SA series done, India focus turns to squad for World T20 | Cricket

Bigger grounds, less grip on spinners, true bounce for pacemen, more cross shots for batters and changes in equal scores. Expect all this when India travels to Australia for the October-November T20 World Cup.

A condition-specific plan with a trip to the host country may be on India’s wish list as part of the preparations, but they may not enjoy that benefit this time around. “We don’t have a series in Australia and we can’t change that. So we have to deal with the two weeks ahead and make sure we make good use of them,” head coach Rahul Dravid said after the T20I series against South Africa ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

The defending champion will play five T20Is at home in October – two against the West Indies and three against England. India will have to play two practice matches offered by the International Cricket Council (ICC) before facing Pakistan on October 23.

BCCI has ensured no Test cricket other than a one-off match in Birmingham, which was postponed from last year – with a series of T20Is scheduled over the next four months. India will play at least 15 T20Is starting with two games against Ireland on June 26 and 28, to confirm the composition for the World Event. The T20Is in England, the West Indies and Sri Lanka (Asia Cup) follow suit before returning to Australia for a few home matches.

After fielding an unchanged eleven in all five matches of the South Africa series, the team will not shy away from narrowing the Cup contenders to 18-20. The final team will be 15.

The home series against South Africa may not bring out new talent but it did strengthen the qualifications of Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who could all be key players in the World Cup. South African head coach Mark Boucher praised the series’ player Kumar as “special in the whole series”. Bhuvi picked up six wickets in the first four matches before the rain subsided after India asked him to bat.

“They put us under pressure on powerplays. Except for one game where we got off to a good start, maybe they (India) dominated us, ”Boucher said.

Dravid said Pandya and Karthik are the best in the business with the bat at the back of the innings.

“They are our enforcers in the end; People who can make a profit in the last 5-6 overs. Probably as good as everyone else in the world, ” Dravid said. “It was nice to see Kartik come. This definitely opens up more options for us. I was telling the guys that you should start knocking on the door. It’s not just about knocking on doors.

Rishabh Pant is someone who can still break the door in the middle order, though Dravid fully supports him. “We want to score a few more runs, but it doesn’t matter. They are definitely a big part of our plans going forward,” he said.

Considering the importance of data analysis to T20 success, Dravid is aware of the importance of the left-hander. This is why Ishaan Kishan may be in contention for breaking the top-tier monotony of India’s Tara. Whether Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli will start together is a question India will face in the future. “We are going to start strengthening that team as soon as possible.

Technicians study how to deal with competitors using specific adjustments based on game conditions. “A lot of the boys have played in Australia before, so we definitely have conversations with them on tactics and what’s worked for them in the past. In terms of data and analysis, we look at all the games played in Australia over the last few years. Obviously, all their international games, but Big Bash and ( Equal) scores.

That means the likes of Ravi Bishnoi, who is predominantly a Googly bowler, will be the third spinner after Yuvvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja, or left-handed Akshar Patel. In the pace pack, Kumar, Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammad Shami chose themselves, and Death Over Specialist Harshal Patel has done a lot. It is noteworthy that India will decide whether to elect Umran Malik in the 15th or whether Arshadeep Singh’s left-hander will change.

India’s T20 schedule ahead of World Cup

2 games against Ireland – June 26-28 – Away

3 T20Is vs England – July 7-10 – Abroad

5 T20Is vs Windies – July 29-August 7 – Abroad

Asia Cup in Sri Lanka – August 27-September 11 – Overseas

3 T20Is vs Australia – September – Hometown.


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