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Indian team needs to play a brand of cricket where big-hitting batters contribute with the ball for the balance of the side, former India coach Anil Kumble has suggested.
India need more batters who can bowl for the balance of team: Anil Kumble (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble has faulted the Indian team selection for the T20 World Cup 2022 exit, saying that the Indian team needs to play a brand of cricket where big-hitting batters contribute with the ball to balance the side.
The Indian team crashed out of the T20 World Cup 2022 after Alex Hales and Jos Buttler forged a record-breaking 170-run opening stand to hammer the Rohit Sharma-led side by 10 wickets in the semifinal in Adelaide on Thursday. India’s timid batting approach invited criticism from all quarters as it led to a heavy defeat that spelled the ouster of the side from the premier ICC event.
“…what I see as something that certainly needs to be done is, how we keep talking about to bat. But I think in Indian cricket, you need batters to bowl too for the balance of the team,” Kumble was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.
“That’s exactly what England have. They had too many choices. They used Liam Livingstone. Moeen Ali has hardly bowled in this tournament. So those are the choices that you need.”
Kumble found fault with the selection of Indian teams, saying the current trend needs to change.
“Unfortunately, even in the India A team that gets picked, it’s mostly batters who don’t bowl. It’s important to create that brand of cricket and say that this is how the Indian team is going to do it and it should follow right through the system.
“I think the more and more you play T20s, it’s going to be like this, where you just come and show your power. So that’s exactly how I think T20 is going to go forward,” he said.
Kumble reckons every player should understand the specific role assigned to him and once that’s finalized the team should stick to that. He went to the extent of saying that that role should not be restricted just to the national team and the players must go back to domestic cricket with the same mindset.
“One is of course having that brand of cricket and then choosing the players to do that, but I think it’s also important that these players play their specific roles wherever they play.
“Because it’s not about just playing that role for India and then going back to your domestic cricket and franchise cricket and then changing the way you’re going to go about it. For example, Pant today (Thursday) batted for India at No. 6. He walked in in the 19th over. He never does that in domestic cricket,” he said.
“So you need some kind of role definition as well there and that’s something I think is very critical if you’re going to build a potent team where you need a back-up for those roles and not necessarily your six best players, whatever role they can. It’s very difficult to do that in a World Cup.”