Indoor Cricket


Wicket-Keeping - by Dave Clements

The first priority of a wicket-keeper in the game of indoor cricket, is to cleanly glove the ball (as often as possible).

This leads to:

  • stumpings;
  • runouts at the non-strikers end;
  • avoiding runs on fumbles into the corners;
  • reassurance and inspiration to team mates, and above all,
  • nervousness in the batting side that they will be out if they offer a sniff of a chance.

You might also take a catch, if it is not too thick an edge.

A wicket-keeper should always stand at the stumps, and should work hard at watching the ball, and moving quickly to the leg-side for that "team motivating leg-side stumping off the quick". A wicket-keeper enjoying his/her game will also enthuse and inspire the remainder of the team, and this will assist in team effort and in applying pressure on the other team.

A more general comment on strategy. As implied in Indoor Cricket World's discussions on strategies (above), minimising your own mistakes (bowling, fielding batting and 'keeping) and taking opportunities, will increase the pressure on the opposing team and lead to an increased number of errors from them. To me, this is the most significant tactic of the game.

Dave Clements.

Questions or comments on wicket-keeping can be directed to David via Indoor Cricket World here.


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