Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif, together with Yuvraj Singh, introduced a revolution in the Indian fielding. Apart from taking part in a number of memorable partnerships, together with the 2003 Natwest collection closing, the duo had been recognized for sensational fielding, diving catches and fast run outs. Speaking in an interview to Youtube channel Sports Screen, Kaif mentioned that India has improved rather a lot in fielding over time, however continues to be missing a “complete package” in fielding for the time being.
“A great batsman is a complete package. He can play cut, hook, pull, inswing delivery, a bouncer, hit a six… it is same with fielding. Similarly, a fielder is a complete package when you know how to slide, when you throw directly at the wickets, when you can run fast, when your hands make a proper shape to hold the ball – if you do all these things right, then you become a complete fielder,” Kaif mentioned.
“Me and Yuvraj made our names through our fielding. You can find several good fielders in the Indian cricket team now. They have improved a lot. But no one has been able to become a complete package in fielding. A player who can take catch at slips, take catch at short leg, field well at long on – that package is currently missing,” he added.
Kaif additional went on so as to add that Ravindra Jadeja has improved rather a lot as a fielder over time. “But Ravindra Jadeja is quite impressive, he is improving in fielding as he is growing older. We need to work on our slip fielding.”
He additionally praised Indian quick bowlers for bettering in the fielding division. “But Bumrah, Shami, Ishant – our fast bowlers have really improved in fielding. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma are also good fielders. So, we have improved a lot, but I still feel a complete package of a fielder is missing in the team,” he added.
On being requested if there was any such full package deal he noticed in cricket aside from him and Yuvraj, Kaif named South Africa legend AB de Villiers. “AB de Villiers was a complete fielder. He was a bullet. He could keep wickets – he could slide, he could take sensational catches, he could grab balls. I played with him at RCB. His training and quality was at the highest level.”