Modern-day cricket has come of ages in terms of athleticism and agility in ground fielding. Cricket has become richer with all the improvements in facilities and playing conditions.
This is coming from across the ditch down under where final rounds of Plunket Shield is going on. In the match between Auckland Aces and Wellington Firebirds, Auckland wicketkeeper Ben Horne displayed unbelievable reflexes to dismiss Logan van Beek off the bowling of Louis Delport. At the first instance, Ben Horne was wrong-footed but he recovered quickly once the outside edge was found from batsman's bat. These types of sights can make domestic cricket even more interesting for the fans.
Hosts Auckland Aces are in big trouble during their Plunket Shield tie against Wellington Firebirds at Colin Maiden Park. After being sent in, Auckland were bundled out for just 179 runs. In reply, with the help of outstanding knocks from Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway, tourists made 360 to take the lead of 181 runs. After chasing the leather for quite sometime in the field, Auckland were under the pump in the second dig. But Logan van Beek made sure that Wellington remains on top with 3 important scalps. At the end of 3rd day's play, Auckland Aces were 151 for the loss of 8 wickets and were looking to avoid an innings defeat from Wellington Firebirds.
Have you ever wonder how these wicketkeepers practice for this type of perfection? We bring to you some of the popular techniques used by fielding coaches across the globe. They try to simulate real-time match situations in the best possible way so that these reflexes can come to fore at the crunch time.