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Pujara admitted India were expecting more wear and tear on the surface on the last two days. PTI file Pujara admitted India were expecting more wear and tear on the surface on the last two days. PTI file
Melissa Porter | 08 December, 2017, 03:53

So, there are so many positives. "If we have a bit of luck, I think we have the team to do well overseas", Dravid said.

A plausible explanation for India's poor form in the slips could be the fact that they have often rotated players in a catching area that needs teams to identify and stick with specialists.

The Indian team, through the past one year, did not need to play much on the fifth day, but Pujara said it was not the reason.

"We took a decision, a right decision that the boys who are playing Ranji Trophy should be allowed to play that. We are looking forward to the World Cup now and the three-week camp ahead of that starts in Bengaluru tomorrow", Dravid spoke on cricket at U-19 level.

"To be honest, we haven't fielded well [in the slips] and I would accept that". At the same time, there have been injuries. So we had to replace Vijay.

"We haven't taken many catches (in the slips) but we will definitely get better at it", Pujara, a reliable slip fielder himself, told reporters on Wednesday. "Overall the team have improved as a fielding unit, but slip fielding is something we are looking to improve", he added. Even in ODIs, Tendulkar's median run share in India's victories was higher, although the difference in ODIs between the two is narrow. "We don't want to disturb him from there".

Perera, in as a makeshift opener for the innings, was on 16 when second-slip fielder Dhawan invaded the space of his colleague stationed to his left and dropped the catch that belonged to the latter.

He also took a dig at the Proteas' batting line-up.

"Technically, I don't know what is going wrong", admitted Pujara.

"All those players who were standing in the slips, they are taking about 50-100 catches every day".

Perhaps it is time appropriate for the governing body of cricket the ICC to take remedial action and the organizers and adjudicators of games such as the umpires to be given strict instructions towards ensuring the safety of players relative to health and making timely decisions to avoid incapacitating them which could even result in permanent health hazards as seemed to be the case in this instance while bearing in mind that it is not only risky pitches and possible threats from sources bent on disrupting the game that come into play during a game. When Pujara came back to Test cricket, Dravid had retired, and he responded with centuries against all three touring sides that season: New Zealand, England and Australia, in the process becoming the joint-fastest Indian to 1000 Test runs in terms of Tests played to get there. "It has been a fantastic year but there is scope for improvement".

However, India went on to win the three-match series 1-0. "We have enough experience of being in South Africa".