Fielding Drills: Slip catching nicks | Cricket coaching, fitness and tips

Fielding Drills: Slip catching nicks

This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: A realistic way to practice slip catching for the whole cordon. This drill requires a well practiced coach to make it worthwhile.

Description: The feeder throws the ball hard so it reaches the coach at chest height, wide to the off side. The coach deflect cuts the ball with a bat into the slip cordon for catches. The slips return the ball to the feeder.

Safety note: This is an advanced drill where the ball is travelling very quickly. It’s vital players are ready before the ball is throw. The coach should also wear batting gloves.

Variations: Underarm throws can be used to simulate slip catches. A left handed coach can help slip catching to left handers. 

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The problem with slip nick fielding in practice and a real game is that the anticipation time is much longer in a real game scenario as the bowler needs to run up and the ball has to travel a significantly longer distance before it reaches to the batsmen.

As a result, the rhythm that a fielder has built when doing those slip catch practices would had been no use when applied to real cricket game.

Slip is the difficult position in fielding. One has to be so keen and reflexive to cover the spot. And it needs a lot of practice and experience. Dravid and Warne were the best slip fielders we have seen in the cricket, recently.