Built and strength of an athlete plays a major role in any sport. For an athlete with better built the efforts required to be put on the field becomes a task cut out and it can help them produce better result with efficiency. In India, women’s cricket has seen a substantial all-round growth in the past few years. However, the natural built of the women cricketers, plays a significant impact on their fielding and India lag behind in that aspect.
In an exclusive chat with CricketAddictor, former national women’s team fielding coach Biju George described the gulf in class between the eves from India and Australia. George helped India women’s cricket team improve their fielding substantially in his two-year stint. He directed the women’s national team towards improvement on the field and it bore immediate results.
Biju George: Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa, NZ are taller and stronger than us
Biju George said the women cricketers from Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa, NZ are taller and stronger than us which allows them to cover the same distance faster than us. Citing an example, he said, “to cover the same distance an Ellyse Perry does in two steps, Poonam Yadav has to take 5″.
“Definitely yes, but more than that the girls from Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa, NZ are taller and stronger than us, so their reach is more and they cover more distance than us, for eg to cover the same distance an Ellyse Perry does in two steps, Poonam Yadav has to take 5.. this results in slightly more gaps in field setting and they can reach for a catch which will be away or needs a dive from an Indian fielder,” Biju George told CricketAddictor.
George is currently with SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) as their fielding coach for the IPL 2020 season and awaits the pandemic season to normalise and step in to the field to train the likes of Kane Williamson and David Warner.