Coach Vikram Rathore told the inside story
Ishaan and Surya know why they have to wait
Rathore is the batting coach of the Indian team
New Delhi. India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour said on Saturday that in-form Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav understand that they will have to wait for their turn in the ODI format. Despite their impressive performances in T20 Internationals in recent years, both the players were not included in the first two ODIs of the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka, much to the surprise of sports fans and some former players. Rathore said, “He has not been forced to sit out, I mean other players are also doing well. As a player, he also understands that and he also has to wait for his chance and he is also preparing for it, he works hard and whenever the opportunity comes, he does well and stands his ground .”
While Suryakumar is the world’s number one T20 batsman and is enjoying his fine form in the shorter format of the game, Ishaan scored his ODI double century in Bangladesh ahead of the Sri Lanka series. Asked if Ishaan could be asked to bat in the middle order, Rathour said, “At the moment, he is being picked as an opener but as a batting unit we are very flexible and if someone like Ishaan is there If there is a need to try in the middle order, then we will have to do so. Although at this time he is being seen only as an opener.
Talking about Suryakumar, Rathour said, “He’s got great potential, he’s been in good form, it’s been great to have him in the reserves and hopefully when the time comes, he’ll take that responsibility and do well for the team.” will perform. It is wonderful to have such a quality player in the team.” With regard to this year’s ODI World Cup, the batting coach said that “20 matches are enough” to decide the core group of players.
He said, “I think 20 matches are enough to sort out the core group we want. As a team management, we understand which player we have to pick. If there is clarity about this then I think 20 matches are enough to work on these certain things.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 14, 2023, 21:26 IST