Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Rohit urges India to define their "own T20 template". India aren't looking to follow any team's template, Rohit Sharma said
India aren't looking to follow any team's template, Rohit Sharma said
As India build towards the T20 WC 2022 in Australia, Rohit Sharma wants his team to create their own template for how they want to approach their T20 cricket. India's exit from the T20 WC in the UAE was down to several factors – fatigue, their vulnerability against spin and the approach at the top. While India did transform their approach while batting against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia, the losses against Pakistan and New Zealand – where the team struggled in the powerplay – were enough to dent India's chances.
As Rohit takes over from Virat Kohli, the new T20I captain feels the side has enough time to adopt a new approach and sharpen their execution. But he also cautioned that the side isn't looking to copy other team's approach.
“I think the template, it's a very important one. I think we just need to set the template right and we've got some time to do that,” he said ahead of the opening T20I against New Zealand. “India has been brilliant in this particular format, it's just that we haven't won the ICC tournament. But we played well as a team and we've performed well as a team.
“There are little holes that we need to fill up and make sure that is looked after. That will be the biggest challenge that we'll have as it team to do that. There are holes in every team, but it's just that, you know, you try and maximise that, the better for you. So I'm not going to say that we want to follow certain team's templates, we just have to follow and create our own template and what is best for our team, and what is right for our team.”
Rohit also stressed the key part of the buildup will be assigning specific roles to players and helping them flourish. “In an Indian team, when you compare it to say, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, or IPL, because those are the tournaments that our Indian boys play, they play differently in their franchisee, they play differently in SMA, and when they come here they play a different role,” he pointed out.
“So you know, we strictly want to assign the role that they want, because at the end of the day, what they do here is what matters. And for that, it can take a while for it to happen. But for us to give them that, that longer rope, give them that confidence is important to perform their role to perfection, I think it's going to be just about that. We're starting afresh after the World Cup. We've set some ideas and thoughts for this particular tournament now, so let's see how that pans out. And we will take it from there.”
After the defeat against Pakistan, Kohli had stressed that the game was lost during the powerplay where India were reduced to 36 for 3. Against New Zealand as well, early wickets meant India were able to manage just 35 for 2. The two defeats have ensured India are being forced to look at ways to play fearless cricket and not attach too much value to top-order wickets. Rohit acknowledged that for players to flourish, the players need to feel a secure in the environment that the team management is looking to create.
“I think it's one of the important aspects of the format, where people have that assurance of going and taking those chances in the middle and if it comes off, it comes off. If it doesn't, then what happens, and that's where I think both of us will need to play a huge role,” he said. “And a huge part in terms of giving an individual that assurance of going out and expressing himself. It's important, especially in this particular format, where you sometimes need to just go out there and play fearlessly. And while doing that, you know, there are chances that you might not be always successful. Because it's such a short format, you're always challenged, the pressure is always there.
“We'll keep an eye on that aspect, for sure. That's where, you know, I think the entire setup will play a big part in making sure that particular individual wherever he bats, and however we want him to bat, goes and does the job for us. And if it doesn't, then you know, you still try and instil that confidence in him that okay, we have full faith in you know, just go and do the role for the team. As long as they're trying to do a role for the team, we are happy.”
India have opted to reward performers from IPL 2021 and that means the likes of Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel and Ruturaj Gaikwad have a good opportunity to make a claim. Rohit, however, felt it'll be crucial to have a wider pool of players before the selectors sit down to pen the squad for the 2022 T20 WC.
“I understand the importance of a bowling all-rounder, but you know, keeping one particular spot in mind is not the way forward,” he said. “We just have to look at the entire squad, entire setup that we have and how we can fit in the players and how we can bring them in and see how we can be effective as a team. For that whatever is required and whoever can do that job for us, we will keep an eye on them.
“And you know, it's just not about one or two individuals and keeping an eye on them, it's about the entire unit and the entire setup. We have people who are playing SMAT or people who are back home you know, all of those guys as well. So keeping an eye on everyone is equally crucial. And I think we're going to do that and see whatever is required for us to be a successful team in this particular format.”