With not much time left for the T20 World Cup to begin this year, India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour already has an idea of who will make it to their squad. India will host the second successive T20 World Cup – five years after the last edition ended. Vikram Rathour highlighted that the five-match T20I series against England should firm up their team.
As far as T20Is are concerned, Virat Kohli’s men enjoyed success in the T20 arena in 2020, beating Australia and New Zealand comfortably. While the Indian team already had a settled squad, they also have other players from the domestic circuit making compelling cases like Suryakumar Yadav, T Natarajan, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, and many more. Moreover, England’s recent T20I form will have a lot to ponder for them.
Vikram Rathour underlined that since the T20 World Cup is at home, they want the batting unit to be settled and should have the team by the time the England T20Is get finished. Rathour claimed that while their squad is already a finished product, they want to have backups in case any player loses form or gets injured.
“The [T20] World Cup is India, so I just want the batting unit to get settled basically. By the time we finish this series, we should know, ‘this is the team which is going to play the World Cup. So hopefully that will happen in this series. I am already sure that there wouldn’t be too many changes anyway, because we are a pretty settled unit at the moment. But in case somebody loses form, or somebody gets injured, as a batting unit you just want to get settled now,” Vikram Rathour told ESPN Cricinfo.
KL has done really well as a wicketkeeper-batsman: Vikram Rathour
While Rathour lavished praises on KL Rahul for his glovework and his form with the bat recently, he understands that Rishabh Pant has risen on the pecking order. Thus, the 51-year old stated that once this situation arises and how both perform in the forthcoming series will determine the selectors’ decisions.
“KL has done really well as a wicketkeeper-batsman. He has been a superb cricketer, he has batted really well, he has kept reasonably well. Now Rishabh [Pant] (is) back in form and doing well, let’s see how it goes. Once this situation comes, what the team management is looking to do, that’ll happen on the day of the game and how this series goes,” he added.