Former Australia spinner, Brad Hogg comes in defence of India’s fielding coach, Ramakrishnan Sridhar, who has been at the receiving end of severe criticism after the Indian fielders’ horrendous display in the field- not just in the Adelaide Test but throughout the Australia tour.
While the Indian batting on the third day of the opening Test will garner more attention, the fielding show has been shambolic on the entire tour and deserves heavy scrutiny. The Indian players have let go of many chances with their buttery fingers.
Hogg believes that the fielding coach is not entirely at fault and the fielders need to take the responsibility for their dropped catches. He advises that the players need to prepare for different situations and on different parts of the field to get better. The chinaman opines that their training needs to be rigorous when it comes to fielding.
In his YouTube video, Brad Hogg said, “The fielding coach can only do so much. It is up to the players to take responsibility for the way they train and practice and for the way they prepare for the conditions in the middle, You have got to get out there and think about the positions that Virat Kohli is going to put you in and get there and take different types of catches with the background of the stands in those areas.”
Indian fielders did not prepare well enough: Brad Hogg
The cricketer-turned-commentator feels that the Indian fielders didn’t prepare well enough for the Test matches as they spilt plenty of chances. Hogg says that the players need to take the responsibility for their dropped chances and the coach can’t be completely blamed.
“So, I don’t think the Indian fielders have prepared well enough and haven’t asked the fielding coach to deliver the right practice. It’s something the players need to take responsibility for,” he said.
The 49-year-old points out that there is only so much that the coach can do, instead, it is the duty of the player to put himself under pressure while practicing his fielding. India, who will without Virat Kohli, will look to make a comeback in the Test series on the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne- the fans would expect an improved show in batting and fielding.
“The coach can put all the skills or the exercises in place but if you don’t train and put yourself under pressure as though you are going to be in the game, you are going to drop the catches,” Bradd Hogg added.