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‘Take 150-200 catches a day, convert nervousness into positive energy’ – Maninder Singh’s mantra to become a good fielder

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The season of Tata IPL Edition 15 has brought a lot of surprises for the 10 teams this year. While the two newly added teams, Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans are scaling new heights, some of the existing teams like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are right at the bottom of the IPL points table.

Ever since the IPL began, experts and fans are seen scratching their heads behind the collapse of some teams and the skies are shining for some. According to veteran cricketer Maninder Singh of the 1980s and 90s, dropping catches is one of the primary reasons some teams are losing entire matches. But before Mr. Maninder says it, let’s take a look at some of the catches that teams later found cost them the entire match.

Example 1 – Match between CSK and RCB. Shahbaz Ahmed was on strike and Dwayne Bravo was on the delivery end. Shahbaz Ahmed was trying to hit the ball over deep mid-wicket where Mukesh Chaudhary was fielding and dropped an easy-looking catch, which helped Shahbaz score more runs.

Example 2 -Match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujrat Titans which was played on April 11th. In the 19th over when Bhuvanesh Kumar was delivering the ball, Abhinav Manohar tried hit the ball out of the boundary but the untimely shot led the ball in the air. The fielder standing beneath was Rahul Tripathi who dropped the easy looking catch and sparing Abhinav Manohar’s life. In the same over and the next ball, the similar looking incident took place where the ball went from the bat of Abhinav Manohar again, but this time it was the bowler himself trying to fetch the catch but Bhuvi also dropped the catch. These two catches can be said the losing factor behind SRH lose in that match.

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Example 3–Match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers where wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant dropping the catch and chance of Chinaman. Bowler was Kuldeep Yadav who is terrific in his form this year.

There is several-several examples in the league this year, where the cost of dropping catches have costed some teams dearly.

Well, coming back to the former cricketer Maninder Singh, who feel the dropping of catches are one of the de facto reasons behind big failures. Let’s know the reason and the remedy by Mr. Singh himself.

Technical reasons behind dropping of catches are primarily lights, dew, poor technique, nerves to name a few according to Mr. Singh, and the number one way to rectify this issue is “Practice” in fact “More and More Practice”. This is the only way.

Mr. Singh, recall one incident of his young times when he was just 15 years old and entered the Delhi Ranji Team. The youngster was given a suggestion by Madan Lal (Maddi Paa) which he still remembers He said,

“Fielding is the one department where you don’t need luck”

He further added,

“Fielding is the one department where you don’t need luck and the more effort you put into a practice session, the better you will become”

Mr. Singh suggested that in order to get rid of this issue is only by catching 150 to 200 catches a day which includes Short Catch, long catch, High catch, flat Catch. The luck factor doesn’t work in the fielding department and takes only hard work, effort and practice.

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