Pujara unsure what ails India's erring slip cordon

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There are some players who will be there throughout the away tours.

India's slip fielding has made the headlines over the course of the Test, with the side constantly experimenting with players being assigned the position, and as a result, a number of catches being dropped. The most common ones were seen in the first slip. Dilruwan Perera opened the innings as Sadeera Samarawickrama was injured and He was dropped on 16 by Shikhar Dhawan. "In India, on any other pitch on Day five, there will be a lot more help for them", the Saurashtra batsman asserted. This also shows that India doesn't have a fixed fielder in the slips. Mathews eventually made 111 off 268, paving the way for Sri Lanka to avoid the follow on.

"[It is a] hard question to answer as I don't know technically what is going wrong", reckoned Pujara after the conclusion of the Delhi game on Wednesday.

"We have enough experience".

Zimbabwe will be in South Africa for their first ever Day-Night Test match which will also be the Boxing Day Test. All players standing in the slips are taking 50 to 100 catches. He further added that the team management is holding discussions to fit in certain players in the certain regions on the field in the upcoming assignments. But Pujara offers an explanation there, stating that injuries and unavailability of certain players have put India in such hard situations.

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"I think we [India] will be very well prepared before heading to South Africa". At the same time, there have been injuries where openers have missed out. At the same time there have been injuries with someone like M Vijay, who used to be at first slip didn't, not playing for six months. So we had to replace Vijay with someone. We'll also discuss the issue when we get there. "I admit we haven't taken many catches but we will definitely get better at it".

"Overall we have bowled really well, especially in this Test match considering the wicket". Yet, against the fast bowlers, Rahane has always manned the gully position.

"Ajinkya has been fielding at gully for quite a long time. We fully support him to make a comeback". And the way he's fielding when the spinners are bowling, he is anyway at slips. Team India opening batsmen believe they got the best chance of winning over South Africa. "We might have to pin down only a few players as specialist catchers".

"We are already talking about the things that we want before heading to South Africa, some of the guys have enough time to prepare for the tour". I think he is one of India's best batsmen and has scored a lot of runs in India and even overseas. The frequent changes in the slip cordon has added to the problem.