Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels the current Indian T20I team that is up playing against England is ‘not that great’. The Virat Kohli-led team is trailing 1-2 against England in the ongoing five-match T20I series after Tuesday’s loss against Eoin Morgan’s men.
Vaughan blamed the condition of this Indian team on the constant chopping and changing being done to the playing XI. India made one change to their Playing XI for the third T20I bringing in Rohit Sharma to open the batting with KL Rahul and leaving out Suryakumar Yadav, who had made his T20I debut in the last match.
This Indian T20 Team Is Not That Good: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan was not happy with the way India was constantly chopping and changing the playing XI in every match. Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings with KL Rahul in the first T20I but was dropped for Ishan Kishan in the next match.
Then Rohit Sharma was included in the third T20I, putting Suryakumar Yadav out of the XI and Vaughan felt that the shuffling of the playing order did harm to the Indian team.
“You’re up against the best team in the world and it very much reminded me of England in the Test series. Chopped and changed everything, and they are not that great a Test match team. This Indian T20 team is not that good,” Michael Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“India, I didn’t quite understand with the bat in hand how they changed two players who had done so well in the last game. Ishan Kishan, who had opened the batting goes to three and Virat Kohli who played brilliantly at three goes to four. Surely, you keep the substance of what had worked in the previous game, you maneuver a KL Rahul in the middle of the order,” the former England captain said.
India needs to include Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja into the XI to make the team good: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan reckons additions of two senior players in fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja completely change the way this team operates. Bumrah is currently on personal leave as he got married to TV host Sanjana Ganeshan, while Jadeja is recovering from a fractured thumb he sustained during the India-Australia Test series.
“It’s as good as it should be so when you get things that work, keep it. Keep it till the next game. I do think Bumrah, Ravi Jadeja… put those two into this team and they just make it so good. You get an extra bowling option and a left-hand batting power with Jadeja and a world-class performer in Jasprit Bumrah,” Michael Vaughan said.
The fourth T20I between India and England will be played on March 18, 2021.