Virat Kohli-led Team India has lost the ICC World Test Championship final to New Zealand. Since then the team selection, as well as captaincy, came under the scanner. While their focus has shifted to the five-match Test series against England in August, former India player Dilip Vengsarkar has shared his views about this.
While speaking in an interview with PTI, Vengsarkar said that a one-week break was enough after the end of the WTC Final, instead of over a month. However, he also suggested that India need to play continuously.
“I don’t know how we approach this kind of an itinerary. Where you go for a holiday in between and then come back to play Test matches. One week break was enough to post the WTC final. The thing is you need to play continuously. I am amazed this itinerary was approved,” Dilip Vengsarkar was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, after the defeat, Virat Kohli had opened up about the intent from the batsman and asked them to step up as well in tough conditions like Southampton. Notably, a few players have also come under the scanner for their poor performances but Vengsarkar said that the team should have stepped up in the final as well.
“If he [Kohli] is talking about intent, then why didn’t the team prepare properly for this match? Where was the intent then? They should have played at least two four-day games. You want to know whether the players are match fit or not by playing those games. The fast bowlers will know what lengths to hit straightway only in those practice games. You see, we had beaten Australia with a similar combination more or less. It was the best team they picked under the circumstances. Whether you announce it on the day of the game or day before it doesn’t make much difference. You have an idea about the conditions anyway,” Dilip Vengsarkar concluded.