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Catching lessons for Indians

Singh, who holds the record for the most number of catches (seven) in a Test, discussed the intricacies of close-in catching with the Indian team.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 03:34 IST

The Indian team, after having a two-day break, reunited here on Thursday ahead of the third Test against England. Though VVS Laxman arrived just before the session was over thanks to a delay in flight, the Indian camp had a guest in the form of ex-Test player Yajurvindra Singh.

Singh, who holds the record for the most number of catches (seven) in a Test, discussed the intricacies of close-in catching with the Indian team.

"I shared my experiences with them," Singh told HT, who played four Tests for India during 1977-79. "I spoke to them about the stance, the position and the anticipation depending on the bowler."

Singh said India, who don't have a specialised fielder at forward short-leg, should have a pool of two to three fielders who could specialise for the challenging position.

"The outdoor fielding gets tremendous attention these days due to the one-day cricket," said Singh. "However, the art of close-in catching, which is ultimately responsible for winning Tests for India, isn't given proper attention. I think (Wasim) Jaffer appeared to be sharp at forward short-leg. Yuvraj (Singh) and (Mohammad) Kaif, who are outstanding fielders, also have scope for improvement at the particular position."

Yuvraj said the interaction would help the Indian team. "It's always good to hear from ex-cricketers," said Yuvraj. "He (Yajurvindra) highlighted various aspects of fielding at forward short-leg."

While Yajurvindra was suggesting changes in techniques, chairman of selectors Kiran More (off coach Greg Chappell's tosses) gave the catching practice to the players at the forward short-leg position.