Intro to Batting : One has to hold the bat with one or both hands and stand in front of the stump. Its called the stance. A stance is subjective to 3 sticks (stumps) that are placed behind you. You need to stand in front of it. The three stumps are off, middle, and leg. One has to stand on leg stump so that one is aligned with the line of the throw(bowling) which comes from approx. 22 yards.