During a media interaction on Friday, ahead of the first T20I of the three-match series against Bangladesh, the Indian batting coach, Vikram Rathour also said that the Indian team will have to bat well when it comes to setting up a total. In recent times, Team India sometimes the Indian batsmen have failed to up the ante in the slog overs while setting up the target.
Rathour said, “Basically, trying out different players and combinations. Like in the last series, we deliberately batted first which we lost. That’s one area we need to work on. We need to bat better when we bat first in T20I cricket. We chase pretty well. You cannot be changing too much when a big tournament is coming. We need to know what’s the core of our team and maintain that core and in between try out new few players. Hopefully, if and when they do well, that can help our team combination.”
The Indian batting coach claimed that the youngsters have done well in the domestic circuit and made their way into the senior squad. However, the team management hasn’t thought about the team combination yet.
Rathour explained, “Extremely exciting when you see youngsters coming through, doing well in domestic cricket, and making their way into the Indian team. We have just arrived and it is the first day of practice so we have not really thought about the combination of the team yet. They are all promising cricketers so hopefully, they will come good.”
Several Bangladeshi players were seen wearing masks while practicing on Thursday and Friday because of the severe weather conditions in the national capital which recalled the memories of the Test match between India and Sri Lanka in 2017 at the same venue. However, Rathour reckons that the hosts have used to playing in such conditions and therefore, it won’t we a problem for them.
In T20Is, Bangladesh can be dangerous as a unit and the Indian batting coach is hoping the upcoming series is going to be fiercely contested one. He expects the tourists to give them a tough fight, despite the absence of their star players like Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
Rathour concluded, “Missing out on top players, of course, makes a difference to the team. But T20 is the only format where you don’t players miss too much. In today’s game and age, you expect all the international teams to compete well against you. So, we are well prepared and we are hoping and are sure that Bangladesh will give their best. We are taking this series as a preparation for next year’s World Cup. We are looking at all the options available.”