Team India’s fielding coach R Sridhar heaped praise on Ravindra Jadeja calling him the best fielder in the country in the last decade. Virat Kohli & Co have been one of the most dominant sides in the last few years and their significant improvement in fielding has been one of the major reasons.
Meanwhile, India have been in incredible form in Tests, especially at home. They scripted history winning 11 consecutive series with a 3-0 whitewash over South Africa. Apart from their batting and bowling, fielding has been one area where they have left behind other teams.
The main man behind India’s superb fielding standard is the fielding coach R Sridhar. Speaking about the changes, Sridhar said that there has been a difference in fitness and mindset of the players which has resulted in improvement in fielding.
“In my opinion, the perception of Indian fielding has changed in the last few years. Faf (du Plessis) lauded Indian fielders’ dominance over South Africa,” Sridhar said to TOI. “Even during the World Cup, the opposition captains spoke highly about our fielding. I think the focus for that has come from the top as to what (coach) Ravi Shastri or Virat wants. Even a newcomer like Shahbaz Nadeem, the change has been in two areas: mindset and fitness. Changing the mindset is pertaining to what the teams want to achieve, and fitness was a crucial part of that,” he added.
Furthermore, R Sridhar didn’t shy away from revealing the best fielder in the team. Naming Ravindra Jadeja as the best fielder, Sridhar said that he has an intimidating presence in the cricket field. India have witnessed many great fielders in the last few years, but Jadeja has by far been the best among all.
“Jaddu’s presence on the field lifts the team’s spirits. He is someone who can keep the opposition on their toes with his fielding. He has an intimidating presence on the field. I wouldn’t like to go very far but in the last decade or so Jadeja has been the best fielder India has had,” Sridhar concluded.