Manchester | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar on Thursday praised skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and said that the two can intimidate any batsmen on the field.

"We have two guys, Virat (Kohli) and Jadeja, who are very intimidating to the position. They can intimidate any batsman, and they are prowling in the 30-yard range," said Sridhar after India's third match against New Zealand was called off due to rain on Thursday.

He also praised pacer Jasprit Bumrah for his improvement on the field.

"Bumrah is probably one of the hardest workers as far as fielding goes. From when he joined the team in 2016 to what he is now, he's a massive improvement, although still a work in progress, a massive improvement," said Sridhar.

Sridhar also said that though Bhuvneshwar, Chahal, and Kedar are not natural athletes but its good to see them work hard during the training session.

"One area is we try to educate them with awareness with respect to fielding, and we try to work on fitness. Obviously, (Shankar) Basu (strength and conditioning coach), works a lot on their fitness as well. We've got a lead-up to this tournament to work with Chahal, Bumrah, Kedar, guys like this, who are willing to work really hard and to work on their skills. So that really helped," he added.

Ever since Virat Kohli took over the reigns as Captain, fielding has become a top priority for the side.

India will next face Pakistan in their World Cup campaign on June 16 on Old Trafford in Manchester.

India’s match against New Zealand was called off because of rain and both the teams were given one point each.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma