Pace Cricket

Fielding

fieldingIn fielding there are different aspects to be done on the field, that is stopping the ball, catching and finally throwing.

In stopping the ball or it is also called the fielding process, this takes place in two positions that is close fielding and the deep fielding. The close fielding is done within the 30 yard position, for this the fielder has to be very fast and spontaneous as the fielder has to pick up the ball and throw as fast as possible to stop the batsman from scoring runs. The throw must be flat and hard at the either stumps. And if the ball is hit in the air then the fielder must be quick enough to grab the ball for a catch to get the batsman out.Similarly the fielder fielding away from the batsman that is in the deep positions must be able to run up to the ball and pick up and throw at the either stumps. The deep fielder must have good stamina to run long distance and also the capacity to throw the ball from more than 70 yards. And if the ball is hit in the air the fielder has to run towards the ball, get under it and catch it to get the batsman out.

The fielding is done in different ways, the ball may come straight towards the fielder, in this case the fielder has to charge on the ball pick it up with either both the hands or even one hand depending upon the speed of the ball. Secondly the ball may be hit on the either sides of the fielder, in this case the fielder has to bisect or cut the path of the ball and stop the batsman from scoring runs. At times when the ball is hit over the fielders head then the fielder has to chase the ball, or run behind the ball and stop it by bending down in the running position. Then turn around make the position and throw at the either ends.

While catching certain check points are to be remembered, the catch may be a flat one that is parallel to the ground or a high one that is hit high in the air. In both the cases the basic fundamental is to have your eyes on the ball, both the palms joined together in a open position forming a cup or a scoop, taking the catch in font and ahead of the body, then taking the scoop of both the hands towards the chest. This will absorb the impact or shock of the ball and avoid injury to the hands of the fielder.

Throwing is also an important aspect in the fielding, the position of throw is that the fielder must point his left hand towards the target that is where the ball is to be thrown. The right hand must be folded and brought near the right shoulder, the ball to be held in a cross position so that it does not soar at the time of throw. When the ball is thrown the right hand comes in front that is in the place of the left hand and the left hand goes back in place of the right hand, the throw is completed with a follow through, that is a slight forward movement of the body.

The throwing at different fielding positions may vary due to the distance between the fielder and the target / stumps. Throwing from a closer distance is usually an under arm throw. This is because if the throw from shorter distance is hard and fast it will be difficult for the player to collect and dismount the bails off the stumps. Receiving a throw from the 30 yard circle is not that difficult, therefore the fielder has to throw it flat and hard, because the ball must travel faster than the batsman to avoid him from scoring runs. Similarly the throw beyond the 30 yard circle is usually thrown above the head level so that the ball travels to about almost more than 60 yards, therefore the fielders on the boundary line must be very athletic and with strong shoulders.

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