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4 great cricketers who were dropped due to their fielding

S Samaddar
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Cricket broadly consists of three disciplines, as everyone knows and among those, fielding is (rightly) regarded as the least important of the three. Bowlers create the chances that lead to chances while batsmen pile up the runs, however, that being said, a team can hardly expect to compete if a particular fielder keeps letting the bowling attack down in the field.

Good players who are either excellent bowlers or excellent batsmen or superb all-rounders do have their off days in the field but over the course of cricket's history, there have been such cricketers who have been axed from the side due to their lax fielding.

Here is a look at 4 of those players who were dropped for their sub-par fielding:


#4 Yuvraj Singh

India v Sri Lanka - ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Final

For the majority of his career, former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was one of the world's finest limited overs batsmen. However, following his illness in the aftermath of the 2011 World Cup, he was never the same player. He generally struggled following his return to the side, however, captain Virat Kohli brought him back into the side for his erstwhile power-hitting capabilities and his ability to roll over his arm every now and then. Yuvraj's show during that period was up and down and what probably proved to be the last nail for him was his deteriorating fitness levels.

For a player, who used to be what commentators called 'electric', he had become a slow-moving fielder and a bit of a liability. For Virat Kohli who is trying to build a team of 11 to 15 supremely fit cricketers, Yuvraj no longer figured in his plans. He has not been back in the team since the ICC Champions Trophy.

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