Bangalore: Former Indian stumper Nayan Mongia has said India’s poor fielding, which almost caused them the tri-series final against Sri Lanka on Monday, is not a major cause for worry ahead of the Champions Trophy in South Africa later this month.
“I don’t think too much should be seen into Indian team’s fielding. It happens to the best of teams at times and one should remember that the Indians were a bit rusty coming into the tri-series after a long lay-off.
“On the contrary I would consider the tri-series as a good preparation for the Champions Trophy where the team is bound to face some stiff competition," Mongia told Cricketnext.com on Tuesday.
“The Indians came up triumph under very humid and tiring conditions and the good forms of some of their front-line batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a welcome sign before a major ICC tournament like the Champions Trophy. So there were many plus points which the team can carry forward in their quest for a major title," Mongia added.
Supporting the Indian speedsters’ patchy performance, where they bowled either too short or too wide off the stumps, Mongia said, the conditions were not ideal for fast bowling as there was nothing in the wicket for them to extract.
“I don’t think it is fair to find fault with the Indian seamers. Under the circumstances I thought they did a good job chipping in here and there as there was nothing in the wicket for them to exploit and they had to try and contain the free-stroking Sri Lankan batsmen," he observed.
“Probably, the Indians felt the absence of Zaheer Khan, especially his vast experience, but then there is nothing anyone can do if he is not fit. If I were the coach of the Indian team, I would not have sleepless nights over Indian bowling (fast) or their fielding as these can be sorted out within a short time," he added.