In the context of cricket, taking a catch at slip is considered one of the daunting aspects of fielding. Slip fielders are positioned a tad close to the batters and if there is a chance of an edge, the ball comes off the willow faster. As a result, there is a limited time interval for the fielders to react and even a slight misjudgement can lead to mistakes, resulting in a dropped catch.
The fielders need to go through catching drills in order to get used to the minimal reaction time. We have seen only skilled fielders being positioned at slip such that there is no margin for error. Case in point, the cricket fraternity witnessed a sensational catch in the Sheffield Shield 2023 match between New South Wales and Tasmania in Sydney.
Jason Sangha kept his hands relaxed and ready as usual at the slips with a slight crouch position and knees slightly bent. His positional acumen at the slip helped him make a full stretched dive towards his left-hand side and he completed the catch in his safe pair of hands.
Jason Sangha grabs a stunning catch at slips in the Sheffield Sheild game
As you can see in the video, New South Wales’ bowler Chris Tremain delivered a short ball which surprised Jake Doran completely. The left-handed batter ended up making a connection with the ball, only to get an edge and travelled between the gully and third slip.
Meanwhile, Jason Sangha who was positioned at the second slip had less reaction time as he timed his jump to perfection to complete his catch in both hands in mid-air, leaving the cricket fraternity in awe and the video has gone viral on social media, with the majority of the fans praising him for his effort.
Sangha’s stunning catch brought Jake Doran’s innings to an end as he made his way back to the dressing room after his 43 off 117 balls. New South Wales posted 224 in the first innings and Tasmania responded with 200 runs. As far as the second innings are concerned, New South Wales were bowled out for 118. Chasing 143, Tasmania crumbled in the run-chase as they were bowled out for 68 as New South Wales won the game by 74 runs.