The modern day Indian cricket team has defined themselves not just as a top batting and bowling side, but also as an athletic and excellent fielding unit. The most recent instance of this fact was when Hardik Pandya almost flew to take Kane Williamson’s catch in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand.
Indian team’s fielding coach R. Sridhar on Wednesday revealed what kind of training the Men in Blue are being put through which has resulted in such a great improvement in their catching skills.
“We brought a different type of machine called ‘Teammate’ for slip-catching simulations. We did a lot of blindfold work or reaction work. By the time, we reached Australia, it was a well-oiled machine and if you see, Virat took some brilliant catches.”
Biggest challenge in New Zealand?
“The biggest challenge you face in New Zealand as a fielder is the breeze. Most of the batting and bowling plans are based around that breeze. If we see the ball wobble a lot in the air, we try and simulate that in practice, use balls of different weights, so that the ball swerves and swings more in the air.”