We didn't get the kind of pitches we wanted: Shami

We didn't get the kind of pitches we wanted: Shami

India's troubles with slip fielding returned to haunt them with hosts dropping several of them against Sri Lanka over three days of the third Test here.

On the eve of the match captain Virat Kohli spent an extended time at the training giving slip catches to the fielders. Ironically, he was among the five fielders who dropped catches over two days of Indian fielding. Out of the five grassed catches, three were at slips by Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Sri Lankans made the most of these 'lives'. Angelo Mathews, who enjoyed three reprieves, went on to make a century after two years, and Dilruwan Perera promoted to open went on to make 42. A similar scenario took place against Australia in Dharamasala earlier this year when the slip fielding of the Indian team came under the scanner.

India seamer Mohammad Sami, however, defended his mates. "Fielders are not machines that they will grab anything that comes their way. Yes, you might get angry when a catch is dropped but as a unit we are playing round the year for the country. It's a part and parcel of the game, you have to forget and move on," he said.

"It's after a long time this unit has dropped so many catches. You need to take it in your stride and move on. We need to work hard and improve."

Shami also admitted they didn't get the pitches they wanted before going to South Africa. "The kind of wickets we wanted to prepare on before going to South Africa, we haven't been provided with those kinds of wickets. So it didn't go as per our plans. But it's a good thing. On these kind of tracks, you need to work hard as a bowler. They test your fitness as you get to bowl long spells," he said.

"I didn't find any reverse swing. But the ball was holding on to the pitch. Because, the pace at which we bowl, had there been reverse, we would have finished the match today itself."

Shami remained hopeful of Indian victory. "We have full hope that we can force a result. We will put in effort till the last delivery," he said.

Commenting on the poor air quality in the capital, Shami said: "Pollution is an aspect that we seriously need to think about. But what was being portrayed (by Sri Lanka), it wasn't to that extent. Also it could be that we are more used to (pollution) it and our ability to adjust is much more compared to them."

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