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Pataudi Trophy 2021: Here's how Team India is practising catches using a new method (Watch video)

India and England would battle out in five Tests for the Pataudi Trophy from August 4. Meanwhile, Team India took part in a catching practice session, as the training was done using a new innovative method. Check it out.

Pataudi Trophy 2021: Here's how Team India is practising catches using a new method (Watch video)-ayh
Durham, First Published Jul 28, 2021, 12:18 PM IST
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Team India is gearing up for its fierce five-Test series for the Pataudi Trophy, starting August 4. Ahead of the same, the Indians are sweating it out in the training session and the nets.

As a part of the training session, the Indians on Tuesday took part in some catching practice. The unique thing about the session was that it was done using a new innovative method.

In a video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Indians practised catching rugby-style using a cricket ball. The players were supposed to carry the ball in seven passes before placing it in a small circle, marked some distance away from them. Interestingly, they were not allowed to use both hands while catching. Also, they used one hand to catch and the other to pass.

"You have to run and catch the ball. It is a simple game. The hand with which you catch, you have to throw with the opposite hand. After the seventh pass, the ball should land inside that area. The ball has to be kept in that area; you can drop it, place it there," a coaching staff member of Team India was quoted as saying in the video.

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"You have to catch the ball with either hand and have to throw with the opposite hand, and if you get touched, you are out. You have to have seven passes, and the ball has to drop in the middle," said Cheteshwar Pujara in the same.

India's catching has been a thing of concern in the recent past, despite it being safe in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, dropping just one. India needs to be at its absolute best when it comes to catches on the field, to stand any chance of taming England at its backyard.

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane were also seen in some batting practice session, along with Pujara and Mayank Agarwal. Notably, Kohli hadmissed the warm-up game against County Select XI after suffering from a stiff back.

"#TeamIndia back at it and having a centre wicket training at Durham Cricket Club ahead of the five-match Test series against England," read a post of pictures on social media shared by the BCCI.

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