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Indian team were little below par on the field, admits fielding coach

by Sahir Usman Feb 13, 2018 • 09:59 AM

Port Elizabeth, Feb 12 - Conceding lapses on the field during the five-wicket loss in the rain-affected fourth ODI against South Africa, India's fielding coach R.Sridhar on Monday said such challenges will only help the team prepare better if it encounters such tough situations in the 2019 ICC World Cup.

"Yes, we were a little below par on the field in the last game," Sridhar admitted on the eve of the fifth match here.

"One catch went down, Shreyas Iyer being the brilliant fielder that he is, he made a great attempt. It was not a Grade 1 catch, but it's easy to be harsh on ourselves sometimes, easy to be harsh on our players. It's the easiest thing to do. But if you see, that was a difficult catch.

"These are things we want should happen more in terms of our preparation. We love to embrace such situations so that even if we make a mistake now, we know how to respond to that same situation the next time around. 

"So these things are good for us. Bowling with a wet ball, a wet outfield, in a reduced game -- it's fantastic it happened because we'll learn from every game," he added.

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