Virat Kohli: The Team Must Play With More Freedom


The Skipper Addresses the Batting Issues Before the Start of Ind Vs Eng T20I Series

Ahead of the marquee India Vs England T20I series, King Kohli has said in a press conference interview that the team will tweak their approach when it comes to their batting innings. Guilty of being too top-heavy, India has addressed their depth in T20 batting by making selections to strengthen the lower order batting.

Pant’s return to form and confidence is excellent news for India. This series and the IPL are the only T20 games Indian players get to play before the scheduled World Cup this year at home. Considering that Rishabh Pant is the perfect addition, this squad needed to aid Pandya and Jadeja down the order. This way, the Indian batting powerhouse up-top can play fearless cricket from ball one.

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“We Want to be a Side that Plays Free Cricket”

In the recent past, T20 internationals have been a cause of concern for the Indian team. It’s not that they haven’t been winning. A 5-0 clean-sweep over New Zealand in their home would defy that fact. But it is the disappointing lack of consistency and stability that could hurt India in a World Cup type situation. Slow run-rate in the middle overs can turn out to be the big differentiator when it comes to competitions of this level. This is the last chance to address those issues and come up with a squadron of gentlemen who can bring the T20 cup back home after the first edition in 2007.

We have have played with a certain kind of pattern in the past. We did not have a big tournament to work towards in the past. If you look the squad, the additions we have made we have tried to address a few things we needed in specific

Kohli in a press-conference interview before the start of the Ind vs Eng T20I series

With all-rounders like Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, and Ravindra Jadeja, India are in a position where they can pick a pack of players that can play for 20 overs without thinking about getting out and worrying about the team’s position. This will also give the likes of Virat, Rohit, and KL up the order to express themselves starting from the power-play overs.

The addition of successful IPL batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan also points towards an apparent change of approach in T20 squad picking. India are very clearly bolstering their batting options before the monumental tournament, leaving no stone unturned. This is also them taking a page out of England’s book, which is currently the top-rated T20 side globally. Their final 11 have the capability to bat destructively from ball one and down till number 10 on most days.

With the likes of Bumrah, Shami, and Jadeja poised to come back into the setup before the World Cup, India are hoping to find some gems in this 5 match series. At the end of this series and the IPL, the final squad will start looking much straightforward, and whoever makes it to the final squad will be a selection of some of the best white-ball players in the World.

India Squad for T20Is against England

Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur