Indian fielding coach R Sridhar now believes that in terms of ground fielding, Indians are the best in the world. One of the big moments in the India-New Zealand series was the stunning running catch by Hardik Pandya to dismiss Martin Guptill in one of the matches.
“As far as ground fielding is concerned we are the best in the world,” he was quoted as saying in an Indian Express report. Sridhar admits the IPL has a lot to do with India’s improved fielding.
“The IPL is a major contributor as fielding is given more importance. Not only have fitness levels vastly improved but also the awareness around it. Nowadays you can’t hide on the field. If you are playing a game of eight overs then even one small fumble can decide the match,” he added.
He, however, also admitted that slip catching has been a bit of a problem. “If we have the same men consistently in the squad then we can always have a settled slip cordon. Going into the next series we will see who we have – Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vjiay, KL Rahul or Shikhar Dhawan. We will take a look and go according to what we have,” Sridhar said in the Indian Express report.
--By A Cricket Correspondent