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Shreevats Goswami match-winning(?) half-century, it's a shame he got out first ball first time he played in the IPL last year, and then was played horribly out of position and came in after the match was virtually lost. Also a an absolute *blinder* of a catch off Akash Deep (see around 1:56 in the match highlights:

https://www.bcci.tv/videos/148016/syed-mushtaq-ali-trophy-2020-21-hyderabad-vs-bengal-match-highlights;

see also same video, around 3:00 minute mark, for possibly the chillest boundary catch ever taken? :p:)

 

In case you are wondering how Bengal managed to chase down 157 with nearly 2 overs to spare and still only get one and a half minutes of highlights when batting, some of the hitting is hidden away in the montage of Shreevats Goswami's innings:

https://www.bcci.tv/videos/148013/shreevats-goswami-s-match-winning-69-48-

This of course still doesn't explain how Bengal raced away to 32 off 3 overs. Checking the scorecard, Vivek Singh scored 26(11) to give a pretty good start, almost none of which somehow made the highlights package :facepalm:

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Concerning Goswami's catch, see

https://www.bcci.tv/videos/148004/shreevats-goswami-s-stunning-catches

(second catch, roughly 0:31 onwards; the first catch is regulation, especially since Goswami is from Bengal, the state which gave Wriddhiman Saha :p:)

 

What is very nice to see is that Goswami, before diving, plants his outer foot very close, only slightly inside his original stance. This allows him to cover good ground.

 

A bad habit (this is emphasized more in f***ball, where keeping is a full-time job, rather than cricket, where wicketkeeper selection is often half-assed) is to "fall" instead of dive, and by that I mean the outer foot, instead of being stable, slides inwards. So even though the keeper ends up nearly horizontal in the air at some point, his centre of mass does not move very far. In that case, if the keeper had bent to his right/left, the catch would have been much safer. Of course, bending a long way across needs, among other things, good core stability.

 

When Tim Paine dropped that catch off a pacer (3rd test, final session), at first glance, it looked like a tough chance, diving to his right one-handed, etc. But on closer inspection, you will find his right foot barely planting at all. It's as though he was standing on a rug, and then someone violently pulled the rug away, causing his right foot to go towards where his left foot originally was, his left foot into the air, and his whole body goes horizontal (probably easier to explain with pictures, but I am bad at drawing) -- i.e., "falling" rather than "diving". Contrast that with Saha's catch on day 3, where he also dived in front of first slip (albeit low), Saha's right foot barely slid inwards. If anything, his right foot almost goes outwards, along with the foot turning so that his toes point more towards point/first slip (rather than the bowler, as it would in the stance). This opens up the body, and allows him to reach to the ball with both hands, with good stability, and the catch almost looks regulation. If he had "fallen" instead, the catch could have easily looked harder, and in the worst case dropped (as Paine did). Similarly, in Saha's catch diving towards leg slip on day 4 to dismiss Labuschagne, he even took a step towards the ball before diving. This step was quite explosive, allowing him to generate good momentum already "before" diving. Furthermore, he dived from a stable base (rather than, and I cannot stress this enough, *falling*), which meant that he was able to (a) make tremendous amount of ground in short time and (b) take the catch two-handed instead of snatching for it one-handed.

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5 minutes ago, express bowling said:

Kuldeep Sen bowling very quickly today 

He seems to have natural pace and is a natural athlete unlike Avesh who puts a lot of effort to bowl quick. Very few bowlers in India generate pace this effortlessly. Gourav Yadav is another one but not playing this tournament for MP. Nalkande is also bowling quick.

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3 minutes ago, rkt.india said:

He seems to have natural pace and is a natural athlete unlike Avesh who puts a lot of effort to bowl quick. Very few bowlers in India generate pace this effortlessly. Gourav Yadav is another one but not playing this tournament for MP. Nalkande is also bowling quick.

 

 

Kuldeep's advantage is that he is quick and tall.

 

I hope he gets to the next stage soon enough.

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