'Selectors had faith in Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli but…': Sanjay Manjrekar says he 'wouldn't have gone that route' this time | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar suggests that opting for a younger Indian team for the T20 World Cup could have been more beneficial, given the lack of previous success with senior players.
He recommends injecting young talents like Yashaswi Jaiswal into the mix, rather than relying solely on experienced players.
Despite the absence of Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli among many T20 matches last year, the selectors chose to reinstate them, presumably banking on their experience.
Manjrekar notes that the default opening pair now appears to be Rohit and Kohli, while he would have preferred to explore alternatives, such as incorporating the promising Jaiswal.
“Ideally, I wouldn't have gone this route; I would have gone with a slightly younger core of players, but the selectors have committed to the icons, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,” Manjrekar said on Star Sports. Press room World Cup edition Friday.
“Now that they are in the team, it is impossible to have Virat Kohli batting at No. 3 because then you don't get the full rally from Virat. Rohit Sharma has to open, so now India s “It's sort of forced into There's only one type of combination: two right-handers,” he said.
Manjrekar doubts Yashaswi Jaiswal will get a place in India's playing XI.
“Unfortunately, Jaiswal will have to sit out. I would have gone for a completely new batch (and) then he would have had a lot more flair and it would be something different,” he said.
“(But) India has put its faith in seniors, a decision which has not worked over the years, let's hope it works this time,” Manjrekar added.
The former Indian batter also dismissed the notion that Mohammed Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi pose a significant threat to Indian batters in the upcoming clash between the two arch-rivals on June 9.
“Mohammed Amir played his last international T20 seven years ago. We have no idea about his form today. Shaheen Afridi is no longer the same bowler he was two years ago.
“India handled it very well. If you remember the Asia Cup, even in the 50-over World Cup we had a one-sided game. I don't see Pakistan as a threat major for India, plus the names (of) Mohammed and Shaheen Shah Afridi, I don't think it's a problem for India,” he added.
Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan termed left-arm spinner Imad Wasim as a potential threat.
“As a left-arm bowler with the new ball, he is not bad. He is intelligent, he bowls stumps to stumps and if the ball grabs, he could be a threat,” he said. he declares.
Manjrekar expressed confidence in Hardik Pandyathe ability to excel as a finisher.
“My vote will always go to Hardik Pandya. I know he had a pretty quiet IPL, but let's go back to the last T20 World Cup that India played, the last match, the semi-finals against England at Adelaide.
“Hardik Pandya made 60 off 30 balls at a strike rate of 190 after India got 62 in their first 10 overs.
“When it comes to the T20 World Cup – the marquee events – support those guys who excel on the big stage and for me, it will always be Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant ahead of the likes of Shivam Dubey, until we were seeing him on the big stage,” he said.
Pathan mentioned that Pandya and Dube would fulfill separate roles in the competition.
“Hardik Pandya and Shivam Dube will play different roles. Hardik will have a defined role to finish the game and Shivam will play as a floater, as backup against the spinners,” he said.
Manjrekar highlighted India's cautious approach in the first round of the tournament, drawing parallels with their early elimination in the 2007 50-overs World Cup in the Caribbean.
“India will feel the pressure of the first round because (in) 2007 (in) the West Indies, some funny things (had) happened. I see India getting going very quickly. (But) I will just watch this Indian team in the matches that matter – the semi-finals and the finals,” he said.
“For India, World Cups are no longer about getting to the final round. It's about what you do in the final rounds,” he added.
Manjrekar also claimed that Kohli tends to face extra pressure in knockout matches due to his stature, a situation which is not reflected by Rohit.
“Virat takes it upon himself. You see it happens in all big matches to bat a little bit longer, he feels obliged maybe because of the kind of stature he has in Indian cricket to bat longer rather than to just come and hit freely,” he said.
“But Rohit Sharma will do that regardless of his stature. We saw that in the ODI World Cup. But I really worry about Virat when it comes to the semi-finals and finals,” he said. -he adds.
(With PTI inputs)



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