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India keen to out-field opponents, says fielding coach Sridhar
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India keen to out-field opponents, says fielding coach Sridhar

India's fielding coach R Sridhar has predicted 'out-cricket' to play an important role in deciding the ultimate victor in the high-stakes World Cup clash between India and Pakistan on Sunday.

India generally possess a strong fielding unit, meanwhile, their forthcoming counterparts were hugely disappointing in the match against Australia in Taunton on Wednesday.

Pakistan's horrendous display in the field saw them drop as many as three catches in addition to conceding several overthrows leading to captain Sarfaraz Ahmed stressing the need to uplift their fielding standards for the must-win game against India.

India, at the moment, are comfortably slotted in the upper half of the points table following victories over South Africa and Australia and a washout against New Zealand in Nottingham.

"Fielding, I would say, is vital in every match," Sridhar told reporters in the aftermath of the abandoned game versus the Kiwis.

"I saw it at The Oval on Sunday when we played Australia. Although we had a big total -- 352-5 -- on the board, we had to field out of our skins to defend the total.

"I think we should look to out-field our opponents, not only in the next game, but also in all games, and we expect our opponents to do the same.

He added: "We have a terrific slip catcher and a safe catcher in Rohit (Sharma), and we have two guys, Virat and (Kedar) Jadhav, who are very intimidating in the position."

'Bumrah is still a work in progress'

Sridhar admitted India's key pacer Jasprit Bumrah was perhaps the weakest link in the fielding department but he too was putting in the hard yards to improve his skills.

"Bumrah is probably one of the hardest workers as far as fielding goes," said Sridhar "From when he joined the team in 2016 to what he is now, he's a massive improvement, although still a work in progress, but a massive improvement."

Sridhar emphasized his side were still confident because of the two wins and their momentum was not stalled by no play possible on Thursday.

"You really can't control the weather, so we've had two good games," he said.

"I went on the (Trent Bridge) ground. It was almost like a skating rink. So it would have been too much of a risk for the players to play on there, especially in the early phase of the tournament," he added.