India’s run in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 came to an end after a nine-wicket win against Namibia on Monday.
India finished the Super 12 stage on third place with six points in Group 2 below Pakistan and New Zealand, who defeated them in their first two games.
It was the last match for Virat Kohli as the captain of India’s T20I team, and it also marked the end of Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of the team.
Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman said that he hopes that new head coach Rahul Dravid find the drawbacks of the Indian team and start working on them.
“With the next T20 World Cup less than a year away, I am sure India will have identified a template that new coach Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma, all set to become the next captain, will encourage the team to embrace whole-heartedly.
“It’s important for India to understand that they can’t afford to keep playing 20-over cricket in the same mould as they would the 50-over game,” Laxman wrote in his column for Times of India.
Invest in a batsman who can bowl a few overs of medium pace: VVS Laxman
Hardik Pandya couldn’t bowl enough in the tournament as he wasn’t fully fit. Laxman said that India should start looking for a backup for Pandya and suggested the names of Venkatesh Iyer and Shivam Dube.
“I do feel two crucial gaps must be addressed post-haste. The first priority will be to invest in a batsman who can bowl a few overs of medium pace, whether that be Venkatesh Iyer or Shivam Dube. This option doesn’t necessarily have to be a back-up to Hardik Pandya but a standalone choice because it will give the captain more flexibility in picking his 11,” Laxman said.
R Ashwin’s inclusion had a big part in the final games: VVS Laxman
Ravichandran Ashwin was dropped from the squad in the first two games, and later, he picked six wickets from three games to take his T20 World Cup tally to 26 scalps.
“R Ashwin’s inclusion had a big part to play in the latter because he naturally looks for wickets. Reunited with his old mate, Ravindra Jadeja too looked a bowler transformed as they hunted as a pack,” Laxman said.
India will be playing in a three-match T20I series against New Zealand starting on November 17 in Jaipur.