It is rightly said that catches win matches. A great effort in the field helps a team to create pressure on the opposition and also lifts up the team’s spirits. What happened in Thiruvananthapuram wasn’t expected from the Indian fielders, as they dropped easy chances that helped the West Indies batsmen to achieve the target of 171 in just 18.3 overs.
Indian team is considered one of the best fielding team in the world. But in the 2nd T20I, they seemed to do the opposite of what they are famous for. West Indies in the first T20I scored 207 runs which were supported by the poor fielding by the Indians. India won the first match despite the poor show in the field thanks to the brilliant knock of 94 runs by the skipper Virat Kohli. But nobody noticed those fielding mistakes as they were overshadowed by captain’s innings.
Indian fielders carried the poor show to the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram when they stepped on the field to defend a total of 170 runs. Washington Sundar, young batting allrounder from Tamil Nadu dropped a simple catch of Lendl Simmons in the fifth over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Later on, Simmons was awarded the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 67 off 45 balls. Rishabh Pant, who is on a role to fill MS Dhoni’s shoes in the team doesn’t seem to improve yet. He also dropped a sitter on the next ball when Evin Lewis edged the ball facing Bhuvi.
Ravindra Jadeja, India’s best fielder also found it hard to gather the ball during the match as he missed a simple chance that resulted in a boundary. In the process of dropping catches, Indian skipper Virat Kohli surprised everyone by taking a stunner at the boundary line dismissing Shimron Hetmyer on 23. But it was too late from the skipper as the damage was done by the Windies batsmen.
It was a day that India would like to forget, but at the same time, they would have to work on their weaknesses. Indian fielding coach R Sridhar would definitely be disappointed after the poor performance on the field. Indian team surely needs to spend some extra time in the fielding drills as nobody expects such a poor show when you are playing international cricket.