The Square Leg
When a ground is circular,
Why is a field position called the square leg?
Seems like the man naming it then,
Had been too high on a peg
Here this plays the spoilsport in the game.
Honourable Men, Don’t drink and
You may say anything,
But I know this poem was too lame.
Still it amazes me how a square leg in a circular field?
Square leg is as integral as the wicket-keeper. As I said, wicket-keeper keeps the bowler entertained, the square leg has no less job on hands. Think of the umpires who keep standing during the 3 hours of the innings in the heat with the minimal participation in the game. A square leg keeps them entertained every alternate over. Take the example of a comparison between a Metro Train and an barren island. Metro Trains are unfortunately better because they atleast have people around that makes it a better bargain than the deserted island. A square leg does not make the umpire feel lonesome.
Square legs promote brotherhood. Even if the umpires are not a part of the team, they are an important part of the game. A complete contradiction to our nature. We are dancers to our own tune. We care for our own, not knowing how important this society and its people are.
The actual reason why a Square Leg is called so because it lies square to the wicket or at an angle of 90 degree to the wicket. More than anything, Square Leg warns the students that Mathematics can come to use almost anywhere.
Thank you for reading, and thank you for your patience throughout this another lame post on iChetan.
(Just being Modest)