Fielding is one of the basic parameters during gameplay. When a batsman nudges the ball to any part of the ground, fielders quickly pick up the ball and deliver it to the striker’s end or at the non-striker’s end.
If suppose a cricketer makes a sloppy effort on the field, he concedes unnecessary runs. The cricket fraternity has seen several lazy fielders over the years. However, with cricket boards introducing mandatory fitness tests, cricketers have maintained good shape.
Thus, a cricketer doesn’t make too many silly errors. However, apart from that, there is something else fielder should possess, which is concentration. Any lapse of concentration may put the fielder in trouble.
So it is necessary to be active on the field. Meanwhile, a fielder patrolling at slip requires quite a task, effort and skill. One needs to be super sharp so much to an extent that they have to react to the situation in a split second.
The game of cricket has seen several players taking sharp catches at slip. Take for instance, in Indian cricket, players like Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar have taken brilliant catches at slip and set a great example in their heydays.
At present, cricketers like Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli have perfected the art of taking superb catches at the slip. Even Rohit Sharma has by far done a brilliant job by taking good catches at the slip.
Premeditation tactic pays off
Premeditation is something that you don’t often see in cricket. However, there are players who try to make an extra effort to make it count on the field. They have done that time and again to expect good results.
Although premeditating tactic may not work at times, trying is definitely not a bad idea. While the game has seen scintillating catches so far, there are not many catches that are anticipated ones. Meanwhile, a player from South Africa proved why making a premeditated move yields results.
Watch the video below:
Slip fielder shows great anticipation
During South Africa’s 50-over provincial game, a fielder hogged the limelight for his catch. He pulled off a world-class effort to grab the catch in his safe pair of hands. Everyone is in awe of his effort because of his spectacular tactics. Initially, he positioned himself at first slip and when the batsman decided to sweep the ball, he moved towards the leg slip.
His anticipation was spot on as he took the catch with perfection. The video clip is doing the rounds on social media. Anyone can take a catch but it is not that easy to take an anticipated catch. One can’t take this sort of catch without anticipation and above all, making the right move at the right time can be the key. Initially, the ball was a bit far from his side.
But before the ball landed safely, he put in a full-blooded dive to catch it with both hands in a sensational manner. There is no doubt that South Africa produced great fielders.
The likes of Jonty Rhodes, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers. On the other hand, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla have been well and truly sharp at the slip in Test cricket.