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Harbhajan's field placement
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Move the mouse over the positions to understand Harbhajan's ideal field placements.
Wide long on:
To check, and protect, the only boundary that the batsman can aim for when he hits with the turn.
A major wicket taking delivery for Harbhajan is the one he loops high, and lands around off and middle, to make it kick and turn from just short of length. The length invariably forces the batsman to go back -- and the height the ball gains ensures he is playing off the hip or higher. This makes it harder to keep it down -- and puts leg slip in business.
Again, this fielder would be placed a few paces inside where the 30-yard circle would be in a one day game. The idea is to inhibit the quick singles, to keep the batsman on strike. This in turn invites the batsman to try and clear the fielder by hitting on the up with the turn -- and opens up wicket-taking opportunities for an offie varying the length and turn.
Mid on is pushed up, and fine. His positioning blocks the flowing drive with the turn off the front foot, and also the push on the wrong side of the bowler for the quick single and also the push on the side away from the bowler and across the pitch for the quick single.
This fielder is placed back -- typically, around the point where Harbhajan would have his bowling mark. Having shut down the other angles on the off side, the placement of mid off deep invites the batsman to try the drive -- opening up the possibility of error when the bowler imparts extra turn, or holds the ball back just a bit -- a favorite mode of dismissal, incidentally, of EAS Prasanna.
A short cover has several uses: One, it ensures that the batsman does not drive on the up against the turn, secondly it forces him to play very straight. And crucially, it keeps him from pushing softly out against the turn, to take the single and rotate strike
The placing of one gives the bowler the option of tossing one up just on length, and around a line just outside off stump. This brings the batsman forward in defence, and sharper turn, employed as variation, brings up the possibility of inner edge onto pad for the chance to silly point
Typically, this fielder would need to stand fine, in order to be in position for the edges going off the ball going through with the arm
The fielder is placed here to check the controlled sweep.