A new challenge awaits India as they will take on the mature Bangladeshi brigade who are no longer termed as Asian minnows. With not many experienced players in the line-up, the players will have to tread with caution in a bid to get the much-needed result.
Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour has dropped a huge hint that the team management is looking forward to experimenting with different combinations in the upcoming three-match T20I series.
The batting coach wants the players to elicit calmness and composure to the table. While addressing the reporters at the presser on Friday (November 1), ahead of the T20I opener against Bangladesh, Rathour gave the much-needed inputs to the batting team, stressing on the fact that Men In Blue will have to bat well as far as setting up a target is concerned.
“Basically, trying out different players and combinations. Like in the last series, we deliberately batted first which we lost. That’s one area we need to work on. We need to bat better when we bat first in T20I cricket. We chase pretty well. That’s one area we as a team are looking to improve,” he quoted.
It is no good to change the team combination frequently: Rathour
Rathour also wanted to clarify that it is not advisable to experiment too much as it would backfire them because it would hamper the ideal preparations for the next year’s T20 World Cup. “You cannot be changing too much when a big tournament is coming. We need to know what’s the core of our team and maintain that core and in between try out new few players. Hopefully, if and when they do well, that can help our team combination,” Rathour said.
Rathour had claimed that the youngsters have fared well in the domestic circuit, which automatically opened the door to the national side. “Extremely exciting when you see youngsters coming through, doing well in domestic cricket, and making their way into the Indian team. We have just arrived and it is the first day of practice so we have not really thought about the combination of the team yet. They are all promising cricketers so hopefully they will come good,” Rathour said.
Bangladesh are a dangerous team: Rathour
Last but not least, Rathour insisted to take Bangladesh seriously because they are an advanced side who can challenge any big team now. Even without the supreme likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, they can go to any extent to snatch a win and for sure, it is going to be one heck of a challenging contest between the two teams.
“Missing out on top players, of course, makes a difference to the team. But T20 is the only format where you don’t players miss too much. But the amount of T20 cricket that is there being played in Bangladesh, I am sure they have good players,” Rathour said.