Although India beat rivals Pakistan in their opening encounter of the Champions Trophy 2017, a lot of errors were seen during the game and these were not made by Pakistan but by the Indian team.
The reference here is being made to India’s sloppy fielding throughout the game The legend from Yorkshire Geoffrey Boycott voiced his opinion on India’s poor fielding and said that if they were to continue playing well in the tournament they would have to improve themselves in the fielding department.
“The catching and ground fielding varied from the sublime to the ridiculous, and both sides were equally guilty, but India batted and bowled very well. All they need to work on are their ground fielding and catching. They have the likes of the wonderfully athletic Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja, but there are a couple of camels on the field, and that may become a problem in tight matches, where a run given away, or a dropped catch, could prove priceless,” wrote the 76-year-old for the Times Group.
Even though India fielded very poorly they enjoyed the benefit of Pakistan’s total surrender while chasing the score of 304. While the Indian batsmen were outstanding on the day, their Pakistani counterparts were a total flop and India won the game by 124 runs.
Apart from opining that India should improve on their fielding, the 76 year old feels the overall performance by the team was exceptional. Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma all regained their form while on the other hand Hardik Pandya proved why he is one of the finest all rounders in the squad. The bowlers also performed up to the mark with Umesh Yadav spearheading the pace attack. But with such an all round performance India can be very intimidating for any opposition side. They next play Sri Lanka on June 8 at The Oval.