We need to improve slip catching: Pujara

India's top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, on Wednesday, said their bowlers did a fine job in the final Test, despite not being able to get the Sri Lankans all out the second time.

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  • Published 7.12.17
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New Delhi: India's top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, on Wednesday, said their bowlers did a fine job in the final Test, despite not being able to get the Sri Lankans all out the second time.

According to Pujara, it would be unfair to blame the bowlers as they hardly received any assistance from the Kotla pitch that favoured the batsmen even on the fifth day.

"Looking at the wicket, we had bowled really well in this Test. We were expecting this wicket to deteriorate a bit more, especially on Day Four and Five... may be because of the weather. It was a flat wicket," said Pujara."At the same time, we needed to try out different combinations... We are going overseas. Let's see what happens when we go to South Africa. We will take a call on that when we reach there but here we needed to try out a few things," explainedPujara.

"We also have enough experience. I had been there in 2010 and 2013. Many of our players were there in 2013. Our fast-bowling unit is much better now. Fast bowlers will do a lot of damage. There is a difference between what the South African batting used to be and what it is now," he said.

Pujara was frank to admit that India's slip catching in the third Test left a lot to be desired. At least three catches were floored at crucial times by senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

"We had a chat about it and we will assign a few players in the away series who will stand at the slips. We will discuss the details when we reach South Africa," he said.

"To be honest we haven't fielded well. At the same time, there had been injuries where openers like (Murali) Vijay missed out.

"He used to be at first slip, but didn't play cricket for six months. So we had to replace Vijay with someone. Overall India team have improved as a fielding unit, but slip fielding is something we are still looking to improve," he said.