“Trusting seniors didn’t work…”: a former Indian star drops the “Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli” bombshell

Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar said he would have picked a much younger Indian team for the T20 World Cup as loading the team with seniors has not worked in the past. Manjrekar said India was left with no option but to pair Rohit Sharma with Virat Kohli for the top spot when he would have preferred to add the flavor of young and talented Yashaswi Jaiswal. Rohit and Kohli did not feature in most of the T20 assignments for India last year but returned to the fold as the selectors showed their faith in the seasoned campaigners.

“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 doesn't think Jaiswal would find a place in the Indian 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 suggestions that Mohammed Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi pose a threat to Indian batters in the 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 not 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.

Irfan Pathan, meanwhile, called left-arm spinner Imad Wasim a 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 backed Hardik Pandya to become a good 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 said Pandya and Dube would play different 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 said India would also be cautious in the first round, knowing what happened in the 50-overs World Cup in the Caribbean, where they were knocked out in the first round in 2007.

“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 apply extra pressure in knockout matches due to his stature, which is not the case for 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.

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