Catching

JULY 21, 2014

India in England 2014

'Ravindra played like a Jadeja'

Ravindra Jadeja has been associated more with controversy than with meaningful contributions on the field on this tour to England. Lord's welcomed him with boos, but he hardly cared. He hardly cared his form was poor, he hardly cared that James Anderson had the new ball to vent his frustration. Jadeja sent England on a leather hunt and Sandeep Dwivedi, in Indian Express, says his innings epitomised his personality.

England had tried to wind up Jadeja but it hadn't worked. Had they checked with someone in the Saurashtra dressing room, they would have known that instigating Ravindra, or any other Jadeja, a community of warriors and rulers, is always counter-productive. His coach from school days in Jamnagar, Mahendrasinh Chauhan, had once spoken about this 'Jadeja mindset'. "Ravindra plays like a Jadeja. We are a very proud community and have a certain ego."

Matt Prior has had a torrid time behind the stumps in the Tests against India, conceding the equal most byes by an England wicketkeeper in a home Test since 1934 at Lord's. He hasn't been in form as a batsman, either. Osman Samiuddin, in his column for the National, sympathises with Prior and says that his lack of wicketkeeping form could be eating into his confidence as a batsman.

When they are not looking so lonely and miserable, we look at modern wicketkeepers as blessed, because they are now all-rounders. If they do have a bad day with the gloves, they can always better it with the bat.

On his good days, Prior was a handy batting enforcer, his momentum-changing capabilities outshining his glovework. Now though, even that has gone.

APRIL 10, 2014

The problem with low catches

Kartikeya Date: The cricket cognoscenti is largely eager to give the fielder the benefit of the doubt when a catch is referred. This should not be the case
JANUARY 05, 2014

Blood and orange

Paul Ford: Expect spectators to arrive at New Zealand grounds prepared to put their bodies on the line for a six-figure sum
JANUARY 03, 2014

What's luck got to do with being caught down leg?

Samir Chopra: To ascribe a dismissal resulting from a catch down leg side to bad luck is to confuse the workings of fortune with a poorly executed shot
DECEMBER 17, 2013

A quintet of screamers

Paul Ford: Where does Trent Boult's stunning catch stack up in the annals of ripper catches by New Zealanders?
JULY 08, 2013

A knife in the back

Michael Jeh: Cricket Australia's decision to sack Mickey Arthur after having supported him in disciplining and rotating players betrays the management's muddled thinking
JULY 07, 2013

Two Chris Martin stories

Paul Ford: A dropped catch and a nervous innings - they don't portray him in a good light, yet somehow they do
MAY 04, 2013

Is Bates v Wheater really worth the grumbles?

Freddie Wilde: Hampshire's batting started well this season, but the double collapse Essex raised old concerns and showed why the signing of Adam Wheater is not the damning offence it has been out to be
NOVEMBER 08, 2009

Bravo's blinder

Hamish Blair: This photo is a good example of the most common way to photograph cricket action, sitting quite straight of the wicket, slightly to the left
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