5 fielders who can shock you in the World T20: With the dawn of the World T20, the focus of the cricketing circles has shifted to India. In 20-overs cricket, every aspect of the game is equally imperative. Be it batting, bowling or fielding, a team has to excel in all the departments to win the game. Generally, batting and bowling takes the central stage which makes people underestimate the craft of fielding. But in pressure-cooker situations, a great save on the field or converting a half chance into a wicket transpires to be the difference between the two sides.
An agile fielding unit can boost up the spirits of the team or turn the game on its head. When the bowlers are down and out, a sparkling display of energy on the field can spur magic in the match for the bowlers. A good fielding side has the ability to save around 20-25 runs in a match which turns out to be momentous especially in the context of 20-overs cricket. In World T20 as well, an outstanding fielding unit will give a cutting edge to its side.
Today, SportzWiki lists 5 fielders who can shock you in the World T20:
1. Trent Boult (New Zealand)
The joint highest wicket-taker of the World Cup 2015, Trent Boult leads the Kiwi pace attack. Apart from his top-notch skills with the ball in hand, Boult holds a reputation of taking some thunderbolt catches. If you hit the ball around this guy, then don’t get surprised if he takes an absolute stunner as it’s something which comes naturally to him. The Black Caps pacer is a very fit and nimble customer on the field. The eye-popping view of Boult’s one hand catches gives us a feeling as if flying in the air is the easiest thing in the world. The southpaw retains his shape on the field to perfection which enables him to leap in the air like some superhero and take some of the most mind-boggling catches in the history of cricket.
Boult can surely give a run for money to any batsmen with his miraculous fielding skills apart from the white cherry in hand during the World T20.
2. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
One of the diamonds of South African cricket, Kagiso Rabada has impressed one and all with his pace bowling. Rabada is temperamentally very sound which separates him from the rest. Though the youngster’s magnificence is not only restricted to his delightful bowling as he is as good on the field as well. Not every day a bowler sympathizes with the batsman after getting him out unless something startling happens on the field. Recently, the 20-year-old put his astonishing fielding skills on display when he took a ridiculous one hand grab to send Steven Smith back to the hut in absolute shock while it left the bowler, Dale Steyn empathizing with the batsman.
Rabada is a definitely a one to watch out for in the super-colossal ongoing event of the year, the World T20.
3. Chris Jordan (England)
The English fast bowler, Chris Jordan is one of the most energetic and sharp fielders in the world. Jordan is a natural athlete on the field. He is also a very able slip fielder and we have seen him grab some wonderful catches at the slip cordon. Even in the recently concluded bilateral ODI series against South Africa, Jordan was seen taking a fantabulous catch of AB de Villiers, running back which had astonished everyone. In World T20 as well, this Barbados-born pacer could spring a few surprises on the field.
The 27-year-old is a very clean striker of the ball as well and provides depth to the English lower-order. Jordan bowls consistently in the higher 140s and is apt in bowling the Yorkers as well.
4. Hardik Pandya (India)
The Indian youngster, Hardik Pandya has an aura of his own. Be it batting, bowling or fielding, the Baroda all-rounder gives his 200% on the field. Pandya has already earned many praises for his athletic fielding. In what little we have seen of him, Hardik has given glimpses of brilliance whether it’s ground fielding or taking those ridiculously tough catches. All in all, the 22-year-old is a mouth-watering all-round prospect for India.
The right-hander is a natural hitter of the ball and can take any bowling unit to the cleaners. As far as his bowling is concerned, Pandya regularly bowls in the 130s which make him a useful seamer for team India but still he needs to pull up his socks and add variations to his repertoire to make his bowling more impactful. Hardik is a complete package and will definitely be a player to watch out for in the World T20.
5. Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
The destructive Aussie batsman, Glenn Maxwell turns up the heat whenever he steps onto the field. Maxwell is epitomized as one of the most devastating batsman in 20-overs cricket. The belligerent Aussie shot to name and fame thanks to his performances in the shortest version of the game. Apart from his batting skills, the 27 years old is an absolute livewire on the field. Maxi is generally stationed at the crucial positions of the field as he is counted among one of the best fielders in the side.
Apart from his batting and fielding, Maxwell is a very handy off-spinner as well. In Indian conditions, his spinning credentials will come handy. Maxwell is a complete T20 package indeed.