India's catching standards have taken a beating in the ongoing series against West Indies and we take a look at how many they have dropped in their last two T20I series.
1st T20I - Mushfiqur Rahim
Rahim was dropped off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal in the first T20I by Krunal Pandya and the Bangladesh batsman went on to make an impact in the game which the tourists won. Rahim finished on 60 not out and was adjudged the Man of the Match.
2nd T20I - Liton Das
Soon after the powerplay at Rajkot in the second T20I against Bangladesh, India dropped another catch with Rohit Sharma letting go of Liton Das. Washington Sundar had enticed Das into a slog sweep and three fielders converged before Rohit went for the catch and put it down.
Vs West Indies
1st T20I - Shimron Hetmyer (twice)
Sundar let go of Hetmyer twice in the first T20I. On the first occasion, Chahal was the bowler and Sundar completely misjudged the catch at short fine-leg. The ball was landing in front of him, but he anticipated it to come to him and never made a move. This was in the 16th over and he let Hetmyer off again next over.
Deepak Chahar had a slew of catches dropped off his bowling in the first game against the Windies at Hyderabad. Shimron Hetmyer was a beneficiary when Washington Sundar put down another catch at long-on when the West Indian sliced a slog.
1st T20I - Kieron Pollard (twice)
Rohit Sharma let go of Kieron Pollard twice off successive balls in the first T20I. Poor Deepak Chahar had induced false strokes and Rohit got close to the ball only to let go of it the first time. While that chance was incredibly tough, on the second occasion, the ball went right at him and he parried it over the ropes for six.
1st T20I - Jason Holder
Captain Virat Kohli let go of Jason Holder in the final over at Hyderabad off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and also conceded four runs in the process. He would, however, make amends from the same position - long-off - in the second T20I with a stunning catch.
2nd T20I - Lendl Simmons
Lendl Simmons was benefited as Washington Sundar put down a dolly at mid-off with Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the bowler. Simmons had miscued the swing and the ball went straight to Sundar who missed a straightforward chance.
2nd T20I - Evin Lewis
Two balls after Simmons' drop, Rishabh Pant gave Evin Lewis a life when he was caught wrong-footed as the batsman edged one behind off Kumar. Pant was stuck on his right foot and the ball travelled to his left, making it tough for him.
2nd T20I - Nicholas Pooran
Shreyas Iyer let down Pooran in the late stages of the second T20I as he ran across from long-on and failed to get his fingers onto a catch that went really high. The bowler was yet again Deepak Chahar who had three catches put down off his bowling at Hyderabad.
India have put down as many as 10 catches in their last five T20Is and that's an alarming rate for a top side in this format of the game where each run matters.
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