Cricket Fielding Positions – Slip

Cricket Fielding Positions

You can see the position of Slip in the above image.

Why is it called Slip?

The term ‘Slip’ in cricket is believed to have originated from the phrase ‘to slip a catch’, meaning to catch the ball before it slips or gets away. These fielders are placed behind the batter on the offside to catch balls that ‘slip’ through the bat and pad gap. The name’s specific origins are unclear, but the term has been used in cricketing terminology since the 18th century.

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.