Team India clinched a crucial 106-run victory in the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam, showcasing exceptional skills not just with the bat and ball but also in the field. The final innings witnessed standout fielding efforts that made a significant impact on the game. Key moments included Rohit Sharma’s catch to dismiss Ollie Pope, KS Bharat’s quick grab to remove Ben Duckett, and Shreyas Iyer’s direct hit to send Ben Stokes back to the pavilion.
Fielding coach T Dilip expressed his delight with the team’s performance, emphasizing the importance of maintaining energy and intensity throughout the game. He commended the players for their fantastic job, especially highlighting the game-changing moment of Shreyas Iyer’s run-out that tilted the match in India’s favour.
“The game really tilted towards us with Shreyas Iyer’s run-out, the way he moved and anticipated the shot, and getting that direct hit, especially to send back someone like Ben Stokes. Overall, I am really happy as a fielding coach because the boys have done a fantastic job,” T Dilip said.
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Rohit Sharma, who played a pivotal role in the field with a stunning catch, shared insights into slip fielding, emphasizing the need for readiness and quick reactions. He credited the catch to staying still and reacting swiftly, considering the limited time available to respond to the rapidly approaching ball.
“As a slip fielder, you are always ready for it. The idea is to just stay still and then react. It was a crucial wicket for us because Ollie Pope was somebody who was in good form,” said Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain.
Shreyas Iyer, who contributed with both bat and fielding, spoke about the run-out of Ben Stokes, acknowledging the importance of making crucial contributions and creating moments of magic in the game.
“You want to chip in and contribute, to see to it that you can do a piece of magic. We are even-steven in terms of him taking a brilliant catch of mine in the second innings and also the run-out. So, we are even-steven now,” remarked Shreyas Iyer.
The players’ commitment to fielding excellence and their ability to seize crucial moments reflected India’s determination to be the best fielding team in the series.