Undoubtedly the top team of 2019 across the formats, Team India starts its mission in 2020 with a T20I game. Playing at home against Sri Lanka, the team will try new players in the series. It is a chance to stitch a formidable side for the T20 world cup in Australia later this year. However, the T20 world cup is not the only goal for them this year. There’s a tough ODI series coming up at home immediately after series against Sri Lanka. Later in the month, team tours to NewZealand, where they will look to win a test series with a world-class bowling attack. So, let us look at the areas that Team India should focus to achieve their goals for the year 2020.
Play fast T20 Game
The opening pair of Shikhar and Rohit are known to play few dot balls before start hitting. This approach is working well in ODI, but it is costing them games, especially while batting first. In a T20 game, each ball is a Goldust. You can’t afford to let go of a single lose delivery at any stage of the game. In this situation, the management may need to decide rest one of these openers – most probably Dhawan – and bring in KL Rahul, who can hit the ball from the word go. It is mandatory for Team India to pick up a fast game from ball one to win the matches.
Focus on Slip Catching
Slip catching has been an Achille’s heel for Team India for years. And that hasn’t changed even last year. In 2018, Dhawan spilled a chance of Sam Curran, who went on to score vital runs. Those runs were the margin of loss for Team India. With the world-class bowling by their side, conditions in NewZealand will offer a lot many catches in the cordon. Dropping a single chance can prove a game-changer. So, focus
Permanent No.4 in ODIs
Unlike in the longest format, Team India doesn’t have a permanent no.4 batsman in ODI cricket. In the past two years, they tried as many as 7 options, but none cemented the place. And that proved a fatal mistake in the world cup. Rishabh Pant brought in to the team at the position, during the world cup, could not pay a vital inning in the semi-final. Subsequently, the team lost the match and spot in the final, in spite of being favorites to win the coveted prize. In the recent few ODIs, Shreyas Iyer has scored runs consistently at this spot with a suitable technique and temperament. With the age by his side and consistency on display, the management should stick with him for a longer run.
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