India lost their second T20I match against Sri Lanka on Thursday, 5 January and levelled the series which has made the final game a decider one. Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, Team India played well in both matches and showed signs of their game plan when the stalwarts retire from the Indian team as well. However, Hardik’s side has been different in terms of combination and approach, with the most visible one being the number of bowling options in the squad as well. But, that did not help them in the second T20I match as the team lost by 16 runs in Pune. Meanwhile, during the discussion of the game in the Cricbuzz studio, former India player Ajay Jadeja questioned the new approach and also asked if that was really needed.
“Why is it that every captain, at least three years I can think of that when Virat Kohli took over he wanted to change the way the Indian team played? Rohit Sharma took over, he wanted to change the way the Indian team played. Now, Hardik Pandya has taken over, he wants the Indian team to change. Why is it that everyone who comes in new wants to change the old system? What is the system problem there?” Ajay Jadeja asked.
While replying to his query, India’s wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik said that the change of approach was needed as India had failed to do well under the previous captains in the ICC tournaments. Meanwhile, India head coach Rahul Dravid has already given the hint at changes to the Indian side as well.
“The answer is in the fact that we haven’t won any multi-nation tournament. Since 2013, we haven’t won an ICC tournament. I don’t know in 2014 somebody would have come and said that I want to change something because we won the Champions Trophy. Here we haven’t won a T20 World Cup since 2007. Virat Kohli said that he wants to change but I feel his major change came about in Test cricket. The way we played, bowled, and the attitude towards fitness.”Rohit Sharma made a valiant effort in this T20, where in the bilaterals preceding the World Cup, we did play in a way, which was very aggressive. Until we made that habit for ourselves, it’s never gonna come suddenly in one big game,” Dinesh Karthik shared.