Giving exceptional performances not just with the bat but in all the three departments of the game, the Indian cricket team, recently, won the three-match test series against South Africa with a complete white-wash of 3-0. The guests were outdone in all the three departments especially fielding.
Recently, talking to The Times Of India, the Indian fielding coach, Ramakrishnan Sridhar talked about the improved fielding condition of the Indian cricket team, that even gained praise from the captain of South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis.
Impressed and satisfied by the performance of the Indian cricketers, R.Sridhar revealed why Ravindra Jadeja, the Indian all-rounder is ranked highly in the fielding department. He stated that Jadeja’s presence lifts the team’s spirits. He said:
“Jaddu’s presence on the field lifts the team’s spirits. He is someone who can keep the opposition on their toes with his fielding. He has an intimidating presence on the field.”
Calling him the best fielder of the last decade, R. Sridhar said:
“I wouldn’t like to go very far but in the last decade or so Jadeja has been the best fielder India has had… The change has been in two areas: mindset and fitness. Changing the mindset is pertaining to what the teams want to achieve, and fitness was a crucial part of that.”
R. Sridhar was asked who has been the most improved bowler in the fielding department, to which R. Sridhar heaped in praises for Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah. He said:
“In the World Cup, I had said that Yuzvendra Chahal was the most improved fielder. Bumrah too is improving and the way Ishant took caught-and-bowled chances in the Windies was brilliant.”