Cricket is India’s most beloved game. Though many of us claim to be gurus of cricket, there are certain terms we don’t know the meaning or logic of. Case in point is Silly Point, which is a fielding position.
Have you not marvelled at the stupendous catch taken at this position?
The archaic meaning of the word silly means ‘defenseless’. As the name suggests it is not a great position to be at. The Silly Point in cricket is the position where the fielder stands in close proximity of the batsman and is in danger of being hit.
Silly Point is always in the middle of the action and he is exposed to the danger of getting hit by the ball or the swing of bat.
Other two silly positions are:
Silly Mid-Off: A fielding position near to the wicket on the off-side of the batsman.
Silly Mid-On: A fielding position near to the wicket on the on-side of the batsman.
But Silly Point is considered as the boss of all fielding positions since it intimidates the batsman and fielder gets an edge over him. The best fielder of the team is often found at this place and he gets the 4D view of the ground from there helping him to strategize his move.