Not Virat Kohli! Ex-IND Cricketer Picks RR Star To Open With Rohit Sharma In T20 World Cup Super 8 Stage | Exclusive

The Indian cricket team have remained unbeaten so far in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.
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The Indian cricket team in action.

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The high-octane T20 World Cup 2024 has already kickstarted and is about to enter the Super 8 stage, beginning from June 19. Now that we are just a few days away from the Super 8 stage, the race to the top spots is getting tighter as four teams have already found a place in the next stage.
The Men in Blue and Australia will form part of Group 1 of the Super 8 stage, on the other hand, South Africa and West Indies will be in Group 2 of the Super 8 stage of the T20 World Cup 2024. Talking about the Indian cricket team, they have remained unbeaten so far in the ongoing tournament. They have outplayed the likes of Pakistan, Ireland, and the United States.
To deep dive more into the batting and bowling combinations of the Rohit Sharma-led team, former India cricketer and one of the renowned commentators, Deep Dasgupta spoke to SportsNow about the setup and chances of this Indian team in the T20 World Cup 2024.
“If you compare between the kind of team I imagined before the IPL and the current Indian team, almost everything is identical”, Dasgupta said.
Before the tournament started, there was a lot of talk going around as to who should open, Rohit-Jaiswal or Rohit-Virat. The Indian team tried a pair of Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma instead of Yashasvi Jaiswal. But the former India cricketer had a different thing in his mind as he said, “I already had this thing in my mind, that Yashasvi should open with Rohit and Virat should come at no 3. What I think is, Jaiswal brings a lot of angles and dimensions in his batting so I wanted to stick with that.”
Talking about the wicketkeeping setup, India has two contenders with the likes of Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. Pant made his way to the Indian team after recuperating from a near-fatal accident last year.
“See, I do not count on the warm-up matches much. One bad game cannot decide players’ future. Both Samson and Pant have been batting well for the last couple of months. But then I would prefer Rishabh because at an international level, he is more proven and I think one left-hander in the middle order is important. The most crucial thing is whoever wicketkeeper you play, he should bat in the middle order. Sanju is more of a top-order batter. So Rishabh perfectly fits the bill in that combination”, former India wicket-keeper said.
The Indian team picked two all-rounders in the form of Shivam Dube and Hardik Pandya. Ahead of the World Cup, a lot of debate transpired as to who should India play. After being asked to choose, Dasgupta said,” Yes, the Indian team management can surely accommodate both Shivam and Hardik in the playing XI. I would play Shivam and will go with 8 batters which will also give me bowling options. I would definitely play both Shivam and Hardik.“
Talking about India’s pace bowling line-up, the selection panel opted for Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Siraj. While Bumrah had a terrific IPL where he took 20 wickets while Siraj and Arshdeep scalped 15 and 19 wickets.
“Obviously, Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in the world right now. But Siraj and Arshdeep have also performed well and we can count on them as well. Specially, when you see Arshdeep, he is a three-phase bowler. He can bowl in the initial overs, you can bring him in the middle overs and death overs as well. So anyway, Arshdeep gives a better bowling option than Siraj”, Deep Dasgupta told SportsNow.
Over the past two editions of the T20 World Cup, the Indian batters have not been able to score runs in the middle overs with a good strike rate. They have always been on the lookout for that one batter who can increase the strike-rate in the middle overs.
“I do agree with the fact that Indian batters had failed to increase their run rate in the middle overs in the past two world cups. But then, things have changed now ever since Suryakumar Yadav came in”, Dasgupta said.
After being asked who can be the X-factor of the current Indian team in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, Dasgupta said, “Talking about the X-factor of this Indian team, it can be anyone. To Rohit to all the way to the last man standing, anybody can be the X factor.”
“Arshdeep, Bumrah, Surya can make the difference. We have been seeing the pitches as to how they are acting, a lot of clashes have been low scoring then Virat’s role becomes extremely important. He is one such player who can bat in various circumstances. Virat has the ability to bat in different gears specially in the shortest format of the game. That is why I am hopeful about this Indian team as they have players who can play according to the situations”, he added.
When the Indian selectors declared the squad for the T20 World Cup 2024, there were a lot of discussions that happened as to whether Yashasvi Jaiswal should get a chance or not as he had a below-average IPL 2024 for Rajasthan Royals.
“I know Jaiswal’s form is a bit concerning but then again form is a very overused word. And if you ask me, I don’t consider 'form' in this format of the game. What I would see is how a batter is batting, the way he is playing his shots, their hand-eye coordination. Usually, a lot of people say that every player needs to play freely and with a lot of freedom then I really don’t think that bad form is a concern. You have to decide whether you want to play fearless cricket or safe cricket. In the T20I format, 'form' is a very overused word. In the IPL also, Jaiswal did not score many runs but then he was connecting the ball really well”, Dasgupta said.
Surprisingly, the Indian team did not pick Rinku Singh in their list of 15 players rather they included him in the reserved players list.
“See before the squad was announced, Rinku Singh was there in my list of 15 players. But the kind of team India is playing, it’s obvious that they are looking to play 6 bowling options. If they would have picked Rinku and played him then, it means you have only 5 bowling options”, former India cricketer told SportsNow.
After being asked to comment on whether Gautam Gambhir should become the Indian coach, Dasgupta said, “Roping in Gautam Gambhir as a coach of the Indian team can be a very good choice as far as I am concerned. He is a good leader and a good coach too. Gambhir is a really good motivator. See, I don’t have any problem with the foreign coaches but the idea is he should be the right one.”
India T20 World Cup 2024 squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Siraj.
Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan
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