May 5, 2009

Twenty20

The fielding doosra

George Binoy

While batsmanship has evolved, and bowlers have begun to assert themselves in the IPL, the fielder continues to use old techniques to meet new challenges, writes Suresh Menon on ESPNStar.

In soccer, the one-footed striker has virtually faded out of the game; to be successful you have to be able to shoot off either foot. If fielding is given the attention it deserves, then batsmen will no longer play to a fielder's weak side because there won't be one. Push to the left of cover, and he will pick up with his left hand and throw; to the right and he is equally comfortable on that side. Twenty20 clearly calls for such skills, and necessity might be the mother of training.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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