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With hosts India riding high on confidence, especially after sealing the Test series against visitors England, nothing can get better. However, India’s fielding coach R Sridhar believes there is scope for improvement in the teams catching on the field. “I would agree that our catching, especially our close in catching of pacers behind the stumps has not been up to scratch this series. We have set high standards in the last two years but this particular series, things haven’t gone our way,” said Sridhar. The team has seen a number of changes in the playing XI owing to injuries, as the slip fielder have been shaky of late.

Injured Ajinkya Rahane is not playing the fifth Test and standing at first slip for spinners is captain Virat Kohli, who also stands behind for pacers more often than not. Sridhar attributed the inconsistency in catching to changes in the close cordon. “It [catching] is a work in progress. There have been a few injuries to players in the series. We have changed personnel in the close cordon. It is not an excuse but we are working on it. We are trying to manage the workload, the injury part as far as fingers are concerned. We are sure to get better from here,” he said, reported PTI.

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India could have dismissed Moeen Ali right at the start of his innings but Lokesh Rahul mistimed his jump and could not get to the ball bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. Ali went on to score an unbeaten 120, added PTI.

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