Indian T20I captain Rohit Sharma in conversation with all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer
India beat New Zealand by 5 wickets in the first T20I in Jaipur on Wednesday as the Rahul Dravid-Rohit Sharma era in the shortest format began with a win. Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first and efforts from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin with the ball helped the hosts restrict the Blackcaps to 164/6. Despite India’s dominance with the bat, the match went awry. Rishabh Pant took India home with 2 balls to spare. While there were smiles all around after the win, the Indian team management would know that a lot of work has to be done to prepare this team for next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
A lot of former cricketers and experts talked about the need to experiment as this is the time when India can try new things to prepare for the showpiece event. Batting first in this format has been a big concern for India and the team can try to do so by winning the toss and try to set bigger targets, which will help the batsmen know at what pace they have to score. .
As far as India’s bowling options are concerned, they bowled just 5 bowlers on Wednesday despite being in the ranks of all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer. Iyer, who opened the batting in the IPL, came out to bat at No. 6 in the last over of the chase and hit a crucial boundary before being dismissed.
Former India Test opener and noted commentator Aakash Chopra feels India missed an opportunity by not using Iyer’s bowling skills, despite the fact that the duo of Deepak Chahar and Mohammad Siraj were being taken for runs. .
“If Venkatesh Iyer is getting ready to play on 6 and bowl a few overs, then India have missed an opportunity today. He should have definitely bowled a few overs. With Chahar-Siraj’s runs leaking out, the ball has been hit. Worth throwing it away. IMHO,” Chopra wrote on social media platform Ku.
India struggled in the recently concluded T20 World Cup as they did not have a sixth bowling option in the playing XI as Hardik Pandya was not fit enough to bowl his full overs. Hardik is not a part of this series after his poor performance with the bat in the World Cup.
Iyer, playing the role of a finisher, has the ability to bowl at medium pace and has taken three wickets in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders. Should Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma choose to bowl to him in the upcoming matches, it is something that everyone will be waiting for.
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