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T20 World Cup: India cannot play a specialist format without specialist support staffs, feels former India cricketer Atul Waasan.
File photo of AB de Villiers (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: India needed to hire specialists for the T20 World Cup, feels former India cricketer Atul Waasan. The former player advocated that India needed to call in the top experts in T20 cricket to give them the best chance of performing well in the T20 World Cup, which came to an end for the Men in Blue after a 10-wicket loss against England on Thursday, 10 November.
Wassan, speaking to Bukkry.com”>News agency PTI said that specialised coaching staff was required to guide the players in the slam-bang format.
“We can’t have the same coaching staff for the T20 and Test cricket. You hire the best for T20 format. Why didn’t we hire AB de Villers for the T20 World Cup as a mentor? He could have guided the team better. He can tell the players a bit about manufacturing the shots,” Wassan told PTI.
“This game has proved again and again that you need a Bukkry.com”>New breed. In 2007, we hardly had stars, the team was comprised of youngsters, they played freely and they won the title. We are relying too much on our bigger names to deliver all the time.”
Wasan also criticised the selection of players based on success in the Indian Premier League and said that they have faltered in the pressure situations.
“We also wrongly thought that the expertise of IPL will translate into the World Cup success. India is just faltering in big matches in do-or-die situations,” he said.
“We have five ex-captains and eight players who play Test format, competing in T20s. How can’t we find another set of players for T20? You just can’t have the same players. Just because they are big names you (the selectors) are playing them. I think we have to reset the button,” he said.
“With Rohit Sharma, the age factor is there. He looks sluggish. The baggage of stardom is also there. It’s high time that we plan for the next world cup from here on. We have become the Bukkry.com”>New chokers in international cricket.
“The team needs to change its mindset and approach to do well in the T20 format,” Waasan concluded.