First test between India and Australia.. Steve keefe ‘s deliveries were couched safely by Aussies fielders the moment they kissed the bats. Especially Peter Handscomb pulled off some spectacular catches at short leg. Those catches were the major differences between both the teams. In the opposite way, Indian fielders dropped couple of easy catches. Catching is the issue of concern for team India ahead of Bangalore test.
‘Catches win matches’…might be an hackneyed statement. But it is indispensable fact. Steve smith was dropped on three occasions befor wennt on to make a century and kept Aussies commanding position. Not limited to this match. Indians have dropped 23 catches in their last 10 test. Most of them all from close positions. Short leg, gully,three slips,silly point,leg gully and leg slip the crucial place in test matches. Indian team dearly miss Ex skipper Rahul dravid at slip position. Though Rahul, Vijay, Rehane are great fielders. There has been dip in concentration while long innings’. In good old days, spinners bowled with freedom as they have fielders like Ek nadh Solkar. India won England series even though they dropped few catches, But certainly it won’t be the case with Australia.
Injures are the reason
Fielding coach Sridhar said Fielders are feared because of injuries. He said injuries are the major reasons to change the feileders frequently at leg slip and gully. Factually, Rahul Dravid used to field only at slip cordon. he is well accustomed to the position. fielders close to bat should be gingerly. In this scenario, Indian fielders had a longer fielding session ahead of Bangalore test. It is said by fielding coach that vijay, Karun Nair, Rehane will field at first ,second and gully respectively. In spin Bowling, coach decided to keep Rehane in slip position.Hope India will rectify mistakes in second test.
No chance of Excluding Rehane: Kumble
Middle Order Batsmen Ajinkya Rehane is middle of rough patch. In England Series also he failed to impress spectators. He also failed in first test which was held at pune. In the last five test matches he played, he only managed to score only 204 runs. While Krun Nair, who scored a triple century in the dugout, it would be difficult for Ajinkya Rehenae to survive in the team with current form. But Kumble backed him and assures his place in second test.