ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is to be played in India only this year.
BCCI has prepared a pool of 20 players for the World Cup.
Raipur. The second ODI of the 3-match series between India and New Zealand is to be played in Raipur on Saturday, January 21. A day before this match, Team India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey has revealed the secret behind the selection of Shardul Thakur in place of Umran Malik. Paras Mhambrey said that Shardul Thakur brings depth to the Indian batting but the fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir will remain a part of the plans for the ODI World Cup to be held on home soil this year. Mhambrey said that both Shardul Thakur and Umran Malik are important to the team in different ways.
He said, “We chose Shardul Thakur because of his batting. He gives depth in batting. We will see the pitch and then decide on the combination accordingly. He has done well for India.” About Malik, Mahambre said, “It is heartening to see the way he is progressing. Pace also matters and it adds a different dimension to the bowling attack. The decision to feed him will depend on the pitch and the need for team combination.
Umran Malik included in World Cup plan
He said, “As far as the World Cup is concerned, he is fully involved in the strategy. He is very important for the team. Jasprit Bumrah is out of the team due to back related issues and Mhambrey said that the team is missing him. The bowling coach said, “Bumrah is a completely different bowler and no one can replace him, this fact has to be accepted. It is difficult to replace a bowler like him. On the other hand, it gives other bowlers a chance to be tested at this level. We will see how these bowlers perform and how they handle the pressure.
Important member of the team other than Siraj World Cup
When asked about Mohammad Siraj, he praised this Hyderabad fast bowler and said, “I had seen him in the India A team. He is doing very well with the red ball. He used to try to bring the ball inside, but he has also worked on his ‘seam position’. He is a very important member of the team, not only for the Worlds but also outside.
Those players who have been retrenched, their examination is necessary
The New Zealand team lost six wickets for 131 runs in the first ODI, but after that they managed to add 206 runs. The bowling coach said that the team had a long discussion on the issue. He said, “When you score 350 on a pitch like that, you expect partnerships from the other team, they lost six wickets quickly, but after that they batted till number eight. Santner is also a good batsman.
He said, “The important match is to be won, during this you will also be tested. We have charted out the things we want to focus on and implement them in this match. We will not focus on experimenting too much, but the players we have trimmed need to be tested.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 20, 2023, 22:15 IST