The former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar took a cunning dig at India’s number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin. The Indian team has taken its fielding to another new level under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper has given a high priority to his fitness and the high benchmark has been set by him.
The Indian team has followed Kohli’s footsteps and the standard of fitness has been taken to the new level. The team possess some of the fine fielders who are at the top of their fitness and are always agile. But then there are some slow movers in the Indian team who are not good at the trade of fielding.
India needs to work on their slip catching.
The fielding plays a critical role and can be a deciding factor in the outcome of the match. It is palpable that Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara are the Achilles Heel of the Indian fielding and they need to work on the domain.
Sunil Gavaskar compared both these player’s fielding with a car that runs with a handbrake. Gavaskar said in the commentary box, “He (Pujara) looks like a car that runs with a handbrake on.” While speaking on Ravichandran Ashwin, the Little Master added, “There’s intent but not much progress.”
The Indian team had to pay the price for their poor slip fielding as they fluffed as many as four chances in the Sri Lanka’s first innings of the final Test. The team needs to work on their fielding as it is going to be crucial to be at the top of their game on the foreign tours. The Indian team cannot afford to bungle the chances that they will get and the fielders would have to make sure that they back their bowlers if they want to savour success in the testing conditions.