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Virat Kohli (Credits - BCCI)

One of the primary reasons for the rise of India’s performance graph in the international circuits is their exceptional fielding skills. The team under Virat Kohli has raised the fielding standards to become the best in the business. Surprisingly, in the recent past, the same team isn’t up to the mark and it was there for everyone to see during the second T20I against West Indies on Sunday. The butter-fingered Indian fielders dropped sitters and allowed extra runs for the opposition at crucial junctures of the game.

It all started with the catch dropped by Washington Sundar when Lendl Simmons mistimed Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s delivery in the fifth over. The young Sundar failed to hold on to it. Simmons made India pay a hefty price for it as he went on to score a brilliant match-winning knock of 67* that included four fours and four sixes.

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Rishabh Pant (Credits: BCCI)

Rishabh Pant dropped Evin Lewis:

In the same over, Bhuvneswar Kumar managed to induce an edge of Evin Lewis’ willow, which went quickly to the left side of Rishabh Pant. Unfortunately, the young wicket-keeper couldn’t hold on to the catch. Utilising the chance, Evin Lewis went on to score 40 runs off 35 balls. Even fielders like Ravindra Jadeja left the ball pass the boundary ropes through his legs.

India gave away five runs – 1 no-ball and four wides – in extras which also cost them. Not only in Thiruvanthapuram but also in Hyderabad, the Indian team fielded pretty poorly. The only highlight for the team on the field was Virat Kohli’s stunning catch in the deep to dismiss Shimron Hetmyer.

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West Indies beat India by eight wickets at Thiruvananthapuram (Image Credit: Twitter)

Speaking of the poor fielding standards, Virat Kohli, in post-match presentation stated ”With the ball, we were good, the first four overs. But if you drop chances, it’s going to cost you. Fielding is something – we need to be more brave.”

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Meanwhile, the fans were quick to slam the Indian players for their poor display on the field.

Here are some of the reactions:

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