VVS Laxman: India cannot afford to play T20s like 50-over contests | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman was left impressed by the way of India’s victories within the final three matches of the T20 World Cup that helped the group to log out on a excessive.
In his column for the Times of India, Laxman wrote, “Yet another World Cup gone by, yet another dream unfulfilled. India has every reason to look back at their campaign in the UAE with disappointment but I am a firm believer that every adversity presents an opportunity. If India can take the lessons from their abortive run at the T20 World Cup on board and make the necessary course correction, some goodwill still has come out of the last fortnight.
Virat Kohli ended his stint as India’s 20-overs captain on a winning note after his eliminated side beat Namibia by 9 wickets on Monday.
“The indicators are promising already. After being tentative with the bat within the first two matches, India shed their inhibitions and performed the model of cricket they’re succesful of. Yes, it might need been towards the much less skilled and pedigreed groups, however you’re in search of intent and never a lot efficiency. That intent manifested itself not simply in breathtaking batting but in addition in incisive bowling. R Ashwin’s inclusion had an enormous half to play within the latter as a result of he naturally appears to be like for wickets. Reunited together with his previous mate, Ravindra Jadeja too appeared a bowler reworked as they hunted as a pack,” Laxman added.
Laxman hoped that the brand new coach-captain mixture of Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma would assist India in performing higher within the subsequent T20 World Cup.
“With the subsequent T20 World Cup lower than a 12 months away, I’m certain India may have recognized a template that new coach Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma, all set to turn into the subsequent captain, will encourage the group to embrace entire-heartedly. It’s essential for India to perceive that they cannot afford to hold taking part in 20-over cricket in the identical mould as they might the 50-over sport,” Laxman added.
For the forthcoming T20I collection towards New Zealand, the selectors on Tuesday made a quantity of adjustments to the squad that featured within the T20 World Cup, bringing in Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel, whereas dropping all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
“I do really feel two essential gaps should be addressed put up-haste. The first precedence shall be to put money into a batsman who can bowl a number of overs of medium tempo, whether or not that be Venkatesh Iyer or Shivam Dube. This choice would not essentially have to be a again-up to Hardik Pandya however a standalone alternative as a result of it would give the captain extra flexibility in choosing his 11,” Laxman opined.
Ravi Shastri, who took up the job of Indian team coach in mid-2017, had ruled out seeking an extension after his tenure expires following the T20 World Cup. Under Shastri, India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia (2018-19) and triumphed again Down Under in 2020-21. India climbed to the top of the Test rankings and reached the final of this year’s inaugural World Test Championship, where they were beaten by New Zealand.
“The different can be zeroing in on two stable pacemen succesful of supporting Jasprit Bumrah and capitalising on the tempo and bounce Australia is definite to provide. If one of them is a left-armer who brings a special angle of operation, then all the higher. The course of of identification and grooming should start instantly in order that by the point of the World Cup, these gamers are comfy and safe of their roles and conscious totally of the tasks they’re entrusted with. As three lengthy-serving members of the teaching employees transfer on to their subsequent innings, I’d like to acknowledge the great contributions of Ravi Shastri in addition to B Arun and R Sridhar. Ravi is a wonderful man-supervisor whose tactical acumen is second to none. His inspirational presence enabled the group to bounce again from setbacks continuously and instantly. He instilled perception, killer intuition and a by no means-say-die angle,” Laxman signed off.

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