Cricket is often dominated by the heroics of the batsmen. The deeds with the willow by various batsmen has earned them a page in the history of world cricket. The bowling fraternity is not to be left behind and also contributed in its own way and earned themselves a place too. But what about fielders?
Why do not the cricketers who are often branded as batsmen and bowlers are not branded as fielders (save for a certain gentleman named Jonty Rhodes)? Is fielding the much neglected art of cricket? Well, going by the adage, “Catches win Matches,” the importance of fielding is often emphasised by experts. Every run saved is a run scored note the commentators in the mic. But when one observes the recent happenings of cricket field, the fielding standards, or rather say the catching standards, have come down in a big way.
The recent happenings in Duleep Trophy final between South Zone and West Zone showcases the fact that catching standards have definitely come down in the domestic circuit. Having been set a target of 536 in the 4th innings of a test match, the West Zone has easily achieved the target with 3 wickets to spare. The South Zone which was expected to win the Trophy gave nearly 8 lives to a certain Yusuf Pathan who scripted the world record win for his team.
Dropping 8 catches in a trophy final is unpardonable for any team, whether it is a gully team or else a international side. The fact that all of the South Zone team have dropped a catch or two in the match indicates the dropping standards. This alarming situation should be controlled by the BCCI right now itself as most of the players are on the fringes for a place in the Indian cricket team.
Can you imagine what would have happened if Sreesanth dropped that catch of Misbah-Ul-Haq during the T-20 World Cup final in 2007. Well unthinkable! That is why the adage “Catches win Matches” is so true. The cricketers and the administration should gear up to pull up their fielding standards in a correct manner.