Bangladesh must develop its catching abilities

Bangladesh enjoyed a fantastic home series victory over India, but the last ODI outcome in Chattogram—a gigantic 227-run victory for India—brought attention to their recent decline in catching proficiency.

Litton Das blew a golden opportunity to remove Virat Kohli for just one run in the seventh over of India's third ODI innings when he flipped uppishly toward the fielder at short midwicket. Following that reprieve, Kohli made Litton and Bangladesh pay for it by scoring his 72nd hundred in international play and putting on a 290-run partnership with Ishan Kishan for the second wicket.

In the post-game press conference, Litton acknowledged that his catch (drop) "was an expensive one." "It would have been a different story if I could have held the catch."

Bangladesh have erred more frequently this year across all formats, even though there may have only been one error in this match. Bangladesh has missed 18 catches in the 21 T20 International games they have played in 2022, including 9 in the T20 World Cup. They have spilled 24 catches in 15 ODIs but only spilling 17 in 9 Tests, with at least one drop in each Test.

Just prior to the final ODI, which prevented Bangladesh from sweeping the series, Bangladesh's fielding coach Shane McDermott acknowledged the need for his team to have the ability to withstand "pressure" when catching at the international level.

"The word "pressure" is the biggest barrier between domestic, Academy, or A team cricket and international cricket. Getting the players to grasp what pressure is is my biggest challenge "said McDermott.

"In my perspective, it is the component of self-doubt or fear of failure. One of our main goals is to inform the athletes about what "pressure" genuinely looks like. When things are not going as we would want, we must then challenge the players to give a little bit more of themselves. We expect them to have courage. The coaching staff is working to reduce the players' stress "Added he.

When discussing the fear element, we consider the potential consequences of missing a catch when the ball is in the air. Because fielders have more time to consider when playing under lights, we frequently see high balls dropped. It is really challenging to try to teach ourselves what we think about when the ball is in the air. However, one may learn it.

"We produce one of the best learning experiences when we miss receptions in high-stakes situations under the lights. Look, catches don't lose matches, we can simply tell them when the player stands up, hopefully having won the game. It is true. It occurs pretty frequently. It takes place in the game. Of course, we want to lose as few catches as we can. If we miss a catch as a team, it shows how well our support personnel and team are working together. We are working to maintain everyone's positive attitudes "explained he.

As the head coach of the National Cricket Academy in the early 2000s, McDermott saw this group of seniors blossom from an early age. According to McDermott, the senior players have excelled on the field for more than a decade, and the coaching staff anticipates that the younger, less seasoned players will put up greater effort in practice to hone their skills.

"For the past 15 years, our seasoned guys have played solid defense. All we have to do is control their confidence. In addition, several of our younger players haven't fielded with the same rigor as they did the other night [in the second ODI]. Each player is unique, "said he.

"There will be days when Shakib believes he doesn't need to field and days when he will spend 30 minutes doing so. The player must be managed on a daily basis. We ask the younger players to contribute a little more. They haven't put in as much time as the more experienced players, "Added he.

Tuning up their catching may be a priority area for the host team as the two-match Test series approaches, a format in which Bangladesh are less proficient than they are in ODIs.


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