Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels seniors like skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who’re nice gamers of spin, will play a massive role in the ODI World Cup, to be held in the nation later this 12 months.
Gambhir stated India have to establish fearless gamers and have a combination of cricketers in the 50-over format.
“First, you need to identify the players who got that fearless approach and probably in a format like 50 overs you need to have a mixture of every kind of player. There are players who can anchor their innings. Change in role has also made a huge difference,” Gambhir stated Star Sports present ‘Road to World Cup Glory’.
“I feel people like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and all those guys who can anchor their innings, who probably can play spin really well will play a massive role the coming World Cup.”
The cricketer-turned politician stated the introduction of two balls from two ends has modified the template in ODIs.
“During that time we had only one new ball, now we’ve got two new balls with five fielders inside. So, the role of a part timer has gone out of the window. The reverse swings, you don’t see enough of reverse swings anymore, you don’t see enough of chase for the finger spinners as well,” Gambhir stated.
“But, I always feel that when we talk about this new approach, which India always talks about, the template and stuff, you’ve got to identify players who can adapt those roles or that template very easily.”
Gambhir stated India want to stay to a set of gamers and check out them in matches to succeed in the ODI World Cup at house.
“If they need to take a break, individuals who play greater than three codecs, they will undoubtedly take a break from T20 cricket, however certainly not from the ODI format. They obtained to play collectively.
“I think the biggest mistake that Indian cricket has made in the last two World Cups has been that these guys have not played enough of cricket together. Tell me how many times have we got the best playing 11 on the park?
“We have not, solely in the course of the World Cup we determined to have the very best taking part in 11, however sadly that was by no means the very best taking part in 11,” he stated.
Gambhir stated if want be Indian cricketers ought to keep away from taking part in the IPL and have to prioritise 50-over cricket retaining the World Cup in thoughts.
“So these guys need to play sufficient of white-ball cricket, particularly for the 50 overs World Cup collectively irrespective whether or not they need to take a break from the T20 or from the IPL. But the break has to occur in the T20 format and never the 50 overs.
“If the franchisee has to suffer they have to suffer. Indian cricket is the main stake holder, not the IPL. IPL is just the by product. So, if India goes out and wins the World Cup, that is the bigger ovation, that is the bigger ring,” he stated.
“…if an important player does miss the IPL games so be it, because IPL happens every year and the World Cup happens only once in four years. So, for me I think winning the World Cup is far more important than winning the IPL.
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