The defeat in the first T20 against Australia has made everyone think. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who rarely points fingers at the team’s performance, also looked troubled by this defeat. His problem is about the poor fielding of Team India. In this match, the team dropped 3 important catches in which one was from Cameron Green, who scored 61 runs in 30 balls. Shastri called Team India’s fielding loose and said that if Team India has to beat a big team then it will have to be improved.
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He said, “If you look at the Indian team in the last few years, there has been a mix of young and experienced players. I find the youth missing here and that’s why the fielding looked weak. If you look at the fielding in the last five-six years.”
He further said, “From the perspective, I think this team does not seem to compete with the top teams in terms of fielding and it hurts in big tournaments. It is just like if you have scored an extra 15-20 runs in your batting. Talking about fielding, where is the talent? Jadeja is not there, where is the X Factor?”
Talking about the fielding of Team India in this match, the team dropped three catches in this match. The first catch was dropped by Akshar when Cameron Green was on only 42 runs. A catch was also dropped from KL Rahul’s hand, but Team India had to bear the biggest brunt for dropping the catch of Matthew Wade. His catch was dropped by Harshal Patel. At that time, Wade was playing with only one run and later he played a match-winning knock of 45 runs in 21 balls to give victory to his team.