After the hammering which India got with the hands of England in the recently concluded test series in which they failed to win the crucial phases of the matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed Sri Lankan Nuwan Seneviratne as the national side’s new assistant fielding coach according to the official BCCI website.
Seneviratne also worked as a Sri Lankan fielding coach in the past before taking up this much bigger job. He will start his assistance coaching life in Indian colours when the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 gets underway in the United Arab Emirates from Saturday.
The veteran Sri Lankan was in the setup of his own national side for more than ten years so he obviously has a vast experience when it comes to this field. He is just 38 years old right now so he is more agile and has a fitter body than any other fifty plus fielding coaches around the world.
Seneviratne will work with the Indian national cricket team on this very post until the upcoming International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup which is going to take place in England and Wales get over next year. So, he needs to plan straightaway to improve Indian fielding standards for the biggest tournament of the cricketing world.
This Indian fielding is one of the best at the moment in world cricket. They are brilliant sprinters as well as throwers but when it comes to catching inside the 30-yard circle, they are somewhat weak, though they are brilliant in the outfield catching positions.
The only weakness is the sleep cordon catching which we observed in the England test series. Only KL Rahul was able to perform exceptionally well in that region of the ground. Others put down several catches which eventually lead to Indian downfall. KL Rahul was a one-man show when it came to slipping catching in this series.