World Cup 2019: Team-wise best and under-par fielders in tournament
Modern-day fielding has been transformed when it comes to fielders giving it their all on the field.
by Jatin Author
Published - May 30, 2019 6:01 pm | Updated - May 30, 2019 6:01 pm
It may be highly cliched, but ‘catches do win matches’ and ‘runs saved are runs scored’, especially in the 50-over format of cricket. Modern-day fielding has been transformed when it comes to fielders giving it their all on the field to back up their bowlers, diving here and there and plucking some impossible looking catches.
In the last 6-7 years, fitness standards have gone through the roof with players from teams like Australia, England, New Zealand breaking records on yo-yo test scores and setting new standards of fitness. This has helped fielders speed up their movements on the turf and reflexes while close in fielding as well. However, with every positive thing, comes a balancing aspect and every team in the ICC World Cup has their shares of great fielders combined with some who have to be hidden in the field.
Here is a look at the best and worst fielders in each team participating this ICC World Cup
Best fielder – Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell is inarguably the best fielder in the Kangaroos clan which comprises good fielders in likes of David Warner and Steve Smith. Not only Maxwell is a great ground fielder anywhere in the ground he is an amazing catcher as well. However, he gives his biggest contribution at the backward point position, stopping boundaries with amazing dives and affecting runouts with accurate direct hits. He is perhaps the most technically proficient fielder getting into perfect positions every time he has an opportunity to complete a catch or shoot the stumps.
Under-par fielder- Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa is usually seen fielding on the boundary where the skipper can hide him effectively. Not that he is a bad fielder, he hasn’t done anything of notice to show off his brilliance in the field is concerned. He is never employed inside the ring is given that he has a tendency to drop catches and balls tend to go through his legs. His throws lack accuracy majority of times and overall, he can be termed as the worst fielder of the Australian team.