Nagpur: Disturbed over his team"s poor fielding, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni urged his teammates not to spill at least the sitters when they clash with Sri Lanka in the second ODI here.
The butter-fingered Indian fielders dropped as many as three easy catches in the first ODI in Rajkot and the shoddy fielding allowed Sri Lanka to make 411 in reply to India"s 414. Even in the last two Twenty20s, Indians dropped a dozen catches and missed several run-out opportunities.
“We were fielding well in patches and not dropping catches at the international level. You may drop the odd difficult catch but straightforward chances need to be taken. In the last three-four games we have dropped a lot of regulation catches. Of course, it bothers me," said Dhoni on the eve of the ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium here Thursday.
Dhoni, however, prasied fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra for their tight bowling in the death overs.
“It was one of the best in the past year. I have always said we had not been very consistent with the death bowling. In the last game, in the last five overs we gave away only 27 runs. It was a very good effort."
“Ashish (Nehra) bowled five overs in a row. There was a bit of reverse swing going which actually helped us a bit," he said.
The wicket at the VCA Stadium is also expected to be run-friendly.
“In the last T20 game here, there was good bounce. The wicket for the match looks like good and flat. I had a conversation with the curator," he said.