Throughout my time as a cricketer I have seen
many different styles and techniques when
catching a cricket ball.
Different types of catches mean a fielder will
call upon a different catching technique.
For a high catch, use the "reverse cup" method.
Attempt to catch at eye-level and keep your hand
high. Watch the ball the whole time until it
hits your hands. The correct technique is shown
When taking a catch at body level, the "orthodox
cup" is to be used. Aim to catch at the base of
your fingers with both these methods. This
allows the ball to "give" and not pop out upon
impact. Bring the ball into your body.
Slip catching requires different skills also.
Many international players have different ways
of catching while in the slip cordon. Stephen
Fleming rests his hands on his knees just before
the ball is bowled, while others had their hands
open as if taking a catch. There is no correct
or certain way to catch in the slips; it is
simply a matter of personal preference. What I
will stress is to bend your knees slightly and
just like other fielding positions, anticipation
is very important.