Currently, Team India is going through a difficult period which began in October 2021 with the Men in Blue incurring a forgettable T20 World Cup in the UAE before the Virat Kohli captaincy row unfolded and subsequently followed by ODI and Test series loss against a rebuilding South Africa side. With Kohli resigning as the captain and key players missing due to injuries which has hurt the team’s combination, new head coach Rahul Dravid needs to act quickly to help the team overcome this difficult phase.
Rahul Dravid will need to rebuild the team with the two limited-overs World Cup in sight – 2022 T20 World Cup and 2023 ODI World Cup. Former head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri understands this period of transition and feels that Dravid and the management need to pick a bunch of good players who can take the team forward in the next four-five years.
Ravi Shastri also reckons that Team India needs to mix youth and experience in the right manner and not stick with the same squad for too long in a bid to ease the adjustments.
During a recent chat with Shoaib Akhtar on his Youtube channel, Ravi Shastri said, “It’s a very important period for Indian cricket, there will be a period of transition in the next 8-10 months. It’s important to identify the right kind of players who will take you forward in 4-5 years. I always believe that there should be a mix between youth and experience.”
He further elaborated, “Sometimes change is needed if you aim for the future. This is the time. They need to look for youth in the next six months, need to be quick. If you stick with the same for too long a period then the adjustment will be very difficult.”
India has a packed schedule from 2022 to the T20 World Cup in Australia in October. The team will next be locking horns with West Indies in a three-match ODI and T20I contest at home before hosting Sri Lanka.