IPL’s Dropped Catches

Has anyone else noticed the extremely high number of dropped catches in the IPL matches? It’s all the more embarrassing because most of the failures occur usually with the sky-high hits, precisely the ones you’d expect to be taken.

There was one moment during a recent match involving the Chennai Super Kings, I think, where almost every catch had failed. After a batsman offered another easy opportunity, Harsha Bhogle said, “That should be another down.” The fielder then went on to make a fool of himself, and Bhogle, incredulous, said, “I meant the batsman, not the ball!”

Here’s my theory: perhaps in our ultra-modern times, where dives and flying catches are the supposed norm, cricketers neglect the fundamentals. And, really, throwing the ball up high in the air and then catching it is the No. 1 play in the fielding manual. Didn’t we all, as children cricketers, do just that? (Two thrills: first, seeing how high you can throw the ball, and second, seeing whether or not you can then catch it.)

And finally: during the last match between Delhi and Mumbai, Dinesh Karthik dropped a difficult chance as wicketkeeper. Ashish Nehra, the bowler, very clearly called him a “behan chut,” and Karthik just stood there, looking pitiful, and took it (even though the catch he dropped came off a free hit, rendering the entire thing moot).

You know, I don’t much care for Karthik — he’s not as sure a batsman as he needs to be (as his brief stint against New Zealand showed), and he’s not at all a good keeper — but I have this idea he’s a nice guy who takes way too much flak from almost everybody. A little confidence in him, and I’m sure he’d be a hit, but until then, looks like he’ll have to deal with divas like Nehra and Gambhir.

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6 thoughts on “IPL’s Dropped Catches

  1. Q says:

    With the kind of intensity the IPL is played with, i.e. teams play matches every 2nd or 3rd day plus with all the travelling involved I highly doubt they pay much attention to fielding practice… 1) i dont think theres much time.. 2) net sessions are probably some hits in the nets for the batsmen and a few overs for the bowlers..

  2. raj says:

    with you on karthik-nehra. The thing is Karthik is a dark-skinned southie in the aryan Delhi team. He is a low-caste in that sense, even though he’d be considered higher caste in Tamil Nadu, his home state. A classic case of Na Ghar Ka Na Ghat Ka.
    On that note, once I believe Sunil Gavaskar was asked during a county game why TE Sreenivasan, the Tamil Nadu opener doesnt get chances to play for India. He is believed to have replied “He is from a lower caste, I believe”. Now heres the thing – TES is a Brahmin, supposedly higher caste in India. But according to SMG, he was lower caste, which only means that these guys think all southies are lower caste automatically 🙂
    (Not condoning caste system, but trying to decode these guys’ thinking. Some northies have aversion to dark skin, and call dark-skinned people kaala bandar. This applies to northie-by-birth-but-skin-colour-dark blokes as well which is why I believe Harbhajan is guilty of racism viz-a-viz Symonds Teri Maa Ki episode )
    P.S: I am southie, and fair complexioned so no inferiority complex or whining at work here.

  3. kiddie says:

    Nehra is a fly
    Looks like a fly
    Runs Like a Fly
    Bowls like he is a fly
    & gets Banged like a fly

    He is the testicles of Kris Srikanth

  4. Asmi Nikhat says:

    We can think of couple of possible reasons
    1) Night light – maybe it’s not easy to spot a muddied dull ball against a night sky
    2) strong winds may make the ball swirl extra

    It really is incredible that we have seen so many easy dropped catches and from good fielders (not the usual suspects)

  5. Asmi, I do not agree with your point no. (2). I can understand about the night light being worse than day light. But winds? what strong winds were there in chennai where people were sweating by buckets?

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