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'New Zealand owes to my butter-finger team-mates'

Published: Friday, March 27, 2009, 10:41 [IST]
 
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 'Dropped catches hurt us'

Napier: India"s stand-in captain Virender Sehwag believes New Zealand owes their comeback to his butter-finger team-mates who need to improve their standard of fielding in the remainder of the second cricket Test.

'The bowlers did well. If we had taken catches, we could have probably taken seven or eight wickets today," Sehwag said.

'If we had taken Taylor"s catch (when he had made four) it would have been 25 for four," added the dejected Indian skipper.

New Zealand were reeling at 23 for three when Ross Taylor (151) and Jesse Ryder (137 batting) cobbled a 271-run stand for the fourth wicket to bail the hosts out.

Things could have been worse for the hosts but Yuvraj Singh dropped Taylor at the third slip when the batsman was on four and it proved a costly mistake.

Taylor was on 92 when he got another reprieve and this time it was Rahul Dravid who could not latch on to the difficult chance in the lone slip.

Incidentally, Yuvraj also dropped James Franklin towards the end after the second new ball had been taken.

Sehwag said such things happen but the Indians need to immediately lift their standard of fielding.

'This happens in cricket. Some days you catch everything and some days you don"t. But we have to improve our fielding, especially with our catching," Sehwag said.

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