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    Your current Indian selection largely on fielding and athleticism

    Once again, India's fielding woes and athleticism problem were highlighted by Harsha Bhogle in the Australia tour. While I do feel too much negativity exists about Indian fielding (after all, there are good fielders in the side, and no poor fielding side can actually win a World Cup), there is some scope for improvement. Yet we find good fielders often sidelined for pushovers- which is how Munaf Patel is a regular despite dreadful fielding. There are good fielders across the country who can come together in a decent playing XI with reserves, as also, at the very least, safe fielders who can make a really strong team.

    Whom would you put together? Plenty of batsmen will make the list, but try to find really good fielders amongst frontline pace bowlers or spinners, or all-rounders, you'll struggle. Even the best fielding pacers are just safe, and not likely to fluff much. You'll never find a world-class fielder who's a seriously effective spinner. An all-rounder who's also very effective on the field is hard to catch. When you find Ravindra Jadeja way ahead in this class, you know it's uphill. You'll have a strong top six, maybe even with a wicketkeeper (a different aspect), but a weak bowling attack (boosted to average with a fifth bowler) and a very weak bottom five. Interestingly, you'll have a very strong South Zone presence in this team, as the best fielders come largely from TN, and a few from Karnataka. Let's see how it shapes up.
    • Mukund
    • Rahane
    • Badrinath
    • Dinesh Karthik (WK)
    • Raina
    • Rohit Sharma/Kohli
    • Jadeja/Nayar/Bhatia/Kulkarni
    • Yo Mahesh
    • Pankaj Singh
    • Iqbal Abdulla
    • Varun Aaron
    Fair, so it's not dominated by the South Zone teams, but it's still competitive. This is a highly subjective debate, so no two suggestions will be exactly the same. Even then, when you have good fielders, the objective will be to keep them going good on the field over a long term- which we haven't seen in this side. More importantly, this is not a cross-form team, so changes will occur, depending on the form of the game played.
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    can't see how you can pick a team on fielding and then pick Karthik. Saha looked good, with glove and bat
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    Saha's a bits-and-pieces player in comparison. Can't imagine him keeping to two spinners who get a lot of purchase from the pitch, or batting above five bowlers. Karthik has been the best wicketkeeper for a long time, but has missed out because of Dhoni's near-monopoly, but he's not been as emphatic a batsman. On keeping alone, Karthik is better than the rest.

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    Only Kohli and Raina are very good imo. The others are above average perhaps.

    I'm sure India have better wicketkeepers than Dinesh Karthik.
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    Jadeja's as good a fielder as Kohli and Raina imo.

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    Ah forgot about him. Fair call. Useful player in limited over games on the whole imo.

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    Manoj Tiwary has to be there. He is very good too.

    Karthik and Saha both do pretty well in the outfield too IIRC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Himannv View Post
    Only Kohli and Raina are very good imo. The others are above average perhaps.

    I'm sure India have better wicketkeepers than Dinesh Karthik.
    We haven't seen much of these other players in top-flight international events, but so far, every one of them has looked good. Actually, so did Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj, pre-injury. It's a matter of maintaining that intensity on the field over a long period of time.

    As for the keeper choice, a certain fan from TN (actually the entire TN fan base) would beg to differ. I've yet to find a better wicketkeeper than Karthik who's also a viable batsman. Dhoni's just safe, Patel and Saha are both poor, and Ojha isn't someone I'd have keeping to a promising young spinner.
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    Jadeja's as good a fielder as Kohli and Raina imo.
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    Ah forgot about him. Fair call. Useful player in limited over games on the whole imo.
    Vastly over-rated fielder. He's only a show-pony, hardly useful in action. Rarely has he forced a run-out or taken a game-changing catch. In fact, he's dropped several high catches and thrown away a match with a wild throw in England. Very poor choice in catching positions. Not even someone you can have in the frontline as a batsman or bowler.
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    Manoj Tiwary has to be there. He is very good too.

    Karthik and Saha both do pretty well in the outfield too IIRC.
    Tiwary is a good outfielder, but his slip-catching is still suspect. Just like Gambhir, Raina and Jadeja.

    Karthik and Saha, when not wicketkeeping, are average or below-average batsmen. They add more to their places behind the stumps, and better outfielders exist.

    Anyway, where are all the bowlers?

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    Vastly over-rated fielder. He's only a show-pony, hardly useful in action. Rarely has he forced a run-out or taken a game-changing catch. In fact, he's dropped several high catches and thrown away a match with a wild throw in England. Very poor choice in catching positions. Not even someone you can have in the frontline as a batsman or bowler.
    So catches and run outs are only of good quality if they're game changing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    So catches and run outs are only of good quality if they're game changing?
    Given the very few instances of him taking catches or effecting run-outs, in comparison to the large number of bloopers which none of Raina, Rohit Sharma or even Yusuf Pathan have committed. Jadeja may be very athletic, but he's got very poor fielding technique- less athletic blokes field better.

    The benchmark would be Raina, Rohit Sharma, Kohli and Badrinath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun View Post
    Vastly over-rated fielder. He's only a show-pony, hardly useful in action. Rarely has he forced a run-out or taken a game-changing catch. In fact, he's dropped several high catches and thrown away a match with a wild throw in England. Very poor choice in catching positions. Not even someone you can have in the frontline as a batsman or bowler.Tiwary is a good outfielder, but his slip-catching is still suspect. Just like Gambhir, Raina and Jadeja.
    Two very good run outs aws. Just sayin.

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    Why should the fielding be given importance while selecting a side when the batting and bowling are far worse?

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    India usually do well in Tests when its fielding and catching is sharp and flop when the same is poor.So I think the point is relevant

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