India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Kanpur November 27, 2013

Kohli's inexpensive drop

Plays of the Day from the third ODI between India and West Indies, in Kanpur

The non-walk
Getting a batsman bowled is usually the most direct manner of dismissing him, but when Marlon Samuels was bowled by R Ashwin, he didn't walk. MS Dhoni was celebrating as was the rest of the Indian team after an offbreak slipped between Samuels' bat and pad but the batsman stood his ground. Just to be sure, the third umpire was called for, and replays showed the ball spinning straight through to the top of middle stump. Samuels was on his way.

The non-leave
Kohli's wicket has arguably become the most prized one in ODIs, and West Indies needed to get him early if they were to have a chance of defending their modest total. Kohli had begun ominously, with three boundaries, when Ravi Rampaul sent down a delivery just outside off. Kohli was in two minds whether to play or leave, and by the time he decided to leave, the ball kissed the face of his bat to present an easy catch to the keeper.

The non-celebration
Sunil Narine was introduced into the attack early as the 10th over to try and dismiss the struggling Yuvraj Singh. Narine did send back Yuvraj, but only in his final over, when Yuvraj had reached a half-century and the match was no more a contest. Dwayne Bravo, who took the catch at slip, didn't break into one of his exuberant jigs, and you wouldn't have guessed from Narine's deadpan expression that he had taken a wicket either.

The no-look throw
In the 20th over of the West Indies innings, India were still looking for a way to prise apart the Samuels-Kieran Powell partnership. Samuels pushed a ball back to the bowler Suresh Raina, who tried to catch the non-striker by surprise. He stopped the ball and flicked it between his legs towards the stumps. It didn't work, though, as not only was Powell well within the crease, the ball went away for an overthrow.

The not-so-costly drop
In Visakhapatnam, India's fielders put down a slew of catches contributing to West Indies' series-levelling victory. In Kanpur, the out-of-form Samuels was regaining his touch and looking for a century when he nicked to Kohli at first slip. Kohli, usually a terrific fielder but not among the safest in the cordon, put down a low chance to his right. Samuels was on 60 then, but the mistake didn't cost India too much as he was dismissed soon after.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KUMARAVEL on November 28, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    how did you miss Yuvraj Singh's "non high jump" where he made a lazy effort to miss a perfectly catchable / at least saveable hit from Darren Bravo of Ashwin.

  • Mohsin on November 28, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    It is baffling how often a quick fielder like Kohli/Raina drop catches in slip cordon. They obviously have better eye than most to take quick action. Maybe they are too quick to be in slips. While slow out-fielders like Ashwin, Gayle, Inzamam, Dravid, VVS are great in slips. Very few are good at both - Anderson, Ponting, Collingwood, Hussey, Symonds. Strange

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Talking about catching and indian fielders, as good as they are in the outfield, their catching in the slips has been abysssymal at the best since VVS and RD and others retired. With this current bunch of butter fingered fielders and pace bowling the only option in SA my fear is that these guys may not even catch a cold.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    It was heartening to see Yuvraj score a half century though it was a pedestrian effort by his high standards. While almost all other batsmen could play Sunil Narine reasonably well, it is a mystery why Yuvraj could not read him. Jadeja is fast becoming a liability when it comes to batting.

  • Abdul on November 27, 2013, 14:06 GMT

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  • John on November 27, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    I don't understand why people call Kohli a terrific fielder when he drops catches in almost every match. How many catches has he dropped during last couple of weeks ?

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    @Jalz, With kind of high remuneration on offer and also considering the in form batsmen for india, who cares for those awards? Of course the current team has the best indian fielders till date but still I they sometimes ignore couple of dives to stop the ball and little lazy as Rohit displayed today in the death overs. Better less to talk about bowling, earlier if india score about 270+ the was safe atleast by 90%. But with this current bunch of bowlers no score is safe including 400+ against a good team. I doubt if this bowling unit can defend a score 300 against Bangla team at the least. So final statement from me, Atleast in India, cricket has become a batter's game. Have to look at the bowlers atleast in upcoming SA tour. they need to prove a point now including Bhuvaneswar who has been the striker with the new ball in the recent past.

  • vas on November 27, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    So who would've got the awards today.

    Best batsman award: Dhawan

    Best bowler award: Narine

    Best fielder award: Ashwin

    Who flopped today. Batting: DJ Bravo, Bowling: Holder, Fielding: Kohli

  • Manesh on November 27, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    India needs to find good slip fields just like Dravid and Laxman. Kohli, Raina are good in field not in slip. Ashwin is good option, i think.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I totally agree with Jalz007. To boost up the healthy competition these awards meant a lot!

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