Neither India’s batting nor bowling is being criticized as much their fielding after the loss in the first ODI against Australia in Sydney on Friday. West Indies great Michael Holding has also hit out on Indian fielders for making lousy mistakes which allowed the host to put up the highest ODI total (374) against them.
While speaking on his own YouTube Channel, the veteran pointed out Shikhar Dhawan’s mistake, who dropped Steve Smith’s catch when he was batting at 42. The southpaw could not judge a skier and was standing way inside the boundary rope. Apart from him, Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer also misjudged the ball.
Holding slammed Virat Kohli’s men for not staying on the ropes, with the boundary at the Sydney Cricket Ground not as long as it once was.
“India didn’t help themselves with their fielding. The SCG is a big ground but the boundary rope was still in from the extremes of the boundary. India slipped up on quite a few occasions, with balls going over the fielders’ heads and not going for sixes. There’s no way you should be that far within the boundary,” Michael Holding said.
‘In any ground, it’s a basic principle that you should not be that far in’ – Michael Holding
Michael Holding criticized Indian fielders for forgetting the basic principle of staying close to the boundary. He added that Indian fielders for coming in off the boundary and allowing balls to be hit over their heads for fours.
“In any ground, it’s a basic principle that you should not be that far in that the ball can go over your head and land within the boundary. If it goes over your head, it should be six and that is just basic. It’s not as if India is back in the day where fielders could take twos easily since they are a lot fitter.”
India lost the first ODI with 66 runs. They will take on Australia in the second ODI in Sydney.