CWC 2019: Will Rishabh Pant play semi-finals?
It doesn’t matter how many runs a team score but when one of its fielders is a tad sloppy on the field leaking a couple of runs, there are chances that the game may get tilted away from you.
Coming to the point, India’s dismal fielding efforts have long been criticised for losing close ODI encounters. On the contrary, Indians have also managed to turn the game around with sensational catches as well.
As fielding became the most important factor of the game besides batting and bowling, some fielding coaches are recruited in examining player’s performance on the field.
India’s fielding brigade is regarded as one of the best in contemporary cricket but it is still not perfect. One way or the other, players are leaking runs in crucial junctures of the game and there are areas in which Indians need to work on it.
Rishabh Pant, who was recently included in the playing XI as a replacement of Vijay Shankar has a lot of catching up to do in terms of fielding as an outfield player according to India fielding coach R Sridhar. The coach said that 21-year-old needs to improve his fielding standards.
“A lot of work has to go into him (Pant). First of all, he needs to improve his technique in throwing and also needs to be a little more athletic to be an outfielder,” Sridhar said after India made it into the semis of the World Cup.
As per Sridhar, Dinesh Karthik was not given a chance to keep the wickets as DK himself is a better outfield player than Pant. If the coach finds no improvements in Pant’s fielding, then he may not be picked for upcoming matches.
“Obviously, Dinesh despite being a wicketkeeper is a good outfielder. He pulls off some good saves at backward point. Rishabh is developing and he needs to do this a bit more to develop the awareness, to get a hang of it. That’s why we harp about getting fielders in the same positions so that they get an idea,” he added.