With the Indian team planning to groom the youngsters for the upcoming World T20 in Australia, newly-appointed batting coach Vikram Rathour has made it clear that the youngsters need to understand the fine line between fearless and careless cricket. India captain Virat Kohli had also said recently that the younger players will have to use the most of the few chances they are getting.
"At times, we over emphasise on technique. It is more about the mindset at this level, getting your gameplan right. As far as Rishabh is concerned, he is a phenomenal player, he just needs to sort out his gameplan, needs to bring in a little bit of discipline in his cricket," said Rathour before the 2nd T20I in Mohali.
"All the young players need to understand that there is a fine line between fearless cricket and careless cricket. What the team management is asking from them is fearless cricket, having clear gameplans and playing with intent but at the same time, you can't be careless. I am sure they are smart enough to understand that," he again added.
Rathour supported the Indian captain’s thoughts and said that at the highest level one will get limited chances and it is important to use them properly.
"They (Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri) have said five matches but it is not going to be a specific number. What they meant was that you need to grab your opportunities when you get them. They (youngsters) have played so much of cricket. They have come though after doing so well. I don't think it is a massive issue. The team will be backing them fully," he expressed.
Rathour pointed out Rishabh Pant as an example, stating that he needs to be more careful with his shot selection in the future, saying, "We want him to play all his shots. That is what makes him special, he is an impact player but at the same time you can't be careless."
"Those two are very fine cricketers who have done really well in domestic cricket. Shreyas has got a good start (in ODIs against the West Indies). Manish has done well in the past and made a comeback after performing consistently in domestic cricket. I am confident they will come good, they just need to be more consistent," the newly-appointed batting coach shared.
However, the team management is looking to give depth in their batting. That’s why they have included the bowling all-rounders like Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar in the squad.
"We are fortunate to have so many all-rounders in this T20 team. Most of them can bat. In the past, we did not take T20s seriously but now we are preparing for the World Cup. These 20-21 games are very important. By batting deep, we can go harder in the beginning and we will be trying different things in the coming series and see what works for us," he said.
While talking about his new role with the national team, he added, "Extreme early days. I was laughing that my debut game was washed out at home (in Dharamshala). This (Punjab) is also home. I have been part of the system as a national selector from 2012 to 2016. I have seen and worked with most of them. Of course, this a different job. Coaching is something I really enjoy. I till take me some time to get used to it."
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