The IPL has reached its business end, and the experts have started to look at upcoming tournaments and international cricket. India have an all-important WTC final against Australia in June, while there is also a fifty-over World Cup this year and a T20 World Cup in 2024.
Ahead of these important tournaments, former India head coach Ravi Shastri stated a few points for the Indian management and selectors to ensure success. Firstly, the 60-year-old advised the selectors to look beyond Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the T20 format and keep their services reserved for Test and fifty-over cricket.
Further, Shastri advised selectors to pick young talents from IPL like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jitesh Sharma, Tilak Varma, and Rinku Singh soon for the Indian team, and give them regular opportunities under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy.
“We have a T20 series against West Indies. Play these guys and find the right combinations. The selectors should start picking them now and not wait for a year because the form disappears.”
Further, Ravi pointed out a major mistake under Rahul Dravid’s tenure and urged the management not to repeat the same error. The 60-year-old cited the example of Venkatesh Iyer, who played as a middle-order player for India and urged the management to play young players at the right spot.
“There should be the right man for the right job. If a player bats at three or four for his franchise, and you play him at number 6 for India, it is not right.”
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