Kolkata: A couple of years ago, at an Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, Cheteshwara Pujara was seen fielding in the deep with his shin pads on. That was then joked about and quickly forgotten because it was seen as a youngster's way of saving time. What is good enough for Twenty20 is clearly not good enough for Test cricket, for the shin-clad Pujara at first slip might have dropped the catch of the match at Eden Gardens on Thursday (December 6). It is possible his shin pads made it difficult to get down for the low catch. Alastair Cook was on 17 then, and the catch came hard and low to Pujara, as catches sometimes tend to do in the slips.
After the retirement of Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman India are yet to find settled fielders in that crucial position. Asked why Virender Sehwag was not at slip, Trevor Penny, India's fielding coach, said, "Pujara has been practising at slip. He dropped a catch, such things happen."
Also practising at slip where he stood briefly on the second day was R Ashwin, the offspinner. "Our plan," said Penny, "is to field everybody everywhere."