The Indian cricket team managed by Virat Kohli are intent on moving on from their World Cup semi-final loss, and the T20 World series against West Indies start August-3 in Florida is something they won’t be complaining about.
There has done a lot of chatter about the coaching team and the T20 World Cup next year, but according to Virat Kohli, it is nevermore too late to start prepping for the championship event.
“Yes, definitely,” Kohli said. “We have 25-26 matches in hand before coming there, and we need to look at all the matches to have a solid combination – conditions-based because the situations in Australia ultimately will be different and so will be your order. And according to your team, and what every person’s intensities are, is what we’re trying to decide-out. It’s a normal process in cricket at this level that whatever plays you have you use it to build towards that World tournament.
“Having told that there’s no game that you want to take care either. You want results as also. As a team, if you are looking at growing confidence, then results should follow those methods and combinations. So, it boils down to the players ultimately. Whoever gets the chance, in whatever combination and how much responsibility they take in the position and how well they deliver for the team. That’s our focus till the World Cup – to figure out our best 15 and our best 11.”
The West Indies series is among the chances for the plenty of youngsters watching to make their case for 2020. There are as many as 5-different inclusions from the last time they played. Among those are uncapped players Rahul Chahar and Navdeep Saini.
Leg-spinner Chahar played an essential role in Mumbai Indians’ title-winning campaign in the IPL this year, while Navdeep Saini has made the eye too with his pace at the Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.
According to Kohli, this is also the time when Delhi’s Rishabh Pant should look to get experience and cement his position in the team.
“It’s a great chance for someone like Rishabh Pant to play several international crickets, present his credentials, really unleash his potential at this stage,” Kohli said. “We know how much experience he has and we all want him to become a regular performer for the Indian cricket team. MS’s experience is always going to be an essential part but having told that some of those younger guys have a great opportunity ahead of them, and they should look forward to it.”
“All these are proven performers, and we have a lot of belief in their abilities. We know to give the ball to anyone at any stage of the game, they’ll do the job. Everyone is a professional here, and they have come because of a lot of T20 experience. If you look at the IPL, you will have so many options, but you choose 15, which are the best. That’s what it was down to. And you expect them to do the job on the day.”
“I think the good thing is with T20 cricket we’re not concerned about the mindset of the players because having played IPL back home for so many years and being good players in the T20 format, these guys have a lot of composure,” Kohli said.
Kohli declared that he was looking forward to playing in Florida again. India last played here 3-years ago against the West Indies and lost the series 0-1.
“Even last time we played, it was good, high-scoring and we all had a lot of fun playing here. This time it is working to be no different. More than seeing at the facility or anything like that at this stage, it’s more about growing to America and just playing cricket here and opening the word that cricket can potentially be a sport that can be added here. And at that same time, for the people to come and watch as well, it’s just a nice time to be around for the whole week.”
The 3-match series kicks off with the first T20I on Saturday (August 3).