India is 1-0 behind Bangladesh in the three-match T20I series.
Two days ago, India lost the first T20I match of the series against Bangladesh. Indian cricket fans, supporters and experts felt disappointed after India’s loss in the 1st T20I at New Delhi. Currently, India is at No.5 in the ICC T20I rankings.
After winning the inaugural season of the ICC T20I World Cup, India underachieved in the shortest format of the game.
India’s next target is the T-20 World Cup 2020 in Australia and because of this team management is experimenting with many players. The question is, the way India is playing right now in T20I cricket, is right or wrong? Team management is picking the right squad for T-20 series or not?
Why Kulcha not playing together?
The most successful spin-duo (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav) from the last two years is not a part of the Indian team together, since the World Cup 2019. In few press-conferences, Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli said that they are not going with Kuldeep and Chahal because of their weak batting.
Most of the cricket pundits and former cricketers believed that Kuldeep and Chahal should play together because they both are wicket-takers and match-winning bowlers. If; Kuldeep and Chahal take 4-6 wickets in a match then it is good and most of the close matches win by bowlers, not with batsmen.
So many all-rounders in a playing XI good or not?
India’s team management included so many all-rounders in a team by dropping Kuldeep and Chahal. In the series against West Indies, India has played with three all-rounders (Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja) and these all are finger spinners. Similarly, in the series against South Africa, India played with the same team in the T20I series.
In the ongoing series against Bangladesh, India included Chahal but; why Kuldeep is not in the team? India excluded Kuldeep to extend their batting till No.9 or No.10. India did not bat good in the last 5 T20Is, even with the batting till No.10. Due to the lack of wicket-taking bowlers in a team, India failed to win the T20I series against South Africa.
Wrist Spinners vs Finger Spinners
Currently, in world cricket, wrist spinners are performing better than finger spinners. Especially, in the limited-overs cricket, wrist-spinner is more effective. Almost every team want at least two wrist spinners in their team because wrist spinners are wicket-takers. In cricket, wicket-taker bowlers are very helpful for any team. Another factor that goes in favour of wrist spinners is that they can spin the ball on flat track also and it is difficult for any batsman to read the wrist-spinner as compared to finger spinner.
The next T-20 World Cup is in Australia, where almost every ground is big as compared to the grounds in Asia. Former cricketers and experts believe that wrist spinners are going to be the biggest factor in next year’s World Cup. India should go with Kuldeep, Chahal if; they want to win the T-20 World Cup in 2020.