ADELAIDE: India’s T20 squad will undergo a major transition over the next 24 months as senior players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin will be phased out, BCCI sources said on Thursday.
While it looks like Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik have played their last matches in the shorter format, BCCI will leave it up to Kohli and Rohit to decide their T20I futures.
After the team’s humiliating defeat in T20 World Cup semi-final, a visibly upset Rohit was consoled by head coach Rahul Dravid, who presented to the media after the game.
The next T20 World Cup is still two years away and if those familiar with the developments are to be believed, there will be a whole new squad in place with Hardik Pandya as the long-term captain choice.
“BCCI never asks anyone to retire. It’s an individual decision. But yes, with only a handful of T20Is scheduled for 2023, most seniors will focus on ODIs and Test matches over the course of this cycle,” a BCCI source told PTI. conditions of anonymity.
“You don’t have to announce your retirement if you don’t want to. You won’t see most seniors playing T20 next year,” the source added.
However, Dravid said it was too early to talk about transition when PTI asked him about the future of senior players like Kohli and Rohit.
“It’s too early to talk about it right after a semi-final game. These guys were great players for us. Like you said, we have a few years to think about it,” Dravid said.
While some of the players have been great contemporaries of the game, Dravid doesn’t want anyone to hastily write them off.
“There are very good quality players here, so it’s definitely not the right time to talk about or think about this stuff right now.
“We will have enough games, enough games as we go forward, and India will try to build and prepare for the next World Cup,” added the head coach.
It is understood that for the next year the T20Is will take a back seat as India play at least 25 ODIs, entering next year’s 50 plus World Cup on home soil.
A look at India’s FTP schedule shows that until the 50+ World Cup, the team will only play 12 T20Is in the form of bilateral events (home and away ), starting with three games in New Zealand next week.
With Shubman Gill included in the squad and Rishabh Pant (Vice Tour Captain) also a keen fly-half, Powerplay batting grammar could change.
Not to mention a phenomenally talented Prithvi Shaw, who was repeatedly overlooked during Dravid’s stint as coach.
Rohit and Kohli are huge names and the BCCI will probably leave it up to them to decide how to chart the course for the next phase of their careers.
Rohit is now 35 and two years from now at the age of 37, he is not expected to lead a T20I team in a global encounter.
In the case of Karthik’s role as designated finisher, it was a short-term arrangement with the T20 World Cup in mind.
As for Ashwin, there was no perception of a serious threat on the minds of opposing hitters the entire tournament. Three of his six wickets in six games came in the game against Zimbabwe and an 8.15 save rate was nothing out of the ordinary.
Washington Sundar, who before his plethora of injuries had cemented his place, will now get a longer rope.
The only tricky call will be on KL Rahul, whose strike rate of 120.75 was a reflection of all that was wrong with the Indian team.
He is the only opener among the top teams, who played two opening overs and failed to get into the double digits against any top side (4 v Pakistan, 9 v SA, 9 v AS). England) in big games.
Rahul has failed to change his game despite much criticism and his non-performance has been so egregious that it will be hard to ignore when the selectors meet to choose a team for a T20 series against Sri Lanka.
End of Upton’s contract
Mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton’s contract with the Indian team has come to an end with the conclusion of India’s T20 World Cup campaign.
Upton’s second stint with the Indian team did not yield the desired results as the team won the Asian Cup and the T20 World Cup.



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