The Indian team will play many big matches on the tour of England. The team will first play in the final of the first World Test Championship against New Zealand on 18 June and then play in a five-Test series against England. Before the tour, the team’s fielding coach R. Sridhar talked about the team’s preparations.
Recently, young players like Shubman Gill have come into the Indian team – how do you decide which fielding position will be good for which player?
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We also see his hand-eye coordination, his reflexes as well. Also see how quickly he reaches the ball. What is his ability to throw the ball from the boundary. How is his ball sense? Keeping in view all these dimensions, we give training to the youth. We try to be at the peak of their abilities. Talking about Shubman Gill, I believe that among all I have seen, Shubman Gill is a complete athlete. He is slim, tall, runs fast and has excellent hand eye coordination.
How do you watch the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand?
The World Test Championship final is between two competing teams. Both the teams have played quality cricket and I am sure Southampton will see a great fight between the two. As far as our team is concerned, we will take it like any other match. Its preparation will also be done in the same way.
Which players will be your eyes in the New Zealand team?
I don’t think New Zealand or any other team depends on any one player. They have quality players whether it is batting, bowling or fielding. We have played against him before and we know how he can perform.
Is it a matter of concern that the Indian cricket team will not be able to fully prepare before the World Test Championship final against New Zealand while the New Zealand team will play a two-match Test series against England?
I don’t think not getting game-time will be of any concern. I think being less prepared can go in our favor as our players will be more mentally prepared. It’s like playing with an injury. When you’re injured, you tend to focus more. Along with this, our cricketers have been playing cricket continuously for the last few months. It was unfortunate that the IPL had to be suspended. I am sure that during this time the players must have worked hard to keep themselves fit and they will be fully prepared for the WTC finals.