Time for the 2020 vision of the India team
India will begin its international commitments in 2020 with a three-party T20 series against Sri Lanka. India's focus this year and next will be to win at least one, if not both, World Cups T20 (Australia 2020 and India 2021). You can safely say that T20 is the weakest format in India and after the victory in South Africa in 2007, they have fought on the world stage.
TOI takes stock of the team and analyzes what it needs to have a Down Under opportunity:
FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR SHIKHAR DHAWAN
Shikhar Dhawan's low attack rate in T20I has been a problem for some time and when he was injured, India benefited strangely when KL Rahul took the place and battled with refreshing audacity and variety. While Dhawan is a winner of the match in the ODI format, it is no longer an automatic option in T20Is. In 2019, he scored just 272 runs in 12 innings at an average of 22.66 and a strike rate of 110.56. Selectors should start expanding their network to find a third opener. A closer look inside the squad can help them find a player named Sanju Samson, who has been curiously underutilized.
Virat virat Kohli He is the key hitter of India in the shortest format of the game.
SEPARATE THE SUPERIOR ORDER AROUND
India is in the process of going through the same path it did in the World Cup for over 50 years. All of his large ammunition is stored in the front with little firepower to follow. The strategy was spectacularly developed in the semifinal of the World Cup against New Zealand and the same could also happen in Australia. Rahul/Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli in one, two and three, looks spectacular, but India relies heavily on Kohli or Rohit beating for at least 15 overs to achieve a great score or chase it. The middle order of Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey and Rishabh pants They haven't been tested enough and this is the right time to do it, even if that means losing some games. Sending Kohli in Shivam Dube to No. 3 in Thiruvananthapuram against the West Indies ahead of him was a brave step and there is a need for more trial and error approaches.
GET KUL-CHA AGAIN IN THE MENU
Do you need bowlers who can hit or bowlers who can carry wickets? India separated the twins from R Ashwin and Ravindra Tray in the white ball format because team management considered them ineffective after the Trophy Championship and played Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav . The duo has played together in 10 T20 matches & have featured in eight wins. On bigger Australian grounds with steady breeze, they could be a massive factor. The skipper though is loathe to play them together & instead chooses to bank on the batting exploits of Washington Sundar to complement Ravindra Tray 's all-round skills. But on flatter tracks, wrist-spinners can be game-breakers in T20s & the sooner Virat realises this, the better.
FIND THE BUMRAH BOWLING PARTNERS
How much the team values Jasprit Bumrah was seen when the president of BCCI Sourav Ganguly intervened & stopped him from playing in the Ranji Trophy. His comeback after stress fracture of the back will be celebrated. But with Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Deepak Chahar injured, who will share the new-ball with Bumrah? Can Navdeep Saini be effective? He seems to struggle while bowling in the death overs. Left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed, once spoken of as a certainty even in the ODI World Cup, has been unfairly dumped. Shardul Thakur too has not set the world on fire yet. The 'sore'card among pacers is getting longer & India have nine months before the World T20 to set that right.
ADDRESS THE TROUSERS MEETING
Rishabh pants 's talent is well known. Sadly, so is his impetuosity. The big-hitting wicket-keeper-batsman has been testing the patience of the team management & his fans with his injudicious strokeplay in white-ball cricket. The constant scrutiny seems to have affected his wicketkeeping & DRS judgement too, as he has grassed regulation chances & has either not asked for a review or asked for it when the batsman has been not out. Virat has publicly backed his Delhi teammate, but how long can he ignore the gulf between potential & performance?
MID-LEVEL MANAGEMENT AND POWER OF POWER
Without Hardik Pandya , el equipo carece de un bateador de poder en el orden medio. Without embargo, su ausencia le da a India la oportunidad de preparar a alguien para ese papel. Si Shreyas Iyer asume el papel número 4, ¿se puede confiar en Manish Pandey para dar esa patada final? Shivam Dube ha mostrado vislumbres de su talento, pero eso estaba en el número 3. En una situación en la que el equipo necesita anotar a 15 carreras & más, aún no se ha probado. Básicamente, India necesita un bateador tipo Buttler en el puesto número 6 en ausencia de Hardik.