Former India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel has given a crucial piece of advice to Team India, saying that they must identify the correct team combination before a marquee tournament like World Cup and should stick to the same combination till the tournament ends.
During a discussion on Cricbuzz, Parthiv Patel mentioned that the Indian management made a mistake by dropping Dinesh Karthik from the playing XI ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 semi-finals. He said:
“Try to identify players maybe slightly earlier and then stick with them till the World Cup ends. Dinesh Karthik was a specialist and by the time the semi-finals came, he was not even part of the playing XI.”
Rohit Sharma-led India managed to enter the semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 after winning 4 games in the Super 12 stage. The Men In Blue locked horns with Jos Buttler-led England in the second semi-final where they faced an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat at the Adelaide Oval.
I don’t think trying players is resulting in a lack of ICC success – Dinesh Karthik
During the same discussion, Dinesh Karthik said that the “T20 specialists are the need of the hour”. He added that trying out different combinations is not the reason behind India’s lack of success in ICC events.
He said: “It’s come to a stage where just like Test specialists, T20 specialists are the need of the hour. I think India is adapting well, and doing well to embrace that culture. I don’t think trying players is resulting in a lack of ICC success, because we did not try it before and we did not have ICC success then as well.”
Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik further said:
“In many ways, when you have a high-profile tournament like the IPL, with every edition, comes some great performances, and they will throw their hat in the ring. The really good thing about Rohit Sharma and what I really enjoy about him is that clarity.”
“I think he was very sure what he wanted in his team, the personnel and that is a very important attribute to have in this day and age as a captain.”