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Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif has stated it requires long hours of practice to become a good fielder. Fitness always plays a key role for a fielder and he should be able to run faster and dive at the right time. Mohammad Kaif is regarded as one of the best fielders ever produced by India. One of the key attributes of Kaif’s superb fielding was the fact that he used to always attempt to field the ball with both hands.
The basics play a key role to be a good fielder and one must keep an eye on the ball till the last second. Furthermore, it is important to have the right technique while catching the ball and one should keep his soft if they are fielding close to the batsman.
Mohammad Kaif was one of India’s best fielders.
Moreover, fielding drills helps a player in improving his skills. The more a player practices, the better he is going to get. There is no doubt that fielding is also a lot about confidence.
Mohammad Kaif believes a batsman who is a good fielder should be rated as an all-rounder and this will motivate the younger generation to take up fielding with more interest. A good fielder can save more 20 runs in an innings and plays a key role in the success of the side.
I feel batting and fielding have lots of similarities and a good fielder who is also a good batsman should also be called an all-rounder. And a player should be rewarded for being a good fielder so that a player gets encouragement to become a good fielder,” Kaif said while talking to Times of India.
“To become a good fielder one has put in long hours of practice. The fielding drills should not be about quality but quantity, only then one can become a good fielder. One should be obsessed about becoming a good fielder”.
Meanwhile, the current Indian team has some great fielders. The players have paid special attention to their fitness, which has helped them reap rewards in the field. Players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja are all fine fielders and a lot of credit also goes to fielding coach R Sridhar.
The Indian team will look to continue their good work in the field and they would want to make a good comeback after the shutdown.