“Catches win matches” no longer seems to be going hand in hand with the Sri Lankan national Cricket team it appears. Recent statistics have revealed that the Sri Lankan team dropped as many as 56 catches conceding as many as 1,700 runs against the opponents during the past year.
Sri Lanka’s worst performance was in the one day internationals where they dropped 25 catches in 16 matches while in the T-20 form they dropped 14 catches in 20 matches. In the Test Cricket format 17 catches were dropped in six matches. The statistics have raised the question about focus on fielding despite having a separate international coach for fielding.
Gone are the days are the era of Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardena and of course Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps snapped up catches making half chances as chances.
Our fielding coaches such as Ruwan Kalpage turned out better fielders and more committed fielders than those in the current teams.
Sri Lanka Cricket needs to re-consider its strategy as indeed ‘Catches win matches’.