India held on to 15 catches behind the stumps with Test debutant Rishabh Pant recording seven catches while KL Rahul at second slip also pouched seven at second slip in the match. Virat Kohli took a blinder to remove Ollie Pope in the first innings
India held on to 15 catches behind the stumps with Test debutant Rishabh Pant recording seven catches while KL Rahul at second slip also pouched seven at second slip in the match. Virat Kohli took a blinder to remove Ollie Pope in the first innings

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri lauded India’s catching unit after the team’s 203-run win  over England in the third Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Wednesday.

“It’s about executing your plans in the best possible method and they did it magnificently,” Shastri told sky Sport. “As a batting unit, bowling unit and more importantly, as a catching unit.”

India held on to 15 catches behind the stumps with Test debutant Rishabh Pant recording seven catches while KL Rahul at second slip also pouched seven at second slip in the match. Virat Kohli took a blinder to remove Ollie Pope in the first innings, while Ajinkya Rahane held on to an easy one of James Anderson off Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Terrific, because they (fielders) realize now that they have a potent pace attack and if you have to support the pace bowlers, you need to take your catches,” said Shastri adding, “If you do that, they get the wickets and you stay on the ground lesser. Emphasis has been on fielding. If you look at the ODI side, it has been the best fielding side India has had, ever. Idea is to get the Test side also in same frame of mind as well.”

The 56-year-old was all praise for the team, which, according to him applied themselves and played in a positive manner at Trent Bridge.

“You can’t ask for more. What we demanded from the boys, was accountability. We knew we were close to beating England, despite the results, despite being 0-2 down. I said at the press conference that there wasn’t a negative bone in the team and I mean it. We came out here to win this Test match, it’s about applying yourself,” said Shastri, who has played 80 Test for India.”

The Indian pace quartet of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya recorded 19 wickets among them – the second highest by an Indian pace attack in a Test match and Shastri claimed that in this attack, including the bench strength, is the best that India has seen for a long while.

“By a mile, and the best strength. If you look, the two potent fast bowlers for English conditions were Bhuvi and Bumrah, they didn’t play in the ODIs at all and in the first couple of Tests, yet to play together. Then you have Ishant and Shami bowling beautifully with Umesh waiting in the wings.”