After a 14-month break, captain Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli returned to the team, bringing vitality and laying the groundwork for an important batting order reshuffle.
Before the next T20 World Cup, Team India played their last T20I matches, winning 3-0 over Afghanistan in a recent series. After a 14-month break, captain Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli returned to the team, bringing vitality and laying the groundwork for an important batting order reshuffle.
India’s spin arsenal, spearheaded by Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel, and Washington Sundar, proved crucial despite the absence of regular T20I players like Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav owing to injuries. Axar’s efficacy in the format was demonstrated by his outstanding performances in the first two matches, where he had statistics of 2/23 and 2/17. But spectators were kept on the edge of their seats for the series’ thrilling Double Super Over in Bengaluru.
A dominant spinner in the past in the white-ball format, Yuzvendra Chahal, has been conspicuously absent from India’s T20I roster. Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh said he was perplexed by Chahal’s absence, saying,
“If I were a spinner, I would keep Yuzvendra Chahal ahead of the pack. I have no idea why he is being disregarded. I doubt that he is as knowledgeable. However, I don’t believe the nation has a stronger leg-spinner even now. He is, in my opinion, the most courageous spinner out there. He is incredibly intelligent. For me, Ravindra Jadeja would be the second spinner. Additionally, you must have an off-spinner in Washington Sundar.According to Hindustan Times, Harbhajan stated in a conversation during the DP World International League T20 (ILT20) in the UAE, “Now, what selectors think, what the management thinks, is a different thing.”
In the T20 World Cup, Harbhajan emphasized the importance of spin, particularly in the USA and the West Indies. He insisted that selectors take the circumstances into account,
“Pitches will resemble those in India quite a bit. Spinners will be very important. I’ve visited the West Indies several times, and each time I go, there’s something new for the spinners. Consequently, choosing the appropriate attack is crucial. The conditions are unavoidable since they will resemble those of the subcontinent. You must assemble the team with the circumstances in mind. Three spinners at the very least are essential for your team.”
Arguments concerning the batting order have arisen as India prepares for the T20 World Cup thanks to the comeback of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But Harbhajan, who says, “I have a different perspective in this case,” acknowledges the value of experience. We require experience. Experience is a prerequisite when assembling a World Cup team. Yes, there had some impact on your combination. The players who have competed in the last year have been excellent, but Harbhajan continued, “experience in the team is a must in major events like World Cups.
Bazball is ineffective in India: Bhajji
The last international match before the T20 World Cup is India’s forthcoming test series against England. Harbhajan disregarded the England ‘Bazball’ strategy, claiming it is ineffective on Indian wickets. As circumstances favor spin, he pointed out,
“Bazball isn’t functional. For England, the circumstances will be quite challenging. Pitches will start to turn on the opening day, and your accurate spinner will take wickets if you have one. Really, on both sides. In situations like this, the toss becomes very crucial. Unless there isn’t much to offer for spinners, I don’t think England have a chance,” Bhajji said in closing.