ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: R Sridhar unsure if Shikhar Dhawan could field in slip region immediately after comeback

Shikhar Dhawan has a hairline fracture and is out of action till end of June - missing at least four matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Press Trust of India, Jun 13, 2019 22:50:00 IST

Nottingham: Catching in the slip region could emerge as a serious challenge for Shikhar Dhawan after recovering from his hand injury, suspects India's fielding coach R Sridhar.

Shikhar Dhawan was hit on the thumb against Australia during ICC World Cup 2019. Reuters

Shikhar Dhawan was hit on the thumb against Australia during ICC World Cup 2019. Reuters

Since Dhawan is a natural right-hander, batting should not be a major concern post his recovery from the thumb injury but it remains to be assessed if he could stand in slip region, where the ball travels on high speed.

The senior opener was hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his innings of 109 against Australia, ruling him out for at least next four World Cup games due to the thumb fracture.

"Throwing won't be a problem, but definitely there will be impact while fielding and catching, especially (since) he's a slip fielder. If you know, he stands in the slips in the initial phase of the innings, that can be an issue. We'll test him out with lighter balls first and gradually move on to the cricket ball and see how it goes from there, but, yeah, that will be a challenge," Sridhar said.

"Once we assess him, probably on 10th or 12th day, we'll have to look - it's his bottom hand (left) while batting. It's not his dominant hand because he's a (natural) right-hander," added Sridhar.

The Indian team, when it comes to direct throws, is not the best among other competing teams but the fielding coach would be pleased if the conversion rate is even 25 percent.

"That's a very good observation. It is something which I have my eye on as well, and we practice a lot for that. I would say converting, whether it's a run-out or not, converting one in three or four throws is a good conversion rate, in my opinion.

"Don't judge me on that opinion, but picking up one out of four, you're doing a good job as a direct-hit unit. But we failed to do that in the last game. We had over ten strikes, and we hit only once. In some days, we hit three out of five.

"That is one area we work hard on in every session."

Updated Date: Jun 13, 2019 22:50:00 IST

World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254