India A v WI A, 2nd unofficial ODI, Bangalore September 17, 2013

Yuvraj rues fielding errors

In victory, and in defeat, Yuvraj Singh wore the same expression. With his team having come a full circle after a comprehensive mauling on Tuesday, Yuvraj didn't look for excuses. A point he repeatedly made was that of India A's fielding and more pertinently, the dropped catches that allowed West Indies A to get away to a score of 279.

Jonathan Carter was the beneficiary of a regulation drop at slip when on 6, pushing at a delivery from the left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem to Yusuf Pathan who juggled the ball and failed to hang on in the second attempt. At 66, Carter had another life when he was sent back by his partner attempting a quick single, only for the throw from cover to miss the stumps with Carter well short of the crease. Leon Johnson survived a tough chance at slip, but the full impact of the Carter let-off bit them when he smashed 133 and shared a 131-run stand with Johnson for the fifth wicket.

Catching aside, India's sloppiness extended to their ground fielding where at least three boundaries were conceded by schoolboy errors. India were guilty of leaking 135 runs in the last 15 overs.

"We know we didn't field well. That's the reason the target was 280 and not 260," Yuvraj said. "If we want to do well day after tomorrow, we have to do well on the park - as simple as that. And obviously, dropping Carter's catch - he got a hundred. We didn't bowl well in the last ten overs."

The overcast morning conditions had prompted both captains to bowl first in the first two games, but ironically, it backfired in both. India piled on 312 in the first game and West Indies 279 in the second and the chasing side never got close. Asked if he would change the pattern in the third ODI if given the chance, Yuvraj said it may not be such a straightforward decision going forward.

"I hope I lose the toss. Looking at the conditions, you want to bowl first," he said. "We didn't get enough wickets at the start. The dropped catch didn't help. So I just hope I lose the toss and win the game."

Yuvraj said his side was tied down by some intelligent bowling by West Indies, who didn't let them build any solid partnerships. A stand of 64 for the third wicket between Yuvraj and Unmukt Chand was the best they could manage.

"I think they bowled in really good areas, and they didn't allow us to score freely," Yuvraj said. "That's the game. When pressure is created, it's tough to score. We never had a good partnership, which would have allowed us to go through."

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh on September 18, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @jose - I often wonder as well. This guy is yet young and may have a long way to go, but needs to buck up if he is to make it to the big league. A senior needs to advise him or even maybe someone like Virat Kohli. I see a guy like ZOL leap ahead of him. Chand played beautifully in the U19 WC last time out and since then he is gone more into oblivion. He bats better as a captain. He needs to value his wicket. Is he another Rohit in the making?

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Unmukth Chand: whether it is batting or fielding, we see a different person, who is only half as confident as the normal one, when he is NOT the captain. Is it CONFIDENCE, or INTENSITY ? I am not so sure. If it is a drop in the intent, it is not a good trait for a potential leader; and can sometime or other let selfishness sneak in. You can also see that, in potential run out situations too, he is desperate to keep his wicket even when his partner is batting better. Watch, next time!

  • binu on September 17, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Why Sumith Narwal is in the team? Sandeep Sharma , Sandeep Warrior, Harshal Patel they all deserves place in the squad ahead of Sumith Narwal And Vinay Kumar is not going to prove any thing

  • Steve on September 17, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    I think Ind selectors should move on from tested, failed players like Uthappa, Pathan brothers, Vinay Kumar. These players failed more often than they did well whenever they were given chances. Neither are they particularly young to keep investing in. There are so many new, young players who should be given opportunities early so they can get a legitimate chance at success in international arena.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Good Game of Cricket. India Lost due to its poor bowling. New Ball was not used optimally & when Carter-Johnson Partneship was growing, field placings were defensive. Positive for India so far, Nadeem Bowling & Mandip Batting. Nadeem economy is an asset & developed a good arm ball too. For Windies, Carter Impress the most, with his calm,composed batting & well crafted Innings. He waited in trying times & unleashed his power hitting in the end. His stoke selections- chipping over extra cover, sweeps against spinner were superb. Add to his bowling, looks a better prospect than Pollard, Bravo etc who can`t bat for more that 50-60 balls. Another Impressive Player was Cummings, with his easy bowling action. He reminds me of WI pacers of 80-90`s, has good control & bowls a short of good length, difficult to hit coming from tall chap like him.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Will he be able to explain the Yusuf bowling in power plays and giving opportunity to Carter for accumulating quick runs???

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