Former India captain. Anil Kumble has suggested that there should be different teams for red and white-ball cricket. Team India crashed out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after losing to eventual champions England in the semis. The former India coach stressed that India will have to adopt the approach of having separate squads for Test cricket and limited-overs cricket.
As per the quotes in India Today, Anil Kumble said, “Definitely, you need separate teams. You need, certainly, T20 specialists.”
Anil Kumble said Team India should look at investing more in all-rounders, citing the example of England and Australia who have strong batters coming in lower down the order.
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Former coach elaborated “I think what this English team has shown and even the last (T20) World Cup champions Australia have shown is that you need to invest in a lot of all-rounders. Look at the batting order. Today, Liam Livingstone is batting at No. 7. No other team has a No. 7 of the quality of Livingstone. (Marcus) Stoinis walks in at No. 6 (for Australia). That’s the kind of team you have to build. That’s something that you need to invest in.”
The legendary spinner said a different skipper or coach may not be the need of the hour, insisting that team selection is paramount. Meanwhile, former Australia cricketer Tom Moody said having a different coach for Test and limited-overs cricket is important for all teams.
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Tom Moody said, “I think there is no doubt that moving forward, whether it be player or support management, there needs to be a serious look into that separation. It seems England has quite a considerable difference between their red-ball squad and their white-ball squad. They’ve created a depth of quality.”