Said – you need the right balance of players in the team
There are good players like Yashasvi, Tilak Verma, Wadhera and Sudarshan
New Delhi. The ICC World Cup 2023 will be held in the month of October-November this year. Since India is hosting this important tournament, the fans have high hopes from Team India. Team India became the World Cup champion in the joint hosting of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the year 2011, fans are expecting something similar from the team after 12 years. Although it is not going to be easy. The Indian team is on the target of critics after the World Test Championship final (WTC Final) defeat against Australia. Although it is true that the nature of Test cricket is completely different from the shorter format, but to take the right path, Team India will have to raise their morale by performing strongly in their matches before the World Cup.
In cricket, left-handed batsmen, opposition bowlers and fielders create confusion in any team. Rishabh Pant is out of cricket due to injury, so only Ishan Kishan and Ravindra Jadeja have been seen playing in the Indian team recently. Ravi Shastri, a member of the 1983 World Champion team, wants to see at least two left-handed batsmen in Team India’s top-6 in this important tournament.
Former Team India coach Shastri said in a conversation with The Week, ‘You need the right balance. Not opening, but also on top three and four. Ideally, I want to see at least two left-handed batters in the top-6. At a time when Pant is not in the team due to injury, what are your options, Shastri said, ‘You have Ishaan Kishan. Along with this, you have Yashasvi Jaiswal as a left-handed batsman and Tilak Verma is there, there are many left handers who can replace any senior player at this time. Shastri stressed the need to create a pool of young and experienced players in view of the World Cup. While expressing concern over the team’s performance, he expressed happiness over the current talent available in the country in white ball cricket.
He said, ‘There are many youths. There is Jaiswal, there is Tilak Verma, there is Nehal Wadhera and there is Sai Sudarshan, who has done well in the IPL final. Said about the bowling department, ‘You have many good fast bowlers. You have Mukesh Kumar, the names of some bowlers are not coming to my mind, but there are at least four to five bowlers who bowl at 135-140 kmph. Shastri said, ‘I am not worried about the skills of the players in the white ball, but these days the players are getting more and more injured. I always prefer a pool of 15 to 20 players. You should always be ready for Plan ‘B’ and Plan ‘C’. He also spoke openly about Sanju Samson, who was included in the Indian team for the Indies tour. Shastri compared Sanju to young Rohit Sharma. He believes that this wicket-keeper batsman can prove to be the match winner that India is looking for.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 25, 2023