IS India Repeating The Same Mistake Which They Did In CWC 19 By Experimenting Too Much Before World T-20.
Team India has started its 2020 campaign on a winning note and currently the team in on a very important T-20 assignment in New Zealand. They performed exceeding well in the opening T-20 against New Zealand and chased down a target of 204. Young Shreyas Iyer played an important knock to take India home. In search of a perfect group, we saw there is a lot of experimenting going on with the team. It looks like Team India is about to make the same mistake which they did in CWC 19.
Too Much Experimenting
The T-20 world cup will take place in Australia in October 2020 and we still don’t have settled unit. The team management has experimented with lots of players their position and role.
What Happened To Shubman Gill?
Subhuman Gill was once considered as a prodigy was called a player for all formats by selectors but he did not get to play a single T-20 as of now. It is highly unlikely that he will fall in the scheme of things for World T-20. Interestingly he was included in the Indian squad before CWC 19 considering his potential.
Lack of Clarity With Wicket keeping Options:
The team management kept on backing Rishab Pant and mentioned him as first choice wicket-keeper for all formats. Then first he lost his place in Test Squad, then to KL Rahul in ODI and T-20. Interestingly, Sanju Samson, the backup wicket-keeper did not get enough opportunity. Just like in CWC 19 India went with 4 wicket-keepers, for T-20, now they have 3 wicket-keeping options, Rahul, Samson & Pant.
Lack of Clarity With Batting Order:
Now KL Rahul keeping wickets and opening the Innings as well in T-20, what will happen if a fit Shikhar Dhawan returns. Then KL Rahul has to bat at a different number this might also force a change in the batting position of Shreyas Iyer. Iyer has done so well at 4 but in the recent experimenting his batting position has been changed many times. Also, Manish Pandey is batting very low down the order, however, he is a batsman who does well when he plays up the order. Rishab Pant who supposed to play the role of finisher due to his attacking batting styles now finding it difficult to make it to the playing 11.
Uncertainty Among Bowlers:
The continuous experimenting has resulted in uncertainty among bowlers. In fast bowling option Bumrah & Shami look a definite choice but rest other Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur & Bhuvi are uncertain. The worst thing the experimenting has done is they broke the winning combination of Kulcha. Kuldeep and Chahal haven’t played together for a long time and it is affecting their performance as well. Both the spinners are not able to take as many wickets in the middle over as they used to be.
Uncertainty About Pace Allrounder;
Hardik Pandya India’s premier all-rounder has been missing from the team due to fitness issue. So, far management has not been able to find any replacement. Vijay Shankar who was once considered a 3D player now nowhere in the mix. Now they are trying to make Shivam Dube a pace all-rounder, however, not providing him with enough opportunity. He was picked up for the ODI against Australia but did not play a single game, and when he plays they are hardly allowing him to bowl. If they are looking at him as an all-rounder then must play more matches and get more opportunity to bowl.
So, far it looks pretty uncertain just like CWC 19.