Bangalore, Aug 31: Team India coach Duncan Fletcher had raised an alarm on slip fielding a few days ahead of the first Test against New Zealand, former India captain Ajit Wadekar feels the team has found suitable replacements for Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman as Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag are doing a fabulous job.
India played its first Test in 16 years without Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, as the coach had also raised a few issues regarding slip fielding but Sehwag and Virat Kohli did a fabulous job for the team as they fielded brilliantly in the first Test.
Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag both took 4 catches each in the first Test match against New Zealand at Hyderabad.
Ajit Wadekar, who was honoured with the Castrol lifetime achievement award on Wednesday, said "Tiger Pataudi and I put a lot of emphasis on slip fielding".
"We had the best spinning quartet- EAS Prasanna, BS Chandrashekar, Bishan Singh Bedi and Venkatraghavan. They needed support from slip fielders," said Wadekar.
Wadekar also said that it was the same with Dravid and Laxman as they were the best at the job, for 16 years.
"If you happened to drop batsmen of the caliber of Gary Sobers and Geoff Boycott, you had it. That was carried forward by Rahul (Dravid) and VVS Laxman," Wadekar added after he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at Bangalore on Wednesday.
Now, with both the legends announcing their retirement from international cricket, Duncan Fletcher seemed to be a worried man as there were issues with slip fielders.
But after the frist Test, things seem to be better as Sehwag and Virat Kohli have done a decent job at slip having taken 8 catches between them in the first Test.
"If you look back at the last Test in Hyderabad, Viru (Sehwag) along with Virat Kohli did extremely well. So, we seem to have found replacements for Rahul and Laxman in the batting order but also in the slips," he observed.