Watch: Lukman Meriwala makes a schoolboy error near the boundary rope against Punjab Kings
Fielders play a very important role during the passage of play. Barring the wicketkeeper who is keeping the wickets and the bowler who delivers the ball, all the remaining players are stationed at their respective fielding positions. Fielding is a basic requirement and every player in the playing XI must be good at it.
At times, even a misfield can change the course of the match. Just imagine the equation when a team requires 3 runs to win off the last ball in the IPL and when a fielder makes a misfield, chances are high that the batsmen may easily run 2 or maybe even 3 and end up on the positive side.
Lukman Meriwala makes a lazy fielding effort near the boundary rope
So, what if a player makes an absolute schoolboy error and that too in the competitive cricketing world? Delhi Capitals' player by the name of Lukman Meriwala made his debut in the Indian Premier League, which wasn't the one to remember because of his terrible fielding effort near the boundary rope.
The DC player could have saved a certain boundary had it kept his focus and attention on the ball but he was absolutely not paying any attention as he let the ball slip from his hands at the last second. The left-arm seamer had a terrible start to his IPL career. The DC team management who watched the entire scene from the dugout weren't happy at all.
The incident happened during the third ball of the 9th over when premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was hit by Mayank Agarwal at the back. Meanwhile, Meriwala who was fielding at fly slip had all the time to save or stop the ball but he failed to get his hands on the ball.
After missing it in the first attempt, the left-arm seamer starting running after the ball. Just as when the ball almost raced towards the boundary, Meriwala still had another chance to make amends for his initial fielding error. However, he made yet another blunder as he didn't make a proper effort. Eventually, the ball touched the boundary rope.