When one looks at the West Indies side, it is not wrong if they say West Indies is a brilliant fielding side. Yes, there is no doubt; they are acrobatic in the field. Players like Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell bring so much into the team with their breathtaking catching and fielding. Every cricket fan has witnessed the catches which were once impossible to hold on was made possible by these West Indies athletes.

However, the way things have gone so far in the series, West Indies have lacked application in the field. In today’s match there were a lot of dropped catches. Even worse is the number of runs gifted via over-throws. Andre Russell, one of West Indies finest fielders didn’t get rid of the ball as it was collected. A similar incident happened in the 2nd ODI too when Kieron Pollard didn’t bother to throw the ball which cost them an extra run.

 

The most important cause of this to happen is the lack of presence of mind and application. Marlon Samuels dropped Dhoni’s catch in the deep threw the ball in anger without realizing that the batsman might run the second. Eventually, where one run was there for the taking, India got three because Denesh Ramdin caused another over-throw. On the other hand, you got to give credit to the Indian batsmen as well. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were alert and sensed there was a second and a third run and went for it.

This is international cricket, and what West Indies have displayed in the field is not acceptable by international standards. Surely, a team meeting will be organised regarding this issue.

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