Select Dugout: Australian legend Brett Lee explains fielding technique

Select Dugout: Australian legend Brett Lee explains fielding technique

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 10, 2019 11:58:32 IST

With changing dynamics of cricket, the role of fielding in the modern game has assumed dizzying proportions. Gone are the days when one could hope to make it to a national team on the basis of a single skill set. Ground fielding forms an integral part of a team's tactics, and captains spend a significant amount of time to figure out ideal field placements.

Australia have always been an excellent fielding unit, and one outfielder who stood out with his blinding run and incredible throwing arm in his heyday was Brett Lee. Lee, apart from being Australia's pace spearhead, was a natural athlete who never shied away from diving to stop balls.

Deconstructing the technique of ground fielding, Lee, who is a Select Dugout expert on Star sports, said, "I spent most of my career fielding on the fence and one thing I learned and you learn it from the guys that have done it before you with the strike routine but you want to know where the boundary rope is so I try to feel watch the game, go 1 2 3 steps, watch where the ball is and anticipate and despite the balls coming. So now if I go 1 2 3 steps behind I'm actually on the rope and I can feel it with my left and my right shoe.

"What you don't want to do is start here, walk in so you're 5-6 metres off the mark and try to find where the rope is. I'm going back, feeling and searching, I don't know where the rope is. That's where you go for a six, that's where you lose the momentum. It's a lot easier to run in, watch the ball take the catch going forward, then as we saw with the Bangladeshi player go the side miss his mark, go for a four that could cost the game in the end. Start on the fence, find out where the rope is. Take a few steps forward, anticipate the ball where it's gonna go but know where your mark is," he said.

Meanwhile, Star Sports, the official global broadcaster of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, has sent the Indian team a deep-rooted symbolic item – a jar of soil, #DeshKiMitti, that takes the 15 players in the squad back to their roots. The jar represents #BlessingsFromHomeground and reminds them of the days when they started their cricketing journey from.

The jar contains soil collected from across the schools and maidans where the players first started playing cricket. Members of the school, friends, coaches who have been a part of player’s early cricketing journey sent their blessings through this soil. #DeshKiMitti travelled to the United Kingdom and prior to the India vs Australia game, Star Sports anchor Jatin Sapru handed over the jar to Captain Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and coach Ravi Shastri. Virat in a moment of emotion, after receiving the jar opened it to smell the love of his land. #BlessingsFromHomeGround will remind the players not just of their roots but a billion voices chanting “India, India” at home as the jar takes a permanent spot in the dressing room.

The fifteen boxes with soil collected from the home ground of the Indian cricketing squad will travel with the team reminding them of the billion fans back in India hoping and praying for their success every time they get on the field. This time each player will have their home ground with them which will remind them of their journey and inspire them to achieve the ultimate glory i.e. #CricketKaCrown.

The Select Dugout, will be aired on Star Sports Select 1 SD/HD during all India match days and on all Sundays providing fans with richer analytical experience coupled with a stimulating narrative during matches to stay ahead of the Game.

Updated Date: Jun 13, 2019 13:56:49 IST

World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254