Will India have a new team after the 2022 T20 World Cup? Ravi Shastri makes a bold claim

Compared to the T20 World Cup 2021, the Indian cricket team has expected some fresh faces in the roster for the T20 World Cup 2022. With players like Dinesh Karthik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel etc making a step forward the team that the agonizing wait for the world title is over. While there are still a number of players who have the quality to remain at the top for years to come, former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri believes India will need a ‘new team’ after completing the T20 World Cup in Australia will have.

“I’ve been part of the system for the last six to seven years, first as a coach and now I’m watching from the outside and I think this is as good a line-up as India has ever had in T20 cricket. I see India have a new team after this World Cup,” ICC quoted Ravi Shastri as saying.

“With Surya (Yadav) at #4, Hardik (Pandya) at #5, and Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik at #6, it makes a massive difference as the top order allows her to play the way she plays.”

Under Shastri’s leadership, India failed to make it past the group stage of the T20 World Cup last year. Shastri resigned as the team’s head coach after the event, paving the way for Rahul Dravid to take the job. Under Dravid, India has developed a new approach to the shortest format, but some concerns also remain.

Speaking of the problem areas in the current Indian side, Shastri believes that the players really need to step up the field if they want to win the title Down Under.

“One area that India needs to pick up on and start from the beginning is fielding,” he said.

“They have to work hard and put their A-game on the field when they face Pakistan (in the first game). Those 15-20 runs that you save can make all the difference because otherwise you have to hit every time, you have to do 15-20 extra runs,” Shastri added.

Shastri cited the example of Sri Lanka as he went on to explain the importance of a good lineup in major tournaments.

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“Teams like Australia, England and South Africa are playing like crazy. Check out what Sri Lanka did with field power at the Asian Cup.

(With ANI inputs)

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