During the early years of their cricketing history, India were not known as a great fielding side. In the past, the outfields on Indian pitches had prevented them from producing great fielders. It looked hard and less grassy, hence one would hesitate to dive on the Indian grounds.
But in recent times, both the state of the outfields and Indian fielding have improved greatly. Current Indian captain Virat Kohli stresses more on fitness. Former captain Dhoni also gave more importance to fielding. This helped the Men in Blue transform themselves into one of the best fielding outfits in the world.
Fielding is one of the key aspects of the game. It can help the team to win matches. India are currently blessed with the likes of Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja who are all strong athletes.
In this article, let's look at India's three best fielders since 2000.
#3 Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has been around in the Indian team for quite a few years. He is India's go-to man when it comes to fielding. The captain can place him anywhere on the field, and he does the job. Its hard to place the ball around him when he fields inside the circle during the power play.
The left-hander is one of the best fielders in the world. The opponent batsman won't risk taking the elusive second run as his throw is just like a rocket.
When it comes to direct-hits, Jadeja has the ability to pounce on an opportunity. He has effected many memorable run outs. The southpaw has taken 101 catches for India across all three formats in international cricket. If he gets picked for the World Cup, he could be a great asset for the Men in Blue on the field.