You can see the position of Deep Square Leg in the above image.
Why is it called Deep Square Leg?
The cricket fielding position is called ‘Deep Square Leg’ due to its location on the field. The “Deep” part of the name indicates that the player is positioned towards the boundary, far from the batter. The “Square” part refers to the angled position on the field, which is at a right angle to the batter, and the “Leg” part signifies that the position is on the leg (on-side) of a right-handed batter. Hence the name ‘Deep Square Leg’.
Looking to Improve Your Cricket Fielding
Improving fielding in cricket requires a blend of technique, agility, concentration, and anticipation. Here’s a guide on how you can become a better fielder.
1. Develop a Solid Basic Technique
For catching, start with the basics. Your fingers should point downwards for catches below the waist and upwards for catches above the waist.
When ground fielding, approach the ball with your head still and eyes level. Bend your knees, get low to the ground, and use both hands to stop or gather the ball.
2. Work on your Throwing Technique
Perfecting your throw is vital. A strong, accurate throw can make the difference between a run-out and a missed opportunity. Ensure you are side-on, your non-throwing arm pointing towards the target, and follow through with your throw.
3. Read the Game
If you’re aware of the batter’s strengths and weaknesses, you can predict where they might hit the ball. This is particularly useful for close-in fielders.
4. Practice with Purpose
It’s not just about quantity but quality. While repetition helps, ensure each practice session has a specific focus. For example, dedicate sessions to high catching, ground fielding, or direct hits.
5. Use Technology & Tools
Various tools and equipment, like rebound nets, can help improve your catching reflexes and ground fielding techniques.
6. Bonus Tip: Don’t let your head drop!
Stay positive even if you drop a catch or miss a run-out. Remember, even the best make mistakes. It’s crucial to shake off the disappointment quickly and be ready for the next ball.
Looking for fielding records, including catches, stumping, and run-outs? Records for all forms of the game can be found on ESPN Cricinfo.
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A-Z of Cricket Fielding Positions
We have covered all the cricket fielding positions — want to learn more? Just click the position you are interested in below.
- Backward Point
- Backward Square Leg
- Deep Backward Square Leg
- Deep Cover
- Deep Extra Cover
- Deep Fine Leg
- Deep Mid-wicket
- Deep Point
- Deep Square Leg
- Deep Third Man
- Extra Cover
- Fine Leg
- Forward Short Leg
- Leg Gully
- Leg Slip
- Long Leg
- Long Off
- Long On
- Short Cover
- Short Extra Cover
- Short Leg
- Short Mid-wicket
- Silly Mid-off
- Silly Mid-on
- Silly Point
- Square Leg
- Third Man