Here are some improvements in Indian domestic cricket that I would suggest. There is need for these improvements, to produce a quality fielding side, quality bowlers and all-rounders.
- Not so Hard: One reason why Indian cricket does not produce too many quality fielders is the quality of grounds. The Indian grounds are too hard to dive and too rough to slide. Sliding and diving have made the Australians a formidable fielding side. Softer, greener grounds will encourage positive, attacking fielding.
- Run, batsmen, run: Australians score as many as 25-30 extra runs between wickets, which is something that needs to be introduced in Indian cricket. Batting is not just about displaying great strokes- it is abotu scoring runs- and more runs.
- Bring on the fast ones: In Australia, fast bowling is encouraged, which is why we see that odd Brett Lee or Shaun Tait, so there should be some here too. At a young age, they should be encouraged to bowl fast. Fast bowlers should be the right material- sufficiently tall, and capable of bowling at a really good pace when raw. They should be encouraged to do weight training, jogging and other fitness exercises, to reduce injuries and keep them in top pace. It will also keep the batsmen ready for the opposition fast bowling attack.
- Don't forget the roots: For a long time, spin has been the Indian team's main bowling strength. Even as pace bowling needs improvement, spin should be kept alive. Spinners from the past have a crucial role to play in this aspect. Banning young tykes from playing limited overs matches is a good thing. Captains should also speak to old spin stalwarts about setting fields for spinners to thrive.
- Go for the big hits: Indian batting is no doubt of a high quality, but lacks power. you don't see too many big sixes hit by theIndians, not are there too many fours, when the need exists. Some of them are not used to this style, but a few sixes from someone like Laxman will help. Dravid is a defensive player, but he too tries to play a blazing innings at times (such as his 50 in 22 balls against NZ). At least 1 player in each team should be given the role of hitting 4's and 6's repeatedly. However, occupation of the crease is still vital and the shot selection should be proper.
- Use that other skill: Batsmen should be encouraged to bowl and bowlers/keepers should be encouraged to bat. The best of each lot should play as all-rounders. Of course, the right material should be picked, at a young age. The bowlers/keepers should not play too much like top-6 batsmen, but just score runs through big shots or help build partnerships. Batsmen need not be strike bowlers, but should provide support.
- Encourage real keepers: Rather than produce a wicketkeeper batsman who's average at keeping and batting, teams should look to make mould quality glovemen. If wicketkeepers have genuine battting ability, they can work on their batting more regularly.