Catches win matches and the majority are taken in attacking field positions close to the bat such as the slips or in the gully.
In these areas your reactions will be tested to the maximum.
Like batting or bowling, close catching is a skill you'll develop the more you practise.
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width apart and with knees bent.
The palms of the hands should be together, with fingers spread and pointing down.
Arms and hands should be in front of the body with the head still and the eyes level.
Watch the ball into the softest part of relaxed hands and wrap fingers around the ball, drawing the hands towards the body.