Aakash Chopra identifies a clear flaw in the Indian team
Aakash Chopra identifies a clear flaw in the Indian team: Aakash Chopra, a former cricket player who is now a commentator, is worried about India’s fielding before the T20 World Cup in 2022. He says that India’s fielders have greatly disappointed the bowlers in the previous few games.
Team India has played seven T20Is since the Super 4s of the Asia Cup. They have won four among these and lost the other three matches. But against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia, all three losses have happened when defending targets.
Fielders weren’t good enough!
Aakash Chopra said that the Indian bowlers did create chances in those games, but the fielders just weren’t good enough.
“We have already spoken a lot about how weak our bowling is and how we are unable to defend totals. But the reality is that when the bowlers create some genuine chances, the fielders are unable to catch some of them. That makes the bowlers look even weaker,” he said on his YouTube channel.
“Out of every six catches that come our way, we are able to hold onto just four of them.”
The former opening batter also said that India has the second-worst record when it comes to catching, since Pakistan has caught more balls than them in recent years.
“We say that Pakistan drop so many catches, but the fact is that we drop more catches than them. We have held onto just 75.8 percent of the catches that have come our way. Only Sri Lanka with 74.3 have a worse record than us,” Chopra said.
No more “gun” fielders
Aakash Chopra also said, using Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh as examples, that India no longer has any “gun” fielders on the team.
“We no longer have real “gun” fielders in our team. Players like Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and even Ravindra Jadeja isn’t a part of this team. We no longer use the phrase ‘Wow! what a fielder’ watching someone from our team field,” he stated.
The Men in Blue have one more T20I at home against South Africa before they leave for Australia on October 16 for the T20 World Cup 2022.
On October 23, the Men in Blue will start their campaign against their biggest rival, Pakistan.