Former Test captain Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at the Indian team for their poor fielding performance, after they dropped four catches on Day 1 of the first Test against New Zealand at Auckland. At the close of play, New Zealand finished strongly at 329 for four with centuries by captain Brendon McCullum (143 not out) and Kane Williamson (113), who added 221 runs for the fourth wicket after the hosts were reduced to 30 for three.
Gavaskar pointed out the weak link in the Indian fielding department after looking at their performance on Day one. "In cricket, there is a great element of luck that can turn the fortunes around. But I think along with that has also got to be the effort. I think the Indian catching effort was not up to international standard today," Gavaskar told NDTV. (Match Scorecard | Highlights | Pics)
Gavaskar, however, said that it was too early to judge whether it was the worst performance by an Indian side because the team's bowlers had typically always struggled in foreign conditions even after striking early. "I don't think it is the worst performance by an Indian team. In fact, if you have a look at Indian cricket history - right from the first Test match in 1932 when India had England reeling at four or five wickets down for something like 90. India was not able to take the remaining five wickets. I think that has been the situation for years now," said the former captain. (Read: Ishant, Zaheer were threatening on Day 1: Kane Williamson)