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Indian fielders practice the art of catching the ball which is dropped by a nearby fielder as part of prep for next match

07, Aug 2018 By Santosh Pradhan

London: Of late, the Indian team has been struggling to rack up wins in spite of doing well with both bat and ball outside Asia. But the real nemesis for Virat Kohli and co., and even MS Dhoni and co. have been the dropped catches by the fielders, especially in the slip cordon. Shikhar Dhawan was the main culprit. And other players are also not confident enough to hold on to the easy ones.


And to resolve that Ravi Shastri has come up with a new fielding strategy. The art of catching a ball dropped by a nearby fielder. The reason is that the team management is sure that there will be dropped catches and nothing can be done to prevent it as Shikhar Dhawan is the main slip fielder, so it is important to hold on to the catches which are dropped by a nearby fielder.

Shikhar Dhawan was seen giving the drills to all the fielders. He was seen standing in the first slip and dropping catches regularly and the fielders near to him had to catch those dropped balls. Though it seems simple, the art of catching a dropped ball is pretty difficult and needs more practice.

An average Indian cricket fan can easily name a handful of catches the Indian slip fielders have put down in the past. There were as many as four dropped catches in the first Test against England at Edgbaston. Not only that Shikhar Dhawan himself dropped two catches and was laughing after dropping those catches. On being asked by our reporters about the reason for his laugh he said, ” After I dropped that catch, someone from the slip cordon said that we can still win the match and that made me laugh”