Rahul Out-thought!

Wellington test, 3rd day (today)…

That catch by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum, off the bowling of Vettori was a classic. Obviously they had thought through the plan…

Vettori would bowl slightly short of length on the off stump. If they see Dravid shaping for the scoop-glance shot, then the wicketkeeper would jump to the leg side beforehand and be ready for taking the catch. The first slip too would run to the leg, just in case the ball bobs up higher than what the wicketkeeper can reach. Good plan… And it worked like a dream.

In case you didn’t see it, you can see it in this link…

There was some discussion on the legality of the catch. Can the wicketkeeper move before the batsman has hit the shot…. All that has been resolved. It was quite legal…

Here is what Cricinfo says :

When Brendon McCullum nimbly moved down the leg side to catch Rahul Dravid’s attempted paddle-sweep, there was some debate about the legality of the catch, since McCullum moved after the ball was bowled but before Dravid played the stroke. According to the relevant rules, it was a fair catch.

McCullum moved sideway, not forward, which as per law, is legit.

If you want to know the details of the above, check out box “Rahul Dravid’s Dismissal” in this Cricinfo link..

Great gambit. Kudos to Vettori!

3 Responses to “Rahul Out-thought!”

  1. GJV Prasad Says:

    i watched the dismissal and two balls earlier dravid had played the same shot and the keeper moved late; i knew he would be on to it the next time and with luck (dravid getting the shot right etc) he would catch him out; if i had been gambhir i would have warned him

  2. gkamesh Says:

    Ah! Should we read something in that? Regards

  3. bala Says:

    Thanks to 20/20 and one day cricket a lot of these new shots have evolved like the paddle sweep, six over third man etc. So this kind of a catch world be a first considering that such shots were never played before and from what I gather Dravid played the same shots a few balls earlier..

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