The versatility in the team will allow us to play a variety of playing 11s during the T20 World Cup Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid

India head coach Rahul Dravid on Saturday said the team management is very clear about the kind of skills they want in the 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup.

This will allow them to play a variety of playing-11s in Australia depending on the different opposition teams and playing conditions.

India announced their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia on 12 September. However, injuries to some players after that are serious concerns for the team.

India are still waiting on the fitness of Deepak Hooda and Jasprit Bumrah, who have been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa and are currently battling back injuries, at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Apart from this, star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will also miss the mega event in Australia due to a knee injury.

However, the Indian head coach is not panicking and is relying on the skills of the players in the team. In a press conference ahead of the second T20 against South Africa, Dravid said, I think we are very clear about the kind of skills we want in 15.

I think it’s really important for me, the kind of team we picked for the World Cup- except for the injury, what kind of skills were we looking for, different types of bowlers, some batting skills- So all those things, without going into too much detail, we’ve always been very clear about that, and I think that’s pretty much everything we’ve managed to get through.

He further added- Everything will not be perfect, sometimes due to injury, due to many other factors. I think in terms of skills in the team, everyone is fit, as we move forward from here, I think we are quite comfortable that we have all the skills that allow us to play different combinations and different ones.

Will give I think it’s really important in tournaments like the World Cup where you play five different venues, or four different venues in the league stage, so you really need to have versatility in your squad.

Which allows you to switch things up when needed against a particular opponent. I think we are very clear with that.

Asked whether frequent reshuffles in the playing XI could leave players unsure of their place in the lineup, the India head coach said the communication within the team has been very good and playing the same XI over and over again is a bit of a chore. is unrealistic.

I think it is a bit unrealistic to expect that we will be playing the same playing XI over and over again. Sometimes you are forced. If Bumrah doesn’t play the last game, it’s not because we’re experimenting.

It’s because he got injured. In the five-match series against South Africa in June, we played the same playing XI in all five matches. People were saying, why doesn’t he change the playing XI?

Whatever we do, people will say something about it. But I think in the team, we are very confident and sure about what we are doing.

Sometimes it doesn’t seem very obvious from the outside, but there are a lot of things that people on the outside may not know. What troubles the players How do we need to manage the players.

India is one of the teams to directly qualify for the Super 12 round of the T20 World Cup. Those who can make changes in their team without the permission of the ICC till 15 October.

The Rohit Sharma-led side will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Melbourne on October 23, followed by October 27 (qualifiers in Sydney), October 30 (South Africa in Perth), November 2 (in Adelaide). from Bangladesh) and on 6 November (qualifiers in Melbourne).

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