The Indian cricket team is about to enter a new era in the shortest format after yet another T20 World Cup disappointment, when a lot of young players are expected to be handed the long rope. Sunil Gavaskar, a great batter, has requested that “knee-jerk” reactions be avoided despite acknowledging that some difficult decisions must be made. This is despite the fact that numerous reports have suggested that a number of changes are likely to be made to the Indian team for the T20Is.
In Australia, players like KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma struggled terribly, barely scoring runs when the team needed them to light up. Although the former struggled to hit from the word, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav led the team in scoring. As part of a potential major overhaul, the names of several children have been suggested. Speaking to India Today, Gavaskar stated that although the selection committee is anticipated to make some difficult decisions, major changes would not be considered based on a single setback.
“Let’s not talk about wholesale changes just because we have lost one match. We are very famous for our knee-jerk reactions and having a go at our team. I don’t think that is the right way. Yes, I think that hard calls need to be taken and hopefully the selection committee would take them,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar said that one of India’s main worries in powerplays has been the lack of runs. Gavaksar anticipates the selectors putting the changes into practise in the coming year. “I think the lack of winning the powerplays. Whenever we are beaten in the powerplays, we struggle to win,” Gavaskar said.
“Yes, I think that will engage the selection committee’s mind. If any change is going to happen, it will start after New Year once the domestic Indian season begins,” he further said. It’s likely that players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, etc. will be gradually removed from the T20 team to make room for some newcomers. But perhaps that’s not all.