India tour of England: Virat Kohli and Co. undertakes unique practice drill to probe catching reflexes; Watch video: With almost 48 hours for the Test cricket action to get underway between India and England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, the Indian team in England is leaving no stone unturned to get into the groove of the things. Recently the men in blue undertook an unseen catching practice drill that was aimed to improve concentration and to quicken up reaction to impulsive catches that often glare up at slips in Tests.
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The four and a half minute video commenced with Rohit Sharma ideating a unique catch-fielding session that aimed to involve everybody besides starting the warm-up for the day. The catching challenge was divided into two teams- Rohit Sharma’s and Virat Kohli’s who had to engage in the elusive catching drill along with their team members.
India tour of England: What was different about the practice session?
- India’s fielding coach R Sridhar smashed the ball high into the air.
- A player from each participating team would wear the helmet, chase the ball into the air and give it a head shot via helmet as soon as the ball comes down.
- Meanwhile, as the helmet-wearing player tried to get under the ball, the rest of the members surrounded the former to catch the ball as soon as he tossed it with his helmet.
The practice session served a dual purpose- instigated the concentration of the players who often have to chase the ball which goes high into the air during the matches. The immediate deflection of the ball after hitting the helmet attempted to improvise players reflexes that they have to face while fielding at the slips.
India tour of England: How are these sessions useful in England?
English pitches offer bounce and swing. Unprecedented bouncers often edge out quick catches at the slips. For such catches, fielding sessions like these that aim to fasten up the reaction time become quite imperative.
IND vs ENG Test series: While no participating team was declared as the clear winner, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was spotted taking a diving catch during the same.
To spice up the drill and make it more engaging, Kohli invited the support staff to undergo the same training to add some fun and ecstasy. During the same, Rohit Sharma was seen coaching the drill for the support staff.
India tour of England: Virat Kohli and Co. undertakes unique practice drill to probe catching reflexes; Watch video