How to Catch the Ball

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Learn the basics of how to catch a ball with this video.

This video is part of a curriculum covering the basics of Cricket.
To learn how to stop a grounded ball, watch the next video.

A key aspect of good fielding, catching the ball can be done in several ways depending on the position of the ball. Find out how develop a safe pair of hands by watching this short tutorial video.

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In this video, you will learn to catch the ball.

The three key steps are catching the ball with your fingers pointing up, down and sideways.

When you get a catch above your chest height, cup your hands with your fingers pointing up.

Place the thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand over the other hand to create a secure and large catching area.

Try to catch the ball at eye level with soft hands so it doesn't bounce out of your grip.

When the ball arrives below chest height, cup your hands with your fingers pointing down.

Weave your little fingers, press the heels of your palms together, spread out your thumbs and bring your elbows closer together.

Bring your hands closer to your body as the ball gets close and absorb the catch with soft hands.

When receiving a high catch with a steep drop, try to get under the ball as quickly as possible and fix your gaze upon the ball all the way into your hands.

To take a flat catch moving outside the line of your body, point your fingers to the side.

Remember to stand on the balls of your feet with slightly bent knees, ready to move quickly in either direction.

Move your hands towards the ball so it lands into the center of your palms and wrap your fingers around it as soon as it lands.

Keep practising and expect a catch from every ball.

Enjoy your game.

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