With a hat-trick of wins, Mumbai Indians are making waves in IPL 6. The franchise that created a buzz before the season began by hiring John Wright as coach and Anil Kumble as team mentor, spent $450,000 on Ricky Ponting and then made him captain, doled out a whopping $1 million on Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell and bought Western Australia fast-bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile for a surprisingly high price, is now living up to its heavyweight billing. And a significant part of their three consecutive wins has been the fielding.
Arguably, it is the best in the league. Ponting, Kieron Pollard and Rishi Dhawan have taken some excellent catches under the watchful supervision of the team's fielding coach Jonty Rhodes, and such good work could prove decisive for Mumbai. Apart from some awesome catches, the ground fielding has been sharp too - all tremendous assets in Twenty20 cricket and so often the difference between winning and losing. Rhodes' influence is evident, and the arrival of another world class fielder in Ponting seems to be rubbing off.
Mumbai's successful defense of a total of 148 against Chennai Super Kings began poorly as Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma spilled catches off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson's first two overs, but the way the fielders held chances at the end proved massive. In the 11th over, Dinesh Karthik held a brilliant low catch behind the stumps to get rid of Dwayne Bravo off left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha. Then, off the
08:08 AM, Apr 14, 2013