Cricket Fielding Positions – Deep Third Man

Cricket Fielding Positions

You can see the position of Deep Third Man in the above image.

Why is it called Deep Third Man?

The cricket fielding position ‘Deep Third Man’ is called so primarily because of the location it represents on the cricket field. In cricket terminology, ‘Deep’ refers to a fielding position far from the batter, ‘Third’ represents the third slip position, and ‘Man’ is a traditional term used for a fielder in cricket. So, ‘Deep Third Man’ signifies a fielder positioned further away in the direction of the third slip. It is typically employed to prevent boundaries, especially those resulting from edges and glides off the bat.

More recently, this position has been referred to as ‘Deep Third’, dropping the male element.

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.