Arguably we, Indians are the most passionate cricket fans in the world and we always stood beside our cricket team. After the disappointment of CWC 2019, we are now looking forward for 2020 WT20 in Australia. Virat, Ravi Shastri and other members of team management have a task in hand to build a solid T20 team for the event. Even though we have most successful cricket premier league of the world as IPL, but since the IPL comes in to the picture, Irony is India never won the T20 world cup. Is this a mere coincidence or our management is not focused enough to build a right team for this format. We won the inaugural T20 world cup in South Africa but at that time known Indian cricketers were not involved in T20 cricket and went in to the competition with very less expectation and fairly young team. Since then there were 5 more WT20 happened and India managed only one appearance in finals that too on losing side. For that loss most people blames Yuvraj Singh, one of most celebrated cricketers in white ball cricket and Yuvraj also accepted it as one of his worst day on cricket field ever. In 2009, 2010 and 2012 India did not even qualify for knock outs and in the last WT20 we knocked out by eventual champion West Indies in Semi Finals. So if we judge IPL by results for Indian Cricket, we can simply say that we did not gain much as a nation. We don’t have any specialist batsman or bowler for T20 format and can justify his skills either as bowler or batsman. We are playing the T20 format similar to ODI and our openers are not the most attacking openers in the world. Then we have Virat Kohli as a backbone of our batting line up and play the game in most traditional way but still we have very successful top 3 even though they are not most attacking but very consistent at the top of the order. After top 3, we are still auditioning for rest of the positions like 4, 5 and 6. We have Hardik Pandya at 7, most attacking batsman in the line up and we can easily say he is the most conventional player for this format. Then we have bowlers with good skills required at this format. 2 of the world’s best death over bowlers we have in the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, good spinners as well.
Now let’s talk about issue at hand, we don’t have utility players in our playing XI, either they are genuine batsmen or genuine bowlers with an exception of Hardik Pandya. Our bowlers are not even capable of scoring 20 runs in 3 overs in T20 format whereas teams like England, Australia, New Zealand have bowlers with handful batting abilities. Our batsman don’t contribute with ball like Root for England, Maxwell for Australia, or genuine all rounders like Stokes, Russell etc. We need utility players who have secondary skill as well. For no. 4 and 5 we auditioned Rishabh Pant and Manish Pandey in last series against West Indies but none of them were successful. Both these talented players needs few more chances and then team management needs to take a call on these 2. For number 6, Krunal played during the mentioned series but will he be the right choice for the mega event as it is scheduled to be played in Australia. Is he better than Jadeja as both have similar skill set with Jadeja as a superior fielder and better bowler? For number 6 we need an explosive batting all rounder who can score with strike rate of 150+ easily like Buttler or Maxwell with some bowling ability. May be a solution is to shift Rishabh Pant at 6 along with Pandya at 7 we will have 2 explosive batsmen who can end the innings with a flourish. For number 4 and 5 we need players with good technique and they should have all the gears in their armory. Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Vijay Shankar and another budding talent Shivam Dube are the contenders. Except Nitish Rana, Vijay Shankar and Shivam Dube all are one dimensional players. At the moment England is very attacking team at T20 stage even though we won the bilateral series against them in 2018 in their own backyard but still India are still a work in progress team in T20’s.
Another problem is we don’t have much options in domestic cricket as well for our struggling middle order. All batsmen who are are making the noise for selection like Shubhman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Manan Vohra, Surya Kumar Yadav are top order and we don’t have space at top order and all of them are one dimensional players. Even IPL could not produce a batting talent in middle order for India in last 3 years and that’s a sign of worry. Don’t you think Team management should act proactively and start building a team from now on else we may end up the WT20 on the same note as we end the CWC 19. One collapse at the top of order and no one there to hold the fort.