In a bid to field their strongest playing XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma and Co have tried out different lineups at the Asia Cup 2022. However, the Indian team’s experimentation has not yielded many positive results.
After securing a safe passage from the Group stage, India failed to qualify for the final after defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4s stage. Speaking on India’s chop-and-change policy, former India selector Dilip Vengsarkar feels that multi-team events like the Asia Cup should not be a ground for experimentation.
Winning matches is important for the morale of the team reckons Vengsarkar
Former India cricketer Vengsarkar told Khaleej Times, “The team is going ahead with their experiments. They picked Dinesh Karthik, but they haven’t played him, and then they played Ravichandran Ashwin for the first time yesterday (Tuesday) against Sri Lanka. Obviously, the team management wants to give all the players a chance as they are trying to find their best XI for next month’s World Cup. But then this event is also very important. The Asia Cup is a very big tournament.”
“Winning matches in a tournament like this is very important for the morale of the team. Also, I think it’s important to have the winning combination. As I said, the Asia Cup is a very big event. You can experiment maybe in a bilateral series, but the Asia Cup and the World Cup, these are major tournaments. In these tournaments, you need to win, that’s very important,” he added.
India face a packed schedule ahead of ICC T20 World Cup
India will play Pakistan in their opening match of the T20 World Cup on October 23 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Prior to that, India will play three T20Is against Australia and South Africa at home. India and South Africa will also play three ODIs after the conclusion of the T20Is.