Most of the talks in cricket, especially in T20Is, are centered around the ultimate showdown in Australia later this year. With a marquee tournament in prospect, all the teams have formulated strategies in order to realize their best possible squad of 15 for the T20 World Cup in October 2020.
Even the Men in Blue are keen on figuring out their players who can add value to their side in winning the T20 World Cup this year. The No.5 ranked T20I side in the world, India have begun to perform well in the last few T20I series at home.
Even in the ongoing T20I five-match affair against New Zealand, Virat Kohli and co. lead the series 2-0 with three games to spare. Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour reckons that most of the players pick themselves as the core of the team are quite settled and can be expected to remain same even in the T20 World Cup.
In the pre-match conference before the 3rd T20I against BlackCaps, Rathour alluded to a settled core that the management has figured out for the mega-tournament. He even accepted the fact the injuries can force last-minute adjustments in the squad, but India still boast of a settled core that will take the field in Australia later this year.
“Adjustments will keep going on till the last minute. But as far as I am concerned and the team management is concerned, we have the core. We know what our team is going to be. Unless there is a case of injury or really bad loss in form, I don’t see many changes happening, ” Rathour was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
The batting coach even appreciated the new lot of youngsters who are gradually coming up the ranks and taking responsibility in delivering for the team.
He was in all praise for the next-gen cricketers who tend to easily evade any mis-comfort in turning up and performing for the country, irrespective of the ground and conditions.
“This new generation of cricketers is incredible. I find it amazing actually that they turn up and they are at their best straightaway across different format, different grounds and different countries actually. The amount of time they took to get settled (here in NZ) was outstanding actually,” said Rathour.
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