2009 is certainly not the best year for India in Twenty20. The former world champions have lost six matches out of nine they have played so far and it is their fielding and bowling at the death, which has cost them dear. In the their last match against Sri Lanka at Nagpur, they dropped as many as four easy catches and missed out on equal number of easy run out opportunities.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni was honest in assessing the problems that the team is facing.
"We are not a brilliant fielding side but we always try to put up a good show. However, off late we have been scratchy in this department. If we drop catches in Twenty20 like we did in the first match, then we are in for trouble," said Dhoni.
The Indian board hired Mike Young as fielding consultant and Dhoni is optimistic that the team will be benefited with the presence of a specialist fielding coach." He (Young) has done well with every team he has been associated with. I am very confident of seeing positive results in this department of the game," he said.
Bowling at the fag end of the innings is also a source of concern.
In the last game itself, India bowlers leaked 126 runs in the last 10 overs. It is something that India needs to look at very closely because the margin of victory in the shorter version is usually very small.
"If we pick the records of last 18 months, you will see that our new ball bowlers have done really well, but it is the bowling at the end of the innings which is of concern for us," said Dhoni. In the absence of Zaheer Khan, the current crop of bowlers has failed to stem the flow of runs. "We lack experience in the bowling department. In shorter version batsmen goes hard at bowlers in the last five overs and during that period every run saved is equal to a run scored,” he said.