Former player Saba Karim believes it is time for the Indian team to have a separate white ball and test cricket coaching staff. His comments come from senior players including Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and the head coach Rahul Dravid were rested for the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand.
The veteran felt that different forms of cricket require different strategies and visions which can work in favor of the Indian cricket team.
Speaking to India News, Karim said:
“You need two coaches. One for test cricket and another for white ball cricket. Other formats require different strategies, and there’s a different vision. You won’t find such problems in the future where Rahul has to rest and VVS has to step in.
The ex-manager also spoke about playing different groups of players for different formats and only picking a handful from the red-ball and white-ball squads.
“Similarly, we can talk about the players. Several players are white ball cricket specialists. Some are cricketers who specialize in the red ball. Some of them can read both formats.
For those not in the know, reigning ODI and T20 World Cup champions England have different coaches for white ball (Matthew Mott) and test cricket (Brendan McCullum).
‘KL Rahul is a great example’ – Reetinder Singh Sodhi wants India to avoid picking players based on reputation
Former Indian cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi took the example of KL Rahul and mohamed chami‘s repeated failures in World Cup tournaments and wants the selection committee to stop picking players based on reputation.
He believes that youngsters should be prepared as backup options and only deserving players should be selected in future playoffs, especially at 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 into shape. KL Rahul is a great example. When Bumrah got injured we got into backfoot, you had Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj, good young bowlers but you felt they weren’t ready for the T20 World Cup. You have to go back to Mohammed Shami, who wasn’t even close to selection. This shows that our preparation is not good.
“You have to rotate players and get out of reputation. You have your days, but when you go through your days, you have to accept it. This does not happen in Indian cricket.
During this time, the Hardik PandyaThe team-led side will play their opener in Wellington on Friday, November 18. The action will then move to Mount Maunganui (20 November) and Napier (22 November) for the final two T20Is.
The Indian team for the 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.