6th ODI: Fielding a worry for India

Updated: 06 September 2007 12:01 IST

India take on England in the sixth ODI on Wednesday knowing full well that there are no second chances and no room for error.

6th ODI: Fielding a worry for India

London:

India take on England in the sixth ODI on Wednesday knowing full well that there are no second chances and no room for error.

Crictics and fans of the Indian team agree that the fielding standard of the Indian cricket team has not been this bad for a long time and visitors would be hoping that the series does not slip through their butterfingers. England lead the series 3-2

"Dhoni was the only one taking catches today," Sourav Ganguly said after the win in the fifth ODI.

Wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was indeed the only one who was actually not letting anything go past him in the Headingley ODI.

From the slip cordon to the outfield, the Indians were dropping it all, taking their butter finger display in the series to a new low. In fact, the joke now goes that spectators place bets everytime a ball goes in the direction of an Indian fielder in the middle.

Still some risk factor involved in that. But, not if you predict skipper Rahul Dravid's explanation after every match on the poor effort put in by his men.

"We didnt field as well we can. Definitely, that was a disappointing part of our game. They fielded beautifully. That makes a big difference. In a game you lose by 40-50 runs. You give away 20 and they save 20, that is a 40-50 run game. So, yeah, it is an area we need to improve," Dravid had said after the third ODI.

And despite the presence of fielding coach Robin Singh, the Indian team has slipped in this department. They will have to pull up their socks if they are to stay in contention of the series when the last of the seven ODIs is played at the Lord's on Saturday.



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