Fans 'lost for words' as India struggle to take catches against England
The Indian cricket team, on Day 2 of the ongoing first Test against England, once against showed their vulnerability in fielding as they dropped several catches during the day at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.
Captain Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes started the day for England at 263 for 3, and the duo took the side right up to 387, stitching a 124-run stand. Stokes, in particular, was the aggregator as he piled misery on India's fate by scoring 82 off just 118 balls. The story, however, could have been different if India had taken their chances. The England all-rounder was dropped twice in two overs; first by Ravichandran Ashwin, and second by Cheteshwar Pujara.
Even Dom Bess was given a lifeline by Rohit Sharma. The Indian opener, in fact, dropped the easiest of catches and looked amused himself.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was left livid with the way India were fielding.
"Just like they practice the pull shot, the cut shot in the nets, I think the fielding coach must also try and give them these caught and bowled situations as if the bowler has bowled and then he looks up and the catch comes,"Gavaskar said on the post-lunch show on Star Sports.
"It is an important aspect. India have been missing a fair few caught and bowled opportunities. I don’t know how they will be able to practice that but they need to do that.”
Cricket fans also reacted to Team India's poor fielding effort during the second day's play on Twitter:
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