The Virat Kohli & Co. carried on one of their worst performances in the second T20I against West Indies on Sunday (8th December). The Indian cricketers, who are considered the best in limited-overs cricket, dropped several catches and misfielded in their seventh loss in this year. The fans were furious with another continuing dismissal fielding effort presented by Kohli & Co.
In the first T20 match at Hyderabad, the Indian team had dropped several important catches. Washington Sundar dropped the catch of Shimron Hetmyer who later went on to score his maiden T20I half-century. However, the Men in Blue won that game, owing to their batting squad.
Nevertheless, the series has been balanced by the visitors on Sunday when they defeated India by eight wickets. India performed poorly at the field, dropping easy catches and giving extra runs to the opponents because of silly misfields.
Following a similar pattern, once again, Sundar dropped the catch of important Windies opener Lendl Simmons in the fifth over. The vicious opener took the opportunity and making the most out of it, he lead the visitors to the victory with his unbeaten 67 off of 45 balls.
In the same over, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant failed to catch the ball after Bhuvneshwar Kumar induced an edge from Evin Lewis. Lewis then went on to score 40 off 35 balls. India gave away five runs (one no-ball and four wides) in extras which eventually cost them the game by eight wickets.
Virat Kohli: ‘If we field so poorly, no amount of runs will be enough’
In the post-match ceremony, the India skipper Virat Kohli himself admitted that the poor fielding posted by his boys was what caused them that latest defeat.
“To be honest, WI bowled cutters and their change of pace did not help us. But if we field so poorly, no amount of runs will be enough. We were poor with the field in the last two games.
“We dropped two catches in one over. Imagine if they lost two overs in the same over. Everyone saw we need to be more brave in fielding,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
However, the confession won’t be enough if the team wants to keep up their winning momentum. Coming ahead, the decider will be played on 11 December at the Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). If they want to win the series, Kohli and his team will have to buckle up and give a performance they are known for.
Meanwhile, fans keep trolling India’s fielding, even questioning Kohli’s captaincy, chanting Dhoni’s name, and fielding coach’s ability to train the Men in Blue.
Here is the fan’s reaction on social media on India’s continuing poor fielding:
India's grand scheme of experiments before the WT20 going swimmingly well. Haven't seen a shittier fielding side and a toothless Indian bowling attack.#INDvWI
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) December 8, 2019
— BlueCap 🇮🇳 (@IndianzCricket) December 8, 2019
— Ek Aur Bewakoof (@sixthumpire) December 8, 2019
Watching India's Fielding : pic.twitter.com/KBwhHaot73
— Abhilekh (@pandey__jiii) December 8, 2019
India are no by means a bad fielding side (we all know that now) but they have just been fielding badly for a while now in this format. It would annoy Kohli no end, I'd assume, because it's one of those controllables he keeps talking about. #INDvWI
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) December 8, 2019
Calling India’s fielding in this series atrocious would be an understatement. Begs the question – what is exactly is the fielding coach doing other than having drinks with the head coach? #INDvWI
— महादादा (@mahadada) December 8, 2019