In the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 match against Nepal, India’s bowlers started strongly, impressively maintaining an excellent line and length while creating several opportunities for wickets. However, the Indian fielders failed to provide the necessary support, and the match saw three straightforward catches being dropped.
The first of these missed chances came when Shreyas Iyer failed to hold onto a catch in the slip. Shortly afterward, Virat Kohli, known for his safe hands, dropped a catch at covers, followed by wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan missing a simple catch behind the wicket. These lapses in the field have been a source of frustration for the Indian team, as they allowed the Nepalese batsmen to continue their innings without any major setbacks.
Early in the innings, Mohammed Shami’s pace and bounce created an opportunity for India to make a breakthrough. Kushal Bhurtel attempted a pull shot but managed to glove the ball. It flew towards wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan, who appeared perfectly positioned but shockingly missed the catch. The ball raced away to the fine leg boundary, granting Bhurtel four crucial runs.
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The second missed catch turned out to be even more costly. Aasif Sheikh aimed for a drive outside off, offering a straightforward chance to Virat Kohli at shortish cover point. However, Kohli, typically reliable in the field, dropped the sitter, allowing the ball to slip through his hands, chin, and eventually to the ground. The Nepalese batsman received a second chance at the crease, much to India’s dismay.
India’s fielding woes continued when Bhurtel edged the ball once again, resulting in a challenging opportunity at first slip. Shreyas Iyer, stationed at first slip, moved to his right but couldn’t grasp the catch. Both the bowler and the fielder displayed visible disappointment, and the missed opportunity added to India’s frustration in the match against Nepal.
— B L U E S•A R M Y (@_BluesArmy_) September 4, 2023
India dropped 3 easy catches against Nepal. Fielding plays a crucial role in cricket & missed opportunities can change the game. Catches win matches
— Khadija (@khadijatweets_) September 4, 2023
Within 5 overs 3 catches dropped by TEAM INDIA..Poor fielding like school cricket https://t.co/WEY8n81wj0
— Devansushah (@devansushah) September 4, 2023