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.
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.
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.”
Meanwhile, the fans were quick to slam the Indian players for their poor display on the field.
Here are some of the reactions:
Calling India’s fielding in this series atrocious would be an understatement. Begs the question – what is exactly is the fielding coach doing other than having drinks with the head coach? #INDvWI
— महादादा (@mahadada) December 8, 2019
— Abhishek Singh (@ABINV) December 8, 2019
India are no by means a bad fielding side (we all know that now) but they have just been fielding badly for a while now in this format. It would annoy Kohli no end, I'd assume, because it's one of those controllables he keeps talking about. #INDvWI
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) December 8, 2019
— BlueCap 🇮🇳 (@IndianzCricket) December 8, 2019
— AlwaysBlue (@sixthumpire) December 8, 2019
Watching India's Fielding : pic.twitter.com/KBwhHaot73
— Abhilekh (@pandey__jiii) December 8, 2019
India's grand scheme of experiments before the WT20 going swimmingly well. Haven't seen a shittier fielding side and a toothless Indian bowling attack.#INDvWI
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) December 8, 2019
— hashtagcricket (@SachinSid14) December 8, 2019
#IndvWI nothing going in favour of india…
From the slow starts in batting to worst fielding as well as bowling…
— Lav (@Lav14729116) December 8, 2019
— Manish 🏏 (@IManish311) December 8, 2019
— CricBlog (@cric_blog) December 9, 2019