Dubai: Batting coach Vikram Rathour on Tuesday said Rohit Sharma, who has been playing the role of an opener for a long time, was taken into full confidence before sending Ishan Kishan to open the innings in the T20 World Cup group match against New Zealand. Was.
India also suffered an eight-wicket loss against New Zealand after a 10-wicket loss in the first match against Pakistan, putting them in danger of being eliminated from the group stage. On the eve of the match against Afghanistan, Rathod said that It was decided to send Ishan up the batting order as he wanted a left-handed batsman at the top of the order.
Told Rathod, “Things happened in such a way that last night Suriya (Suryakumar Yadav) had a tightness in his back and was not fully fit to play. Of course he had to be replaced by Ishan and we know Ishan has done well as an opener and has done well in the past as well.
“As far as it is concerned who took the decision, the entire management sat down and decided on it and of course Rohit himself is also a part of the management. He was part of this discussion.
India’s batting coach said, “It was a strategically wise decision to open the innings with a left-handed batsman, we did not want too many left-handers in the lower middle order in the form of Ishan, Pant, Jadeja.” Rathod. Also do not agree that this Indian team does not have a backup of the batsmen.
He said, “I don’t think so. We also have Jadeja in the team. There is also the sun, there is the vast. We have enough players who can play a good role and they have done so in the past. We don’t see it as a problem.”
Rathod said, “When you are playing in the T20 World Cup, you have a limit to choose only 15 players. I think we have enough batsmen and we just could not execute the plan.
“We need to win first, then the run rate equation will come. I don’t think it’s a matter of my being disappointed. The coach said, “It is a matter of players getting frustrated, it is difficult to rotate the strike on this surface because the pace and bounce are uneven. But if you want to win the World Cup, you have to find ways to score runs.
Asked if Ravichandran Ashwin and Rahul Chahar might get a chance to play, Rathod said, “At this point I can’t throw anyone out of the race.” The very small gap between the IPL and the T20 World Cup also affected the performance of the team.
Rathod said, “Any preparation is good preparation, I think IPL gives you a good platform where you can compete against the top cricketers of the world. This is definitely a good platform. I don’t see any problem in playing in the World Cup after IPL. The issue for us is the implementation of the plan.
Vikram Rathor reapplied for the post of Indian team’s batting coach
The current batting coach of the Indian cricket team, Vikram Rathor has revealed that he has reapplied to continue in the role after the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.
Rathore said in a statement here on Tuesday, “It has been a great experience with the team. Got to learn a lot. It is great to work with this team of highly motivated and skilled players, so looking forward to continue to play the role. I have already applied for the position of batting coach, if I am given this responsibility then a lot of work will have to be done. We will take it as it is. “
It may be mentioned that in 2019, Rathore was the only new member in the coaching staff. Bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar reprized their roles under head coach Ravi Shastri. The coaching group, however, will be completely vacant after the ongoing T20 World Cup as Arun and Sridhar, along with head coach Ravi Shastri, have announced their relinquishment after the World Cup. Rathore then replaced Sanjay Bangar.
On the other hand, former India captain Rahul Dravid has already applied for the role of head coach and is at the forefront of getting the role.