Team India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey revealed why Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma aren’t taking part in T20I bilaterals. He mentioned that youngsters are being given opportunities to understand the team’s areas of adaptability.
India have been fielding a completely different side since the T20 World Cup 2022. It has been all about youngsters and there have been no signs of seniors Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The young players have grabbed the opportunities with both hands.
With the T20 World Cup 2024 around the corner, there have been a lot of speculations about what will be the Indian team for the event. There have also been a lot of questions about Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s participation in next year’s T20 World Cup.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma aren’t part of the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. And this has raised more speculations about their availability for the T20 World Cup 2024. But bowling coach Paras Mhambrey has cleared the air on a lot of things.
Speaking to PTI, Paras Mhambrey highlighted the importance of T20I bilaterals and mentioned that they are testing youngsters. Talking about Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, he said the duo are very specific in their jobs. He elaborated:
“In no way it means that bilateral T20Is aren’t important. All I’m saying is that there is a balance that every player must maintain. Also it depends on who we are talking about. Players like Rohit, Virat look at very specific areas in their T20 games be it IPL or India.”
“One would like to watch younger players during bilaterals and examine and understand areas of their adaptability – game awareness, pressure situations, how they adapt to these varied situations the Indian jersey carries.”
I would never say people don’t want to play red-ball cricket – Paras Mhambrey
Paras Mhambrey also added that they would be giving opportunities to youngsters even in Test cricket. Elaborating on the same, he said:
“I would never say people don’t want to play red-ball cricket. Even now if you ask any aspiring fast bowler or spinner what is the format you want to excel in, he will always pick Test cricket first.
“Yes, obviously, there will be some bowlers, who would choose the white ball format. They would have probably played all formats and then decided that their game and skill-sets suit the white ball format more. Now that will be a very individual call and no one can do anything about it.”
The first T20I between India and South Africa will be played on Sunday, December 10 at Kingsmead, Durban