In the semifinal of the Twenty20 World Cup, which took place on Thursday in Adelaide, the Indian squad was completely outclassed by the power hitters Alex Hales and Jos Buttler of the England team. The cautious way in which India batted drew criticism from every angle.
Anil Kumble, a former coach for the Indian national team, believes that big hitting will come to dominate Twenty20 cricket in the future. Kumble also believes that the Indian team has to play a style of cricket in which big-hitting batters contribute with the ball for the side’s overall balance.
In the semifinal of the Twenty20 World Cup, which took place on Thursday in Adelaide, the Indian team was absolutely destroyed by the power hitters Alex Hales and Jos Buttler of the England squad.
Due to the fact that it resulted in a crushing loss that ultimately led to India’s elimination from the ICC’s most prestigious competition, India’s hesitant approach to batting drew condemnation from every possible source.
…what I believe to be something that unquestionably needs to be done is to change the way that we keep talking about how bowlers need to bat. In Indian cricket, though, I believe it is essential for the team’s overall balance to have hitters who are also capable of bowling.
“That is precisely what the country of England possesses. They had an excessive number of options. They utilised Liam Livingstone in their experiment. Moeen Ali has not bowled too much so far in this competition. Therefore, those are the options that are available to you.” Kumble stated that there should be a shift away from the current pattern regarding the selection of players for Indian teams.
“Regrettably, this is true even in India. On a squad that is selected, the majority of the players are hitters who do not bowl. It is essential to establish that particular style of cricket and to communicate that this is the approach that the Indian national team will take moving forward; this approach should be maintained consistently across the system.
“I believe that the more Twenty20 matches you play, the more situations will be like this one, in which you simply come out and show off your power. Therefore, I believe that this is the direction in which Twenty20 will move forward, “he remarked.
Kumble is of the opinion that each player should have a clear understanding of the exact function that has been assigned to him, and that once this has been determined, the team should remain committed to this structure.
He went so far as to declare that that job should not be restricted to just the national team, and that the players must go back to domestic cricket with the same mindset that they had when they played for the national side.
“The first is, of course, playing that style of cricket and then selecting the individuals who will do it. However, I believe that it is also essential for these players to fulfil the roles that are assigned to them no matter where they play.
“Because it’s not just a matter of playing that position for India and then changing how you’re going to go about things when you get back to your domestic cricket and franchise cricket back home. For instance, Pant batted at position No. 6 for India today (which was Thursday), and he entered the game in the 19th over. This is something he never does when playing domestic cricket “he remarked.
“Therefore, you need some type of role definition as well as there, and that’s something that I think is really necessary if you’re trying to develop a powerful squad in which you need a back-up for those roles and not necessarily your six best players in whatever role they can. That is not an easy task to do during the World Cup.”