Afghanistan coach Trott rues dropped catches in loss to New Zealand

Afghanistan coach Trott rues dropped catches in loss to New Zealand

Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott expressed that if they hadn’t dropped several catches, they could have given New Zealand a tough competition in the World Cup game on Wednesday. Their sloppy fielding, including four dropped catches and a missed stumping opportunity, resulted in New Zealand’s 149-run victory, maintaining their perfect record. This defeat pushed Afghanistan down to ninth place in the standings, just days after their surprising upset over England had raised their hopes of climbing up the table.

Trott acknowledged the recurring issue of poor catching, stating that it has been happening frequently during his tenure as coach. He emphasized the need for improvement in this aspect, highlighting the team’s position at the bottom of the statistics regarding catching. Despite working hard on it during training, they need to execute it in actual games.

The impact of the dropped catches was evident in the match against New Zealand. Will Young was dropped early on and went on to score a fifty, while Rachin Ravindra was dropped on zero. However, Afghanistan seemed to be in control when New Zealand was struggling at 110-4.

Tom Latham played a crucial role in rescuing New Zealand with a knock of 68. He was dropped twice before reaching his fifty, along with Glenn Phillips (71), forming a 144-run partnership that helped New Zealand reach a total of 288-6.

Trott acknowledged the momentum that the dropped catches gave to the opposition, stating that if they had taken those catches and dismissed opener Devon Conway, they would have been in a much better position. Unfortunately, they have to go home regretting those missed opportunities.

In the upcoming matches, New Zealand will face India, while Afghanistan will take on Pakistan.

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