DUBAI: Team India went to Dubai for Asian Cup to collect the last pieces of their team union for World Cup T20. They were left with a few other puzzles to solve. Various bilateral series over the past 10 months aim to change the brand of cricket they play in T20 format and bring in new faces.
By the time India left the league earlier this week, they had taken a few steps back. All daring experimentation can culminate in a return to the tried and tested brand of cricket.
The top order was the biggest concern two weeks ago. As it stands, captain Rohit SharmaVice Captain KL Rahul and Virat kohli are the only beaters with a decent amount of delivery in between.
“My role in the team is to take responsibility according to the situation and also have a higher scoring rate. If I can get 10-15 balls to settle, then I can speed up. I moved away from my mold and tried desperately to do things that weren’t in my game,” Virat Kohli said during a chat with Rohit on bcci.tv on Thursday following his century in the game. fight Afghanistan.
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Kohli’s words are a departure from the positive approach from the start that the Indian team intended to adopt after the defeat in the T20 World Cup under his guidance last year.
For all the discussion around being fearless and impartial, the management has been quite conservative in its approach while building the team. The musical chairs with the middle order and the bowling attack didn’t really help. Performers throughout the year know that they must make room for established professionals.
For example, Ravi Bishnoi and Deepak Hooda had to fight for their place in the XI. When Bishnoi got a chance to play against Pakistan in the first Super 4, he ended up as the best pitcher. He was later abandoned at the expense of Ravichandran Ashwin. Hooda beat in 7th place, where he barely beat.
The team’s leadership is clearly pinning its hopes on the veterans. “Everyone has to wait for their time. Yuzi (Chahal) was the winner of the match against us. We realize that. We want to create a stepping stone for players who have performed well even when they have 2-3 bad games.
“We do not drop or select players based on statistics. It’s about one’s role in the group. If some new players perform, it does not mean that a player who has been in good form for two years has to be sidelined. That’s where that player loses confidence,” KL Rahul said after the game against Afghanistan on Thursday night.
Kohli is always prolific in T20Is. However, his attempt to become big from the word go got into the scanner. He tried to modify his game but couldn’t. For Team India, the top three, who are also the top performers, must be in a comfort zone.
“I told the coaches that I would find the spaces rather than try to hit big. Not always in T20 cricket, to increase the speed of the attack, you only need to hit 6 seconds. I took it out of my system and I’m back with my template,” Kohli said while praising Rohit and the team management for allowing him that space.
“We shouldn’t ignore KL’s hit because it’s important to be in a good headspace to go into the World Cup. We all know what he can do. He plays shots, for sure and once he plays well, our team will be stronger,” he added.
Now, India has become more of a case of prolonging the game in a format that doesn’t give any breathing space. Workload management can wait ahead of the World Cup in Australia.
“There are a few series at home. It will be really important to take time in between. Whatever roles we’re discussing, we try to challenge ourselves against good teams. For me, (it’s about) getting more games and game time. Only that can make me feel confident about my body and my game,” Rahul said after voicing displeasure at the idea of replacing Kohli as the opener.
India have six home T20I matches (one each against South Africa and Australia) to fix their problems. As Rahul said, every training session was done for Australia to remember. But he also added one at the helm: “I don’t think there is a perfect team. I think it’s about getting things done. Rohit as captain is always talking about finding a way to get things done. We will make mistakes and this tournament is a lesson for us. ”