Team India is currently busy in preparation for the second and final Test against Windies starting from Friday (October 12) in Hyderabad.
The hosts are leading the series by 1-0 after registering their biggest ever win in the longest format of the game. It goes without saying that they are the favourites to roll over the visitors in the upcoming game as well before heading on to the five ODIs and three T20 Internationals.
Meanwhile, a new member has joined the Indian squad in Hyderabad and everyone is excited about it including the coaching staff.
Who is the new member?
The new member in the Indian team is none other than the new fielding drill machine which is known as “Teammate”.
BCCI in its tweet wrote: Meet Team India’s new “Teammate”. Who is India’s new fielding drill assistant? We find out more about this latest gizmo addition to #TeamIndia
Meet Team India's new "Teammate"
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 10, 2018
The new fielding drill assistant is a smaller version of the bowling machine, which throws out balls at high speed from a position closer to the ground. This makes life a lot easier for the fielding coach R Sridhar, who would now not have to manually organise the fielding drills.
Speaking about the new acquisition, Sridhar says, “I am just setting up the teammate, it’s a catching machine which helps our slip catchers to take a lot of catches, improve their reactions and reflexes. It will also help these players take a lot of catches without wasting a lot of time.”
“We can set the pace in this machine and also set the wobbling and the swing on the ball. This is something which has been useful. We will use it India as it will help us take low catches,” Sridhar added.
“Teammate” will be even more useful for Team India during the Australia tour where catching is more important to win matches. They are scheduled to play three T20Is, four Tests and three One-Day Internationals during their Down Under.