The freshness that comes with seaside Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan is an indicator that India needs a solid backup pool for Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammad Shami. For a long time, the governing body of the Indian team has enjoyed the luxury of Bumrah, Shami and Bhubaneswar Kumar. Now that their careers have worn off, apparently nowadays, they need to be wrapped in cotton wool. At the same time, management is accused of cutting and shifting.
After the match, Shardul proudly claimed that the Indian team would gain momentum in the three T-20 series, but he did not find a place in the designated T20 team. Shurdul, the last two years have not yielded the longest rope. With workload management likely to swing and Navadeep Saini enjoying sticking around, keeping Shardul for the series is not a bad idea.
“The team was selected a long time ago. Since I wasn’t part of the T20 series, I wasn’t thinking about it. “But if we look at the Indian team that is down to Australia, we are looking at it as a two-day and six-match series, not a T20 series,” Shardul said after the match.
There is also the theory that the flood of T20 cricket has disrupted India’s one-day cricket. After experiencing a clean sweep in the ODIs in New Zealand earlier this year, Kohli claimed the format had little relevance. For the likes of Shardul, this is an opportunity to claim a corner with two T20 World Cups.
“There are different types of cricket being played in 50 overs, but both are white-ball formats.
While the emphasis is on maintaining and preserving Bumrah and Shami, the team’s administration sees the T20I series as an opportunity to strengthen the pool. Natarajan’s encouraging start, as Shardul witnesses: “He was good and hanged his Yorker. He was well back. It shows character. We need players like him who can keep their confidence going back. ”
One-day series scars may take time to heal but this could be a fresh start in the T20I series starting Thursday.