Should Wicket-Keepers be allowed to use gloves for taking high catches?
May 9, 2011 2:31am CST
hi friends. as usual i was wondering a few things when i saw a certain fielder waving off the short thirdman and the short fine leg when the batsmen gets a top edge and ball went a mile in the air. anyone who saw that moment would have thought that he believes he is a better fielder than the other two and has more chance of taking the catch without dropping it. that is untill they see the gloves in his hand. a wicket-keeper. he did not wave them off because he is a better fielder but because he is wearing gloves which pretty much makes his hands twice as large. i understand keepers wearing gloves because half the time they would be catching the ball the batsmen misses. but why he should be treated differently when it comes to high catches and run-outs? he is after all another fielder. why wont he throw off his gloves for run-outs? is the law really meant like this or the wicket-keepers changed it?
9 May 11
hay there is no restriction for wicket keepers to throw by removing the gloves.when the ball goes to Wicket keeper and he throws to the stumps using that glows.I feel when the throw the ball with a certain distance and in order to reach stumps they have to remove the gloves because throwing the ball with the gloves is not easy.
• Guwahati, India
9 May 11
Hi srardust, Like other accessories gloves also is an important tool ti cricket playing. The wicket keeper standing behind the batsman has the gloves on to stop the batsman left ball or catch a catch created by the batsman. If the batsman score runs with his bat why does he drags forward the bat while running between the wicket? Applying your theory if the gloves are to be put off to catch a high catch why the batsman is allowed to touch the line somehow with the bat and not with batsman himself? Actually a wicket keeper is also a fielder. It is up to him, if feels he would be comfortable with the gloves he ha the right and if not none can force him either.
9 May 11
Hi stardust, You always come out with innovative ideas a normal person will not think of. Traditionally wicket keeper is permitted to use protective gloves as a normal fielder without the gloves or pads will not be able to do the job for long. Even after wearing double gloves the wicket keepers feel the impact of the balls coming to them at more than 130 km/hr speed. Wicket keepers do remove their gloves sometimes to facilitate their throwing the ball to effect the run outs, but it may not be possible for them to remove the gloves to take the low catches, not the normal wicket keeper catches but those which come out of mistimed hooks and pulls. Many a times even wicket keepers miss those high flying catches which are affected by high winds.