In recent years, cricketers have had to become much quicker and more adaptable in the field. Gone are the days where a team could safely carry players with a few extra pounds and no speed by placing them in the cricket equivalent of left field and hoping that a ball didn’t speed their way. Creative batsmen are hitting balls everywhere and no matter your brilliance in batting or bowling, you’re expected to field excellently as well. A case in point is below. Just watch this!
Baseball fans should note that once the ball crosses that rope then even if the fielder caught it on the fly, the ball would be considered a home run—or in cricketing terms “a six,” six runs. The only option for the fielder is to parry the ball back into play, without any part of his body touching the rope or the ground beyond it. This is what the fielder does. That there’s somebody nearby to catch the rebound is in itself a remarkable piece of thinking from both fielders.
The two on-field umpires, who’ve probably never seen anything like this before, rely on the replays being shown to a third umpire to make sure that the fielder doesn’t touch the ground—even though he’s physically beyond the boundary’s edge.