VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid have guarded the slip cordon for over a decade for India © Getty Images
VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid have guarded the slip cordon for over a decade for India © Getty Images

 

Aug 6, 2014

 

Ever since VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid retired in 2012, India could not find the right people to guard the slip cordon. Injuries have hurt India in this current tour in England already but Laxman believes that amidst all problems the slip catching conundrum can be solved if the players concentrate more.

 

Mid-Day reported that a statistical data has been raised that the Indians have dropped one out of three catches in this ongoing series against England.The trend of dropping catches has been set from the South Africa and the New Zealand tour. Due to the overcast conditions all the catches that have been dropped, almost all of them were behind the wicket.

 

VVS Laxman along with Rahul Dravid safeguarded the slip cordon for over a decade but here in this interview, he refuses to find faults in person and technique. Laxman said, “Dhawan and Rahane have taken great catches and Jadeja has got a great pair of hands. Everyone drops catches. Rahul and me even though we took a lot of catches, we also dropped catches.”

 

He believes that consistency in positioning and concentration would do good to the current fielders in the Indian team. He further added, “You cannot keep changing the slip cordon very frequently, it is a specialist position. Slip catching is also about confidence, the more catches that you take in the middle, the more confident you get. That’s why practice and standing in matches is very important, the more you do, the better you get.”

 

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