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The former fielding coach has said that India’s women’s cricket team is the best fielding team in the world.
The Indian women’s cricket team has reached England for Test, ODI and T20 series. The team will play the only Test against the English team from June 16. After this, ODI and T20 series will be played. Former India fielding coach Biju George has said that our women’s cricket team is also the best in fielding.
He said that Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jhulan Goswami would hardly have dropped any catch in their careers. Biju said that Smriti Mandhana, Jemima Rodrigues, Deepti and Veda Krishnamurthy are the best fielders in the team. Tania is one of the best wicketkeeper in the world. While Deepti specializes in throws.
Team India was the best fielding unit in 2017
Biju was the coach of Team India from July 2017 to November 2019. He told CricketNext – Our team was the best in the 2017 World Cup. We took the most catches, stopped the most runs, hunted the most behind the wickets. Biju is currently working with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and LNCPE.
The structure of the body also makes a difference in fielding
Biju said- I think some factors are needed for good fielding. Body composition can also make a difference. Big hands and arms can go a long way in this. It is lacking in many of our players. For example, an Aussie player of moderate length has more advantage than an Indian player. Along with this, there is a lot of difference between the two in covering the field. Technique doesn’t matter here.
Set the players in one place and got them practiced
Biju said- When I joined the Indian team, my focus was just to find a perfect player for every position. Like mid-wicket or mid-on was best for Mithali. She could also interact with the bowlers from there. Mid-wicket for Harman. Boundary line for Smriti and Deepti as they are very fast and their throws are superb. We practiced by setting the field accordingly.
“Attention will have to be given on fielding in the coming series”
The 55-year-old Biju said that the team’s fielding was poor in the series against South Africa in March. He said- I think there is still a need to work on the speed and strength of the players. It has been affected a lot due to the lockdown. It is difficult to suddenly track the ball on the field after leaving the house. This is what happened against South Africa.