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27 What's the legside and the offside?




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This article is from the RSC/UKSC Cricket FAQ, by Ganesh with numerous contributions by others.

27 What's the legside and the offside?

When a batsman takes his usual side-on stance, the side
towards his legs is his strong side and is called the "on"
side or leg side of the field. The other side is called
the "off" side.

For a Right Handed Batsman(RHB)


                          ----- 
                          | | |         stance of a right-hander 
                          | | |       / 
              offside<----| | |     / 
                          | |||  |/ 
                          |  ||  | --->legside 
                           --' --'     or onside 

For a Left Handed Batsman(LHB)



                       ------- 
                       |  |  |        stance of a left-hander 
                       |  |  |     / 
                       |  |  |---/-------->offside 
                     | | ||  | / 
      legside<-------|   |   / 
      or onside      `-- `-- 




 

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