The captain of any team needs to be seen and heard at all times. Everybody will turn to you for direction and you set the tone of your side.
Most people prefer to captain from slip or mid-off. But for me, there is a better option.
With the traditional approach, both are in direct line of the batsman to assess their technique and view.
From slip you can use hand signals to the rest of the field from behind the batsman’s back; as well as easy communication with the wicket-keeper, who has perhaps the best view on the field.
From mid-off you can communicate with the bowler.
However, could cover be the best place for the captain to field?
I’m convinced it is.
Firstly, cover is the most central fielding position on the off-side.
It also allows the captain to lead by example: attacking the ball for a prevented quick single, a full length dive, the potential run out chance; all things that can instantly lift the side.
It’s stationed halfway between the bowler and wicket-keeper, so it is possible to communicate easier with either during the over. As well as leaving those two positions to assess their view of the game individually, allowing you at cover to asses from a third position.
Cover also views the perfect view of the batsman in their stance, allowing you to make those initial judgements on their technique in order to exploit them early on.
Throw the vice-captain or a senior player at mid-off and slip to have someone you trust in the traditional view by all means, but captaining from cover gives a new assessment of the game.
Where do you like to field when you are in charge?