Kaif wants Team India to focus more on the pitch

Indian striker Mohammed Kaif suggested the Indian team work hard on the “field”, which is a “very important factor” in the game. He pointed out that you can’t learn to play in the gym and you have to train hard on the floor to improve that part of the game.

In the first T20I of the three-game series against Australia, the Indian players lost a few catches which led to the hosts starting their campaign on a disappointing note. However, they made a comeback in Game 2 and tied the series on Friday.

But Kaif, who is in the nation’s capital for Legends League Cricket, expressed concern over the fielding.

“The pitch is a very important factor in the game. We should also talk about it. We lost the game because we mislined,” the right-handed hitter, who is known for his precise lineout, told IANS.

The 41-year-old also mentioned that cricketers can get extremely fit by spending time in the gym but pitch can only be learned on the pitch. “You can’t learn to play in the gym, you have to train hard on the floor,” he said.

When asked if he would like to give India any coaching advice ahead of the T20 World Cup, the UP-born cricketer advised the team management to support their players.

“My advice will be to pick your best XI and support it. Tell them to play their game, play with freedom and win the game for India. The Indian team is sorted now, Dinesh Karthik is in the playing XI and with the return of Jasprit Bumrah, the majority of things are sorted,” he said.

Asked in more detail about this season of Legends League Cricket so far and what it’s been like to be back on the pitch, Kaif said he spent a lot of time on the pitch before the tournament started.

“Fortunately, I had a solid base. I trained a lot on the field. But yes, it’s tiring but my goal is to give my best on the pitch. I’m still looking forward to it, luckily I did that, I like training, my lifestyle is like that,” he said.

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