Former player Saba Karim said that it’s time for Team India to have a separate coaching staff for the white ball and Test cricket. He said this as senior players including Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and head coach Rahul Dravid have been rested for the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand after the T20 World Cup. The former selector also opined on playing different sets of players for various formats and selecting only a few of them in red-ball and white-ball teams as well. Notably, England too have different coaches for the white ball (Matthew Mott) and Test cricket (Brendan McCullum).
Speaking to India News, Saba -Karim said: “You need two coaching staff. One for Test cricket and another one for white ball cricket. Other formats require different strategies, and there is a different vision. You will not find such problems in the future where Rahul has to rest and VVS has to come in. Similarly, we can talk about the players. Several players are specialists in white-ball cricketers. Some are specialist red-ball cricketers. Some of them can play both formats.”
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Former Indian cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi shared the example of KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami’s repetitive failures in World Cups and wants the team management to stop selecting players based on reputation. He also feels that youngsters should be groomed as backup options and only deserving players must be selected in future series, especially in the World Cup.
Speaking on the same show as Karim, Sodhi said: “We go with reputation. We have to accept it. You give him leverage if someone has played better cricket for ten years. You wait for him to come back to form. KL Rahul is a big example. When Bumrah got injured, we got into the backfoot, you had Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj, good young bowlers, but you felt they were not ready for T20 World Cup. You got to go back to Mohammed Shami, who was not even near selection. It shows our preparation is not good. You have to rotate players and come out of reputation. You have your days, but when you pass your days, you have to accept it. This is not happening in Indian cricket.”
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India’s squad for New Zealand T20Is: Hardik Pandya (C), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC and WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik.