The most important task of a fielding side in cricket is taking catches. You can’t win matches without taking catches in cricket. Catching a cricket ball is something all cricket players should learn.
Catching the ball when the fielder is standing in the infield is known as an infield catch. There are two positions for a fielder in cricket. One is infield and the other is outfield. A fielder can take catches in both positions. The infield positions are the slip, the point, cover and square leg region. The infield is near the pitch and close to the batsman. Sitting catches or sitters that need little or no movement are taken in the infield. The ball will come to the infield fielder flat and fast.
Catching in the outfield involves taking a catch far away from the batsman. These catches are sometimes taken on the boundary line of the field. Fielders will have to run a distance to take the catch. The long on, long off, third man, deep and fine leg are the outfield positions where fielders are placed to get a catch.
Catching a cricket ball with the fingers down catch or the reverse cup is usually an outfield catching method. The palms of the fielder are positioned in a form of a circle forming a cup. The fingers of the fielder are positioned in a downward direction. This makes it comfortable to catch the cricket ball that comes at excessive speed from the sky. A fielder can jump or take the catch while running using the fingers down catch.
Catching a ball with the fingers up is also called the orthodox cup. Here the fielder holds his hands with fingers joined and crossing at their base to form a regular cup. This catch is for close call catches from the infield. The fielder can keep his cupped fingers against his body and take the catch easily. Flat yet powerful hits to fielders in infield positions can fetch wickets using this catching method.
It is important to closely monitor the body language of the batsmen as soon as the ball leaves the hand of the bowler. The eye should never leave the ball. Practice makes perfect and snatching the ball instead of catching the ball will result in injured fingers.