Bengaluru: After batsmen and bowlers took all the credit for RCB’s two consecutive heavy losses, it’s the RCB fielding unit which wants to contribute handsomely to the losses in the remaining matches of this year IPL.
Without wasting any time, RCB players got in to action immediately after the match against Gujrat Lions got over. RCB fielding coach Trent Woodhill was instructing players how to make misfielding and dropping catches look effortless and natural so that no one at the ground or those watching on TV can suspect anything fishy out there.
“Players must understand as long as your technique is right, the likes of Gavaskar and Manjrekar will find nothing wrong with that,” said Woodhill.
“Already we have played 9 matches, more than any other team in this year IPL. With fickle Bengaluru weather, few more rain washouts cannot be ruled out. So, as a fielding unit what we have to showcase, we have to do it quickly in our next match at Pune,” said Stuart Binny, core member of RCB team.
He said, “Given a chance in next match, I would make a handsome contribution as a fielder. I have assured management that, it would be much more than what I have contributed both as a batsman and bowler in this year IPL.”
During the practice session under the floodlights of Chinnaswamy stadium, Mr. Woodhill was asking everyone to observe the way Chris Gayle is fielding. Forget about diving, do not even think about bending or stretching yourself when ball is coming towards you. Whenever ball is the air, before you try to catch it with open palms, look towards the sun or floodlight.
We saw him asking AB de Villiers to leave the practice session after he came unnecessarily in line to stop the ball when a throw from Negi was missing the stumps by some yards.
We also saw highly agitated Virat Kohli running towards Chahal to give him a mouthful after he broke stumps with his direct throw. Nervous looking Chahal said, “Coach was telling me to aim at least six yards away from stumps, I did little more and it’s my bad luck, broke the stumps at the other end.”