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Dravid and Rohit Sharma were unable to organize the T20 team.

Dravid and Rohit Sharma were unable to organize the T20 team.

There was optimism in the air when Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma took over as the Indian team’s coach a year ago. A long-term strategy with a feeder system that provides qualified personnel and clarity regarding players’ duties was mentioned. No substantial gaps existed in the group. As opposed to the 2019 ODI World Cup, there was no shortage of a true No. 4, and a fully recovered Hardik Pandya even put an end to India’s protracted search for a pace-bowling all-rounder.

Instead, there has been an experiment in chaos and conservatism. The current team management has far too many questions to resolve. They declared at the beginning of last year that they will concentrate on the T20 World Cup. That failed. And recently, following the defeat in the ODI series against Bangladesh, Dravid declared that they will begin concentrating on the ODI World Cup starting in January 2023.

The BCCI and team management must meet in a closed-door setting for it to take place. Here are a few queries they must respond to as soon as possible, especially with the World Cup at home less than a year away.

India disagrees with the rest of the world that Tests, ODIs, and T20s need for distinct skill sets. Their marquee athletes, including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, and Shreyas Iyer, are frequently seen competing in all three forms. The times have changed. Both Australia and South Africa, with Kagiso Rabada, attempt to include their premier players in all formats; as a result, their bowling has been noticeably hampered in major competitions.

The BCCI cannot afford to instruct Indian Premier League teams to rest their stars, hence the decision must be made by the selectors, if not the players themselves.

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