Cricket is a game that involves two teams of 11 players each and two umpires. The game is played on an oval field. The ball used in cricket is made from cork and then encased in leather, making the ball extremely lightweight--at around 5-ounces--and fast moving when struck by the batsman. Catching a ball in cricket requires lightning fast reflexes, especially when playing up close to the batsman.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and lean your torso forward slightly. You should be in a slightly hunched over position with your feet firmly planted.
Relax your body. This is essential for catching the ball. A tense body will have slower reflexes.
Hang your arms loosely between your legs, and keep your hands slightly cupped. When the batsman strikes the ball, bring your hands together and keep them cupped, then cup them around the ball firmly. You can use one hand if necessary to catch the ball, but it is easier to use two.
Catch the ball before it touches the ground to get the batsman out.
Tips & Warnings
- Stretch out your arm muscles and do light warm up catching exercises prior to a cricket match. This will help to relax the muscles, and ensure your reflexes are sharp.
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