Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former director and head coach of Team India Ravi Shastri has issued a warning to the Men in Blue ahead of the T20 World Cup to be played in Australia.

As per the former all-rounder, Team India have to develop their fielding standard to make any mark in the mega event.

“One area in which India will have to pick up and start right from the beginning is fielding. Men in Blue need to work very hard and improve their fielding standard,” said the 60-year-old former great.

Shastri also pointed out that India must step up especially against Pakistan in regard to their fielding.

“A good fielding team can save 15-20 runs which can make all the difference in big games especially against Pakisan. Otherwise every time you get out to bat, you need to get 15-20 runs extra. For sides like Australia, England and South Africa they set a high standard in fielding. Look at what Sri Lanka did in the Asia Cup with their great fielding. They won a tight encounter against Pakistan riding on their fielding,” he said.

Shastri is someone who has been closely associated with Indian Cricket for a long time and served Indian cricket in proper capacity. Considering the fact that Shastri knows the team both in and out, his advice worths its weight in gold.

Meanwhile, Shastri has exuded confidence about India’s batting.

“India have a good a line-up in T20 cricket. With Surya (Surya Kumar Yadav) at no. 4, Hardik Pandya at no.5, and Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik at no.6, it makes a massive difference,” the former head coach said.