Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag pointed out that the team management made a mistake by pushing opener, Rohit Sharma, down a slot during India’s Super 12 match against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup.
He compared Rohit’s demotion to what the Indian team management had done with Sachin Tendulkar back in 2007 for the ODI World Cup. Sehwag stated that the team is in shambles at the moment and is trying to force a few changes for the sake of it.
“In 2007, we made two mistakes. We were chasing really well. We won 17 consecutive matches while chasing, but when the 50-over World Cup came, our coach said we need batting practice. But then I said that let us win two matches first, and then we can have batting practice in the next six games. But he said no.”
“The other mistake was that when the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were performing so well, before that from 2003-06 Sehwag and Sachin’s opening partnership was also working well, why were they broken?
“Why was it said that if Sachin Tendulkar plays in the middle order, then he can control the middle order? You already had three players to control; Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. So why did you need a fourth player to control the middle order,” Sehwag stated in a conversation with Cricbuzz.
“When teams play bad, you change strategy” – Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag also mentioned that the Indian team has been tinkering with the combinations a little too much just because of an early loss in the tournament. Following the loss to Pakistan, Virat Kohli and co. made a few changes to the team, which backfired tremendously.
“When teams play bad, you change your strategy, and that is why they play bad. When you are doing something good like the Cricbuzz panelists who are good, and you change them forcefully, that is when it will go down,” Sehwag added.
The Men in Blue have lost their first two games in the tournament, and they need to win their next three matches, along with hoping that the results in their group go their way.