Aakash Chopra criticizes India’s fielding in Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 clash against Bangladesh
By SMCS - Sep 16, 2023 10:40 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has said that India’s poor catching might have cost them the game in their Asia Cup 2023 Super Four clash against Bangladesh as well. However, Bangladesh took advantage of India’s poor show in the field and set a 266-run target in Colombo on Friday, September 15. They then bowled out India for 259 to register a six-run win and end their tournament on a positive note as well.

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Team India

While reviewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “India dropped catches as usual. Our situation is so bad that if we check out the catches for the last one year, our catching efficiency is second from bottom. So we are not taking catches at all, we keep on dropping them. We dropped a lot of catches in this match and dropped catches against Nepal as well. In the end, catches win you matches, and if you don’t hold on to them, it makes you lose matches and it happened.”

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However, India dropped three catches in the first few overs in the group-stage match against Nepal. Meanwhile, Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav gave lives to Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the 10th over of Bangladesh’s innings in Friday’s game as well, with KL Rahul later putting down a catch of Shakib Al Hasan as well.

India Sri Lanka
India witnessed a close win over Sri Lanka

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“If KL Rahul had held Shakib Al Hasan’s catch off Tilak Varma’s bowling, Tilak might have bowled eight or nine overs as well, Shakib wouldn’t have scored runs, they might have got out for 200 and we would have won the match. I understand it was a dead rubber and it wouldn’t have mattered whether you won or lost, but you don’t like a loss as it hurts you. So win if you can. You can at least do the basics right,” Aakash Chopra concluded.