The turnaround time for the 2022 T20 World Cup isn’t a lot. In less than a year’s time, the nations would be back, trying to hunt Australia’s glorious trophy in their backyard itself. With the kind of talent at Team India’s disposal, it would come as no surprise that they would be amongst the favourites to win the trophy before the tournament.
However, the same was the case before the 2021 edition and we saw what panned out eventually. So what are the things India needs to get spot on before they head Down Under for the 2022 T20 World Cup? Let’s find out here.
ABSOLUTE ROLE CLARITY
The biggest issue the team had before the 2021 edition was that there wasn’t enough role clarity in the squad members. The players came into the tournament on the back of playing different roles for their respective franchises and suddenly in the Indian setup were caught off-guard. It seemed like a classic case of an all-star team strung together trying to work out what is supposed to be done on the field itself. This approach would never work in a tournament like the T20 World Cup hence defining roles well before the 2022 edition would be key for the team management.
A BATTER WHO CAN BOWL
With Hardik Pandya struggling with his back issues, India went into the key matches of the World Cup with just five genuine bowlers. That isn’t enough when you come up against a quality batting lineup. It is imperative that the team finds a top-order batter who can roll his arm over. This is where someone like Venkatesh Iyer needs to be managed carefully. He certainly could be that player who would help balance this Indian T20 lineup.
A LETHAL FINISHER
Even though Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya had a field day in the match against Afghanistan, it seemed like the team lacked a finisher who could be the x-factor in the tournament. In the T20I series against New Zealand as well, the lack of a finisher seemed apparent. So it becomes important for the management to identify these individuals and make sure that they are put in these tough situations plenty of times before the key matches of the World Cup.
WICKET-TAKING WRIST SPINNER
The team in the 2021 T20 World Cup lacked a proper wicket-taker. The burden of wickets came on the shoulders of Jasprit Bumrah and the opposition was savvy enough to negate his threat. This is where an attacking wrist spinner would be key for this Indian T20I team especially in Australia, where the boundaries are of a decent size. Teams that were successful in the 2021 edition also had wicket-taking wrist spinners and that tells you the importance of this type of bowler.
A LEFT-ARM PACER
A big concern for the Indian team over the years has been the lack of a left-arm pacer in the squad. It was solved a bit when they discovered T Natarajan but the pacer has been struggling with fitness ever since. We saw the havoc Shaheen Afridi was able to generate when India took on Pakistan. The ability of a left-arm pacer to swing the new ball has always been a tough art to face in the history of the game. Most T20 franchises also look to rope in a left-arm pacer as one of their first picks in an auction. India surely needs to find a left-arm pacer who is capable of getting a spot in the XI.
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