Team India’s fielding has not been great in their tour of Australia so far. Especially in the first two Odis at Sydney, team India dropped a number of catches which proved to be costly to their chances of winning the game.
However, vice-captain KL Rahul said that since the Men in Blue were playing in front of crowds after a long time, it was difficult to sight the ball with crowd in the background.
“Sometimes it happens, catches get dropped. I can’t pinpoint what is the exact problem, but whenever I have fielded in Australia, the ball travels with the crowd in the background. It becomes a bit difficult to spot. And, we are playing in front of crowds after a long time. So it has been slightly difficult,” KL Rahul said after the second ODI at Sydney.
Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin wasn’t at all impressed with KL Rahul’s explaination and questioned team India’s ability to take high catches despite having so many good fielders in the team. He feels that the Indian team are not concentrating enough which is one of the main reasons why they are dropping many regulation catches.
“You don’t do fielding practice in front of a large crowd. Do you? But yet players have taken catches during matches in front of 20,000-30,000 people. So what’s new now?” Azhar told TOI. We have got some very good fielders. But, now even they are not holding on to the catches and are making silly mistakes on the field. Fielding is a lot about concentration and I strongly feel that there is a drop in concentration levels of our players when they field,” Azhar said.
“In our days, we didn’t have great outfields. Now, the players have the best of conditions to field. They have a specialized fielding coach and other back-up staff to support. And still if players are dropping catches and committing errors on the field, then you need to question the fielding coach – why is it happening?” he added.