Fielding is a massive part of any format in cricket today, mainly in a high-octane T20 league like IPL. Cricketers who are fine outfielders can lift the morale of the team ten-fold when the chips are down. The diving saves, the breath-taking catches, and affecting run-outs in the unlikeliest of the circumstances could massively tilt the scales in favour of any team. The same could also unsettle the mentality of the opposition, finding their counterparts are on fire.
Like all the previous years, even the current edition that has lasted only 31 matches so far, has witnessed some electric and jaw-dropping fielding displays. With the shortest format operating at a fast pace, the fielders are required to stay alert and anticipate movements from the batsmen exceptionally well all the time. The best catches from every game also get a hefty prize money as rewards in the post-match presentations, motivating them to be better.
We take a look at fielders XI from IPL 2021:
Apart from being a consistent run-getter in the tournament history, Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan is also one of the best fielders. Shikhar Dhawan finished the first leg of the tournament as the highest run-getter with 380 runs in eight matches at 54.28 by maintaining a decent strike rate of 134.27 with three fifties. Being one of the experienced players of the side, Dhawan played risk-free strokes to shape Delhi Capitals’ several victories.
As one of the fittest cricketers today, the Delhi-born cricketer is a massive asset on the field. Shikhar Dhawan, who has taken eight catches this year, not only takes those skiers comfortably than most fielders, but also recovers well after putting a dive. The southpaw is also quick on his feet, capable of preventing the doubles by running rapidly to throw the ball to the keeper or bowler.