India lost because a number seven team played like a number seven team

The best one-day teams in the world are built around the right balance of bowlers, batsmen and all-rounders but they have two pillars they stand on. These are non-negotiables, without them the greatest skill can be rendered irrelevant. One is called fitness and the other fielding and they are the easiest things in the game to perfect.

writes Harsha Bhogle in his latest column for the Indian Express.
The fielders have to function as the sixth bowler in a side and they must take two wickets in every match. Anything less should be inadmissible if excellence is the objective.

I've heard Harsha say this before (about the fielders functioning as the sixth bowler). I'm sure the Indian players do realize this, but it would be nice if each and everyone of them reads this piece before assembling for the next preparatory camp.

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