India’s T20I Future Plan: The manner of India’s loss to England in Adelaide has once again cast doubt on the country’s cautious batting strategy by the top three batsmen as well as the effectiveness of their bowling attack on favorable batting pitches, despite the fact that reaching the T20 World Cup 2022 semifinals is an improvement over their group-stage exit last time.
The future of Captain Rohit Sharma has also come under scrutiny. Along with batting poorly throughout the tournament (with an average of 19 and a strike rate of 106) Sharma also led the team inadequately. His picks and decisions on bowling changes coming under fire.
Sharma will be 37 years old when the subsequent T20 World Cup will take place in 2024. The selectors must soon designate a new T20I skipper and give him or her two years to create a side that fits their preferences and playing style due to Rohit’s fitness and injury issues as well as the fact that he is a more crucial player in the other two formats.
Virat Kohli’s future in T20I for India
The former Indian captain Virat Kohli, who, however, was India’s saviour in most of the games and ended the tournament as the highest run-scorer, but his breaks due to work load management, and considering ODI World Cup 2023, where his availability is important, he will most likely to miss most the T20Is next year for India.
Ravi Ashwin’s performance in T20 World Cup 2022
Ashwin, on the other hand, has bagged 6 wickets in 6 games at an economy 8.15.
As a result of England’s 10-wicket thrashing of Rohit Sharma and company in the semi-final at Adelaide. Team India’s hopes of winning a second World T20 crown were dashed. Rahul Dravid, the head coach of India, was questioned about the future of veteran players like Virat Kohli and Rohit in the T20 setup following the loss. It’s too early to talk about transition, the coach remarked at the post-game news conference, which was broadcast live on Star Sports. But a report in PTI stated that captain Rohit, Kohli, and R Ashwin will progressively move out of the shorter format in the coming months.
The report further stated that a whole new team will be fielded for the upcoming competition, which will be held in 2024, citing BCCI sources close to the development. It further mentioned that Hardik Pandya is anticipated to hold the captaincy position in the long run.
“The BCCI never asks anyone to retire. It is an individual decision. But yes, with just a handful of T20Is scheduled in 2023. Most of the seniors will concentrate on ODIs and Test matches in that cycle,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“You don’t need to announce retirement if you don’t want to. You will not see most of the seniors playing T20 next year,” the source added.
With the ICC Cricket World Cup set to take place in India next year, the focus will now switch to the 50-over format.