Team India hasn’t yet broken the T20 code. Since winning the inaugural edition in 2007, the Men in Blue haven’t gone the distance in the shortest format in the T20 World Cups played after.
India’s top three for T20 World Cup 2022 was all but settled, with Kl Rahul and Rohit Sharma as openers, followed by Virat Kohli at No. 3. However, the trio’s strike-rate isn’t something everyone is impressed with. The openers have been a notoriously slow starter inside the powerplay and finished the tournament with a poor strikes rates of 120.75 and106.42 respectively. This led to question marks regarding their intent inside the powerplay overs.
Speaking on the sidelines in Abu Dhabi T10 League where he will be seen in action for the Delhi Bulls, Indian great spinner Harbhajan Singh said to PTI that If we want to win the next white ball formats World Cups , there is a definitely need to redefine our strategies looking forward like England did after 2015 World Cup debacle.
“The approach has to change in the T20 format,” Harbhajan said. “The first six overs are important. If that doesn’t happen, you will be depended on Hardik Pandya or Suryakumar Yadav for scoring 50 off 20. If they don’t fire, you will end up with a below-par total.”
“England changed their approach and they have won two World Cups [including the 2019 ODI World Cup]. T20 has to be played like T20 not like ODIs.”
Harbhajan also talked about Indian trio’s batting in powerplay and said Its high time that they should revise their policy of batting cautiously in the first powerplay and score at least nine runs per over in the first 10-12 overs.
“All the top three (Rohit, Virat, and KL Rahul) need to do is increase their strike rate. It is tough when you bat at 110 or 120 strike and try to make 180. They have to score at least nine runs per over in the first 10-12 overs.”
“I am no one to comment whether they would want to play T20Is or not. They are quality players. If they can remain fit, why not, provided the approach is different. Players can’t be changed overnight, the approach has to change.”