We Were Below Par On The Field In The 4th ODI, Says R Sridhar

The team india's fielding was below-par during the five-wicket defeat against South Africa in the fourth ODI but fielding coach R Sridhar expects his players to be more cautious as cross-winds in the port city during the penultimate match could make catching difficult.

"Definitely, we will take that into consideration. That is something that is important, especially for high balls. You have to keep that into account as it comes under your awareness. No matter where you are fielding on the boundary line, you need to be aware which way the wind is blowing," Sridhar said during the pre-match press conference.

"We were a little below par on the field in the last game. One catch went down, Shreyas Iyer being the brilliant fielder that he is, made a great attempt. It was not a Grade 1 catch, but it's easy to be harsh on ourselves sometimes and easy to be harsh on our players. It's the easiest thing to do. But if you see, that was a difficult catch," Sridhar said.

The Indian fielding has been generally poor on the tour so far and many were, including legendary Sunil Gavaskar, on the opinion that it caused team fourth ODI.

Abhishek Patil

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