes.

The two other types of players are batsmen and bowlers. There are typically four or five batsmen on any given team, though that number will sometimes vary. Their job is, as might be guessed by their name, is to score runs by hitting the ball and running between wickets. The other type of players, usually called bowlers, exist typically in similar numbers to the batsmen. The the job of the bowlers is, similarly, to lob the ball down the cricket pitch towards the wickets, in the attempt to knock down the bails.

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