R Sridhar suspects Shikhar Dhawan might struggle in the slips post comeback
Fielding in the slip region could be a challenge for Shikhar Dhawan, suspects fielding coach R Sridhar. Dhawan was hit on his left thumb by a delivery from Pat Cummins during India’s game against Australia in the ICC World Cup.
The opener went on to score a hundred and guided his side to a thumping win. He has been ruled out for at least three weeks but the team management has decided to extend his stay in England. Skipper Virat Kohli has said that the southpaw is eager to get back in the field and staying with the team will motivate him to do so.
“Throwing won’t be a problem, but definitely there will be impact while fielding and catching, especially (since) he’s a slip fielder. If you know, he stands in the slips in the initial phase of the innings, that can be an issue. We’ll test him out with lighter balls first and gradually move on to the cricket ball and see how it goes from there, but, yeah, that will be a challenge,” Sridhar said.
On how soon the left-hand batter and get back in the field, he said “Once we assess him, probably on 10th or 12th day, we’ll have to look – it’s his bottom hand (left) while batting. It’s not his dominant hand because he’s a (natural) right-handed”.
Sridhar backs team India’s grey line in fielding
The Indian team isn’t the best side when it comes to direct throws and Sridhar knows it quite well. He said the side is working on it “That’s a very good observation. It is something which I have my eye on as well, and we practice a lot for that. I would say converting, whether it’s a run-out or not, converting one in three or four throws is a good conversion rate, in my opinion.
He backed his side and added that the men in blue could have done better against Australia. “Don’t judge me on that opinion, but picking up one out of four, you’re doing a good job as a direct-hit unit. But we failed to do that in the last game. We had over ten strikes, and we hit only once. In some days, we hit three out of five. That is one area we work hard on in every session.” he said.
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