India tasted its first loss in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022 in the Super 12 game against South Africa. While batting, they could only score 133/9 at the end of the innings. While defending the target, the Indian bowlers brought the team back into the game as they took three wickets inside the powerplay. Also, not to forget, they had the Proteas at 40/3 after the first 10 overs.
However, after Virat Kohli dropped Aiden Markram’s catch off Ravichandran Ashwin‘s bowling, the game started tilting toward the Green Brigade. Meanwhile, ahead of the upcoming clash between India and Bangladesh, former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has questioned Men In Blue’s fielding standards in the current era. He also pointed out how Kohli emphasized on fielding during his captaincy.
“Last time I heard about giving importance to fielding was when Virat Kohli became Team India’s captain. He had taken a decision of including only those players, who are good fielders. He is no longer the captain and the coach has also changed. The new captain is not bothered about fielding. He is more concerned about batting and bowling. So, the current Team India that you have is not much athletic,” Jadeja told Cricbuzz.
Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin aren’t good fielders: Ajay Jadeja
The cricketer-turned-commentator also questioned the fielding of India’s bowling senior pros, Ashwin and Shami. The former said that the duo are great with the ball in hand but aren’t equally good when it comes to fielding.
“Who are the fielders we have? We have Ashwin and Shami. In terms of bowling, these two are great but you can’t expect good fielding from them. When you pick a team, you know what you want and I think Team India has not given much attention to their fielding,” the former Indian cricketer added.
Notably, the Indian team management has persisted with Shami and Ashwin for the upcoming game against Bangladesh. At the time of writing the Green Brigade won the toss and elected to field first. The 2007 winners have made only one change, Axar Patel in for Deepak Hooda.