1.Dynamic Opening Pair
Indian team must switch over from the long serving failed model of openers playing slow to keep wickets in hand. Dismantle Rohit-Dhawan combo. Bring in KL Rahul/Mayank/Pant to replace Dhawan. KL Rahul must turn back time to bring his old self of from 2018 IPL season if he fails to do then the purpose is not solved.
The wise & brave move would be to bring in Mayank who is in top form & scoring tons of runs across formats or else promote Rishabh Pant to open, he has done it till U19 days, in a recent interview Yuvraj also has voiced supporting the same. Combination of Rohit-Rahul/Mayank/Pant would make perfect sense, it allows Rohit to take time & settle while his partner will take the attack to the opposition from the word go.
2. Agile middle order
Virat at no.3 has been the only reliable player in this format for the Indian team for the last few years. Similar to ODI format the no.4, no.5 has always been a musical chair in this format it created a big dent. The unstable middle-order made the top order go into a shell, too much burden on Virat and role of no.6 & no.7 has become increasingly bifocal switching between attack & defense far too many times for their comfort. The best options available are Shreyas Iyer, Pant, Samson and Surya Kumar Yadav. It looks to be Pant & Iyer are the first choice option which is not a bad choice. The likes of Samson or Surya Kumar can also be tested & used if we don’t get desired results from the former combo. Samson’s Wicketkeeping skills are a concern though. But Surya Kumar Yadav deserves an opportunity he has a calm head to weather the storm when needed also can take the attack to the opposition. He has got different gears to his game.
3. Three Pacer Strategy
Virat & co far too often have gone with 2 quick bowlers and 3 spinners, it did not pay many dividends. Also playing WC down under 3 quick bowlers + Hardik will make more sense. Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar will be the 2 front line seemer. But the team lacks a 3rd seemer and backup to support the 2 in case of injury or fitness concerns. Chahar & Khaleel are considered the best bet for the 3rd seemer and back up spot, but they are miles behind from international standards. If the upcoming WC is considered as a top priority by BCCI, the selectors will have a mountain to climb to get the pace bowling department right.
4. Attacking Cricket to set target
Our batting coach have questioned out overall batting approach in T20 format, Rohit accepted our tortoise approach while batting first in this format and recently Legend in Sunil gavasker questioned the same by point Dhawan as prime example for what is wrong with the Indian.
It is high time the coaching staff and leadership group look into it and take a call to change this approach. Every game we are setting up par or below par target, if it is high scoring 200+ track we score 190+ and on tracks were 160 becomes a winning target we end up with 140+, 20 runs short every game in such short format have hurt is far too many times. Fearless cricket is the need of the hour.
5. Settle on Spin option
Virat & team management has decided to switch back from wrist spin to finger spin for T20 format. It looks strange as just a couple of seasons before the vice versa was done with Kuldeep & Chahal coming in handy as wrist spinners. cricket is the need of the hour.
Now going back to finger spinners in the likes of Washington Sundar & Kurnal Pandya due to their ability to bat is giving mixed signals and signs of ambiguous selection toward the spin department. The best possibility is to use one wrist spinner and the one among Kurnal or Washington Sundar to fill the all-rounder spot.
Overall by making the above said 5 changes the Indian team can name a strong playing 11. Doing so they could give a run for money to any opposition on their given day. There are multiple possible combinations of strong playing 11 that could be named. The best possible two combinations covering the best talent that could be used is put down here
Combination 1: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Kurnal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav
Combination 2: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, yuzvendra chahalAuthor– Aditya. S