Do you still relate good fielding with these icons?
Colin Bland, Gibbs, Rhodes, Ponting, Symonds, Raina, Kaif, AB de Villiers, Collingwood and the rest.
Well, move over these household names. This post talks about five fielders who are probably as good as some of the best you have seen. They have taken some jaw-dropping stunners, they are electric in the outfield and they can affect run-outs from nowhere. These are the not-so-famousfielders who’re not as widely known or talked about!
How often we see a jaded match springing back into action by an electric run out or a stunning catch. A good fielding effort brings up the body language and more often than not, acts as the turning point. A fielder can be good in two ways – a brilliant catcher or a brilliant outfielder or amazingly both! These men I am talking about fall in this league. So, these who might not have caught your eye are:
There is a good chance if you have watched the Under-19 World Cup 2009 Malaysia, you won’t have missed this lad. This 23 year old South African is a real fielding material – be it catching or ground fielding. He ensures that you won’t run out of adrenaline rush by his athletic presence on the field.
He is a liveware from Howrah. Currently warming benches with Indian squad, he is a fielding talent to watch out for. In one of the ODIs, he, along with, Raina formed an electric duo in covers. With some batting success, he can be a real asset to India.
Best catch of his:
This all-rounder grabbed a few eyeballs in county cricket with his all-round ability. His fielding skills are almost superhuman at times. An ODI asset for Lanchashire, he can break into the England T20 squad anytime in near future.
Faf Du Plessis
A Lancashire coach once said about him, “If there’s a better fielder in county cricket I’ve not seen him this season”. Known for his off-drive, ‘Faf’ is an exceptional outfielder too. He can be the floating fielder every captain wants. Not a household name, his sensational fielding is something to watch out for.
You surely might be knowing him as one of the many spinners who came to replace the Warne void, but look beyond his leg spin prowess and Eureka! You find a stunning fielder. This chocolate boy is known for plucking some brilliant catches.
Watch out for these low profile men. They might take a match-turning stunner that’ll get etched forever in your mind.