A Silly Point is called ‘silly’ because of the apparent dangers of fielding in that position. A silly point stands so close to the batsman that he doesn’t get time to react if the ball is hit hard. These days, players use protection while fielding close-in. They use shin guards, helmets, chest guards and box. So the danger gets reduced.
Earlier, people use to field at these dangerous positions without using protection. That practice stopped when Indian cricketer Raman Lamba died after being hit on the head while fielding close-in in a club match in Bangladesh in 1998.
The close-in positions are specialist positions and if a team doesn’t have a specialist, then the job to field there is given to the newest member of the team as everybody is reluctant to field close-in.