Last Update on: October 3rd, 2023 at 02:19 pm
Former India batsman Virender Sehwag has said India needs to nurture ‘more explosive players’ in order to do well in white-ball cricket, especially in T20Is.
His comment came after India’s performance against Nepal in the quarterfinal of the ongoing Asian Games. At one time, India were looking set to score well over 200 runs before suffering a mini-collapse which slowed down the run rate.
India eventually managed to cross the 200-run mark and finished on 202 for 4 thanks to Rinku Singh who smashed 30 runs in the last two overs that included collecting 25 runs from the final over.
Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 100 runs off 49 balls and shared a 103-run stand with Ruturaj Gaikwad before India lost three wickets in quick succession to find themselves reeling at 119 for 3.
The likes of Tilak Varma (2 off 10) and Jitesh Sharma (5 off 4) failed to get going while Shivam Dube struggled to score quickly (25* off 19). India eventually managed to finish strongly because of Rinku Singh’s impressive cameo of 37 not out from 15 balls.
India have struggled to do well in middle overs as well as death overs in recent times and the performance against Nepal has once again highlighted the problem. And Virender Sehwag took to X (formerly Twitter) to state that the problem needs to be addressed. He also suggested a solution for the same, writing:
“I just feel we have too many batters who play in the same gear. Need to nurture more explosive players who can play top gear, especially in T20 cricket. Many more in the Rinku and SKY mode needed to become a dangerous side.”
I just feel we have too many batters who play in the same gear. Need to nurture more explosive players who can play top gear, especially in T20 cricket. Many more in the Rinku and SKY mode needed to become a dangerous side.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 3, 2023
India beat Nepal to enter the semifinal:
Talking about the game, India went on to beat Nepal by 23 runs to book their place in the semifinal. Nepal came up with a fighting effort with the bat but eventually finished on 179 for 9 and crashed out of the competition.
India are now two games away from clinching a historic gold medal. The Indian men’s and women’s teams participated in the Asian Games for the first time. The women’s team has already won the gold medal and the men’s team will also be looking to replicate the historic feat.