We need to be better when we hit first in T20Is, says Vikram Rathour
NEW DELHI: Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour believes that an area where the team currently needs to work to reach the T20 World Cup It's hitting well while setting a goal.
Speaking before all three matches T20I Series against Bangladesh as of Sunday, Rathour said Friday that Team India beat well when they are chasing, but when it comes to establishing a total, they need to improve.
Basically, trying different players and combinations. As in the last series, we deliberately hit first, what we lost. That is an area in which we must work.
We need to bat better when we hit for the first time in the T20I cricket. We pursue quite well. That is an area that we as a team seek to improve, he said by addressing journalists in the Arun Jaitley Stadium , headquarters of the first T20I.
He also insisted that there shouldn't be too much of changing and chopping within the team while preparing for the next year's T20 World Cup .
You can't change too much when a big tournament is coming, he said.
We need to know what the core of our team is and maintain that core and, in the middle, try new players. Hopefully, if they're doing well, that can help our team combination, Rathour said.
There has been much talk about bad weather conditions in the national capital. Air quality has deteriorated since Diwali and on Friday it reached the 'severe +' category.
Several Bangladeshi players were seen wearing masks while practicing on Thursdays and Fridays.
However, Rathour believes that the Indian team is used to playing in such conditions and, therefore, will not be a problem when they go out on the field on Sunday.
I have played all my life in northern India. We are used to these conditions and we have played under these conditions. Therefore, nothing special is being solved. The pollution is there but the game has been programmed. We are here to play and I hope to win, he said.
The batting coach also expects Bangladesh to fight hard, especially in the T20I, even in the absence of its star players like Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
Losing the best players, of course, makes a difference for the team. But T20 is the only format in which not too many players are lost. But the amount of T20 cricket being played in Bangladesh, I'm sure they have good players, Rathour said.
In today's game and age, you expect all international teams to compete well against you. Therefore, we are well prepared and we hope and we are sure that Bangladesh will do its best. But we are looking to do our best. We are taking this series in preparation for the World Cup next year. We are analyzing all available options, he added.
Speaking about the Shakib ban, the Indian batting coach said: Of course, it is an unfortunate incident and you don't want things like that in cricket.