ICC 2019 World Cup: No time to make mistakes for Team India
WORLD CUP LEEDS: There was a time when India lost close ODI matches due to the lack of fielding. They more than equaled their opponents in batting and bowling, but they often missed a catch or failed racing opportunities and gave away extra runs, just to give away the game.
In the test cricket, India used to be the bank in this game department. Fielding was a careless occupation, something to which many of the main stars were hostile. The standard began to improve with the advent of limited cricket, in which excellence in the field became necessary for success. Fortunately, in the 80s and 90s, India had captains like Kapil Dev & Azharudin Those who were great gardeners themselves. They set an example for others on the team to follow. From then until now, the Indian wardrobe has become a good gardening unit.
In modern cricket, fielding has been turned into a critical part of the game, as important as batting & bowling, especially in limited-overs cricket. Specialist fielding coaches keep a hawk's eye as players huff & puff to make themselves better in the field. They are expected to be reasonably good, if not brilliant, in this department.
While batting & bowling performances are highlighted & showcased, good fielding efforts often fail to get the recognition they deserve but they do impact the results big time. For example, India have dropped the least number of catches in the 2019 World Cup. That certainly has played a role in the team making the semifinals after clinching seven out of the eight matches they have played.
However, there are areas that need improvement. Rishabh trousers , who is now part of the XI, needs to improve as a gardener. The problem is that, in a generally competent field environment, even an average attempt becomes dazzling.
India fielding coach R Sridhar admitted that Pant was some way off acceptable standards. "A lot of work has to go into him because he has to improve his throwing technique & needs to be more athletic to be a good outfielder. But we will have to work with what we have for now & use him in an appropriate positions. That is what Virat (Kohli) & MS (Dhoni) are keen on, to keep him at the right place at the right time," Sridhar said after the Bangladesh game in Birmingham. The coach also had a word of praise for Pant: "In the last game (against England) he saved five runs & also took a catch, which is a bonus."
India played three wicketkeepers against Bangladesh - Dhoni, Pant & Dinesh Karthik . When Dhoni was off the field for a while, it was Pant who kept the windows. For those who wondered why Karthik, who is supposed to be the best striker, did not stand up, the answer is that Karthik is also a better outfielder than Pant. And for the team, their presence in the gardens was more important.
But is not it a handicap to play the three evil ones, since they can not be used to the gardens? Obviously ... but Dinesh is a good gardener. Rishabh needs to develop awareness. That's why we keep the gardeners in the same positions so that they develop a little, Sridhar said.
The batsmen of England used the short limit in Edgbaston for their advantage, hitting the two Indian doll spinners by 160 in their 20 shots. India may have to play the semifinal on the same terrain. How is the team prepared for a terrain dimension like this in such a short time?
Yes, Edgbaston is something like Eden Gardens . Once the ball has hit you, there is no way you can chase it. Therefore, it makes no sense to run towards the limit line. You have to cut the angle in gardens so fast, Sridhar said.