”Catches win Matches” the three words that often buzzes in the air whenever a fielder drops a catch in the game of cricket. We came across many situations when a catch drop cost the team a match sometimes even a series. Catching is something which often plays a key role in the game, probably, one of the biggest concerns for Team India at present in Test format.
‘Catching in slip cordon’ is one of the few problems persisting alongside Indian cricket over the years and still, the ways to sort it out is being invisible to the current troop. Though we have great slip catchers in the Indian history, the current set up is finding it hard to discover the perfect slip cordon.
Coming to the series against Sri Lanka, India spilt out Mathews catch early in his innings where he later knocked a stunning century to help his side overcome the follow-on. With the overseas tour against South Africa is on the way, Pujara is showing his concern over Indian fielding unit.
Admitting the fielding lapses, Pujara quoted saying ”To be honest we haven’t fielded well and I would accept that. At the same time, there have been injuries with someone like M Vijay, who used to be at first slip didn’t, not playing for six months. So we had to replace Vijay with someone else. We haven’t taken many catches but we will definitely get better at it.”
”Overall, the Indian team has improved as the fielding unit, but slip fielding is something we are still looking to improve. It’s a difficult question to answer as I don’t know technically what is going wrong. I do agree that we haven’t taken enough catches but we are working hard. To be honest, we put in a lot of hard work in our fielding, especially we know catching is very important,” Pujara added.
However, Pujara is hopeful of encountering the problem as quickly as possible. He added that they are doing the hard work during the practice session by an individual field set up. ”All players standing in the slips are taking 50 to 100 catches. So we are trying to improve ourselves and eventually results will come.”