Former Team India coach Ravi Shastri believes that the team’s current batting line-up is the best and is suitable for the shortest format of the game, he added that the team needs to improve the fielding, which is crucial on the big fields of Australia.
Mumbai: The T-20 World Cup is set to start on October 16 in Australia. The Indian team is one of the favourites in this edition to lift the coveted trophy for the second time after winning the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2007 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
Former Team India coach Ravi Shastri believes that the team’s current batting line-up is the best and is suitable for the shortest format of the game. He added that the team needs to improve the fielding, which is crucial on the big grounds of Australia.
The batting of the men in blue is absolutely perfect to demolish any attack. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli are the three frontline batters. Next comes Suryakumar Yadav, another demolisher ranked second in the world in the shortest format. Hardik Pandya and either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik have charge of the middle order.
“I’ve been part of the system for the last seven years as a coach, and now watching it from outside, this is the strongest batting line-up India has had, if you look at youth, experience, and players peaking in this format of the game,” Shastri said at the Mumbai Press Club on Wednesday.
With batters of the calibre of Surya at number four, Hardik at five, and Pant or Karthik at six, it is a massive order. The top order needs to play as they wish. If India is two down in the powerplay, the team has enough ammunition to put up a fight.
Fielding is the only department which looks a little bit sloppy in comparison to batting and bowling, so the team needs to be careful in the upcoming World Cup. Saving 15-20 runs in fielding makes all the difference in a close match.
Therefore, on other sides—Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa—they field like crazy. Sri Lanka recently lifted the Asia Cup due to their “remarkable fielding effort.”