Mitchell Starc takes the catch of Wriddhiman Saha © IANS
Apr 29, 2014
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) may have slumped to yet another defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 but pacer Mitchell Starc ensured that Kings XI Punjab didn’t have it easy. The Aussie pacer took two brilliant catches in the deep to dismiss Wriddhiman Saha and Glenn Maxwell. While Maxwell’s was a low diving catch, Saha’s catch was a thriller with Starc using his height to catch it inches inside the boundary line. However Starc said that Maxwell’s catch was more satisfying.
“Maxi’s catch was more satisfying because he has been scoring heavily and I was happy to get him out cheaply. It didn’t do us any good in the end but I was happy to take a couple of good ones. Technically, however, I found Maxi’s catch a little easier. Saha had hit the ball hard and I didn’t know to which part of the boundary it was going. Also, I had to maintain my balance very close to the rope. For me, getting low in front is easier than the balancing act,” Starc was quoted as saying by the official website of IPL.
Asked about his technique of taking catches, Starc said, “I always have my fingers pointed down; I don’t like to catch with fingers facing skywards. Back home, most players favour the reverse cup method and some also say it is easier to get into the right position. But I have been used to the other method since childhood and it has stayed with me. ”
Starc has only added to the list of some brilliant efforts in the field. Five days ago, Chris Lynn grabbed the headlines for taking a stunner at deep midwicket which turned the match in Kolkata Knight Riders’ favour against RCB. On Lynn’s catch, Starc said, “If he’d held his feet in the air, it would have been even more spectacular. But still, it was a very, very good catch under pressure and it also won them the match. So, well done to Chris.”
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