The former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has come up with important advice for the host team India. In the first T20I series, India lost their match against Bangladesh. They are now hardly preparing themselves to bounce back stronger for the next T20I match, which is going to take place in Rajkot on 7 November. So, the Australian former cricketer gave his advice on the occasion.
The stand-in captain Rohit Sharma is leading Team India in the T20l series against Bangladesh. According to Dean Jones, Team India has failed to dominate in the shortest format as they do in ODIs and Tests and also pointed to India’s No 5 rank in the T20I ranking table.
Dean Jones said, “I think you need to have four pillars of strengths. The number one pillar in any T20 team is the death bowler. You’ve got (Jasprit) Bumrah. So, who is the other bowler who’s going to help bowl at the death? Will it be Deepak (Chahar) or Khaleel (Ahmed)?”
He added, “The second pillar is the top three batsmen who can hit boundaries in the first six overs or bat with a strike rate of over 130. You’ve got Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. At number three, who’s your all-rounder? Of course, Hardik (Pandya), he’s been rested. This gives a golden opportunity to Shivam Dube to come in. As the fourth pillar, you need a spinner that can spin it both ways. Is it going to be (Yuzvendra) Chahal or someone else? Now, this is where questions will be asked in the next two to three T20 series that are coming up.”
Speaking about the day-night game format, Jones said, “I think the day-night Test is a great initiative. It is the future of cricket.”