Team India: In the coming 24 months, many big changes can be seen in India’s T20 International team. We are saying 24 months because now the next T20 World Cup is to be played in America in 2024. After the results of this World Cup, the news of senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin gradually being dropped from this format has also started doing the rounds. At the same time, sources of the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) gave this information on Thursday.
Now this player will not be seen again?
According to the information, it seems that Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik have now played their last matches for India in the T20 format. Whereas the two biggest players of the team, Kohli and Rohit, have been left by the BCCI to decide on the future of T20 Internationals. Let us tell you that the next T20 World Cup is still two years away and if cricket pundits are to be believed, then a plan is being made to prepare a new team under the leadership of Hardik Pandya. This is also because he is a contender to captain for a long time.
Hardik Pandya can become captain after Rohit Sharma
Statement from BCCI on retirement
A BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity, “BCCI never asks anyone to retire. This is a personal decision. But yes, considering the limited number of T20 matches in 2023, most of the senior players will focus on ODIs and Test matches. You won’t see most of the senior players playing T20 next year.
Dravid said this on the future of Kohli-Rohit
However, when PTI asked head coach Rahul Dravid about the future of senior players like Kohli and Rohit, he said it was too early to talk about changes. Dravid said, “It is too early to talk about it after the semi-final match. These players have done well for us. Like you said, we have a few years to think about it.” Will play at least 25 ODIs first.
Dinesh Karthik can take retirement anytime
Youth will get more and more opportunities
Taking a look at India’s upcoming schedule, it is learned that till the ODI World Cup, the team will play only 12 T20 Internationals as bilateral events starting with a three-match series in New Zealand next week. The inclusion of Shubman Gill in the squad and Rishabh Pant (Vice-captain for the tour) opening the innings could change the powerplay batting equation. Let’s also not forget the extremely talented Prithvi Shaw who has been overlooked time and again during Dravid’s tenure as coach.
Rohit and Kohli are huge names and it is likely that BCCI will let them decide their future. Rohit is 35 now and in two years at the age of 37, he is not expected to lead the team in the T20 World Cup 2024. Karthik was given the role of a short-term finisher in view of the ongoing T20 World Cup. As far as Ashwin is concerned, he failed to trouble the opposition batsmen throughout the tournament. In six matches, three of his six wickets came against Zimbabwe. During this, he gave runs at an economy of 8.15. Washington Sundar, who cemented his place in the team before injuries, will now get more chances.
Sword can hang on KL Rahul
The only difficult decision is in front of the team management regarding KL Rahul. His strike rate of 120.75 shows that all is not well in the Indian team. Rahul is the only opener among the top teams to have played two maiden overs and failed to reach double digits against any top team (4 vs Pakistan, 9 vs South Africa, 9 vs England) in a big match. Indian team’s mental strengthening coach Paddy Upton’s contract also expired with the conclusion of the campaign in the T20 World Cup. Upton’s second stint with the Indian team has not yielded the desired results as the team failed to perform well in both the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup.
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