The Indian team has been constantly working on making all the players better fielders. As it is said, catches win matches, India has worked on the fielding aspect in the past few years. The likes of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja keep the team charged up with their athleticism on the field, while Ajinkya Rahane does a specialist job in the slip and gully region. But don't things become boring if they are monotonous? Of course they do and fielding coach R Sridhar knows it very well. So, he decided to tweak some rules to make the fielding drills interesting.
In a recently shared video by the BCCI, R Sridhar is seen making Virat and Co. go through an interesting fielding drill- Divide and Conquer. Sridhar divided the squad into two teams and let them compete against each other. The drill was about improving the catch and throw skill. The players had to catch the ball with either hand and throw it with the other. A team had to make seven passes before they put the ball between the cones placed on the ground.
Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur were asked to pick the two teams. The two teams looked all charged up and seemed to enjoy this interesting drill.
Watch the video here:
India to play five Tests against England, starting August 4
India is currently in England prepping up for the five-match Test series against England. The team reunited after a 20-day break post the WTC final. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant tested positive for COVID-19 and his close contacts including Saha, B Arun, and Abhimanyu Easwaran had to undergo a ten-day isolation. The situation worsened with Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan being ruled out due to injury concerns.
Nonetheless, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have been named as the replacements, but the situation looks bleak seeing they coming in close contact of Krunal Pandya - who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Sri Lanka. Other than them, the team looks well prepared after having played a good three day practice game. KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja starred with the bat for the visitors while Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Siraj looked good with the bowl. England, on the other hand, have announced their full-fledged squad with the first Test scheduled to be played from August 4.