Taking Wide Deliveries
When the ball is bowled wide of either stump, start moving early by
taking a couple of step sideways.
If the ball is within reach, it can be gathered as usual, but if it
still wide, the body must turn and take a stride in front to reach the
At all times, try to be down as this helps to catch the ball, even if
it is dipping or going to bounce in front of you. Taking the shooters
When the ball is shooting along the ground or bouncing a couple of
times before it reaches you, bring both the pads together in line with
the ball, the knees slightly bent and the head steady and watching the
ball all the time.
The gloves are ready near the ankles and the knees are kept together
to block any gap between the pads. If the ball shoots under the glove
or bounces over, it should hit the pads and roll in front.
Be alert to go after the ball if you have not gathered it cleanly. You
can also stop the ball like the fielder does, by bringing down one
knee on the ground next to the other foot, thus creating a barrier to
Remember that whatever style you use, you must be comfortable doing it
and a lot of practice must go into it. Keeping the eyes on the ball is
of paramount importance and avoid the tendency to take the eyes away
when the ball pitches in front of you.