Kohli’s ideal for India’s T20 Success. It appears as one of those great paradoxes that India hasn’t won the T20 World Cup since the inception of IPL, the most effervescent 20-over league in the world.

India’s jumbo squad arrived in South Africa last week, one lot set to enter the final preparatory phase for the T20 World Cup next June, with six international outings to work out their combinations. Incessant showers in Durban on Sunday put a spoke in the wheel with the first of three games against the hosts abandoned, hardly the ideal start current skipper Suryakumar Yadav and head coach Rahul Dravid would have hoped for.

Now, the management group has matches on Tuesday and Thursday against the Proteas, and three further games at home against Afghanistan in mid-January, as their only outings ahead of the North American World Cup adventure. Of course, there is also the IPL, most likely between mid-March and mid-May, but while the players will hone their skills and readjust to the arduous demands of the 20-over format, they will do so for their respective franchises, often operating in isolation from each other rather than the same dressing-room.

Kohli is ideal than Rohit for t20
Kohli is ideal than Rohit for t20

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India’s T20 World Cup Drought: IPL’s Paradox (Kohli’s ideal for India’s T20 Success):

It might appear one of those great paradoxes that a country that boasts the most visible and effervescent 20-over franchise league in the world hasn’t won a T20 World Cup since the inception of the IPL. But that’s not that hard to explain; for all their dalliances with the big stage and the attendant pressure of expectations and performances of franchise cricket, the big boys don’t necessarily play a huge amount of cricket as a unit, except when there is a pressing need. Such as the World Cup.

The young batters haven’t disappointed, which is why India now has a teeming pool to choose from. But while a problem of plenty might appear a happy headache, it is still a problem and a headache. Having learned that lesson the bitter way in Australia last year, Dravid will be desperate to avoid an encore, particularly given that the extension of his contract has much to do with the imminence of the World Cup.

It becomes imperative, thus, that in the remaining five matches, India put out playing XIs comprising a majority of the squad that will line up in the US and the Caribbean in the summer. True, there will be some inevitable inclusions – pace ace Jasprit Bumrah, for instance. The influential all-rounder Hardik Pandya, as and when he returns from injury. But otherwise, the emphasis must be on giving game-time to the probable World Cup core, to allow this bunch to learn and grow and gel as a unit in the limited opportunities between now and June.

Virat vs Rohit
Virat vs Rohit

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Strategic Player Deployment Vital for Team Success

That’s why Rinku Singh must continue to be urged to feel comfortable in the skin of a finisher. That’s why Jitesh Sharma, one of two wicketkeepers in the mix, must be allowed to further his international education in the second half of the batting order, unlike Ishan Kishan, the other and more experienced stumper whose calling is at the top of the order.

And that’s why Arshdeep Singh, the left-arm quick who blows cold as he often does hot, must be coaxed and cajoled and coerced to keep working on his multitude of variations that haven’t necessarily been executed with the control and finesse one would expect of him.

Dravid and Laxman entertain similar ideologies, so there is no question of confusion in messages. It’s confusion in playing combinations that the management group must avoid.

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