Washington Sundar’s addition as back-up to injured Axar Patel for the Asia Cup ultimate has an underlying message. The allrounder is forward of his Tamil Nadu spinner R. Ashwin in India’s World Cup scheme of issues.
The left-handed batter, whose off-spin prowess has come to the extra often, particularly in T20 cricket, joined the squad on Saturday afternoon because the group administration awaited Axar’s scan stories forward of Sunday’s ultimate towards Sri Lanka.
Washington’s addition can be in sync with the group administration’s insistence on bolstering lower-order batting. On the gradual turners in Sri Lanka, batting deep, particularly in a average run-chase, is paramount. It was highlighted throughout India’s loss towards Bangladesh on Friday.
In a protracted event just like the World Cup, batting on gradual turners has been a problem for India. It struggled in Bangladesh on the finish of 2022, then versus Australia in Chennai in March. On Friday at Khettarama, regardless of having rested key batters Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya.
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Shubman Gill, the centurion on Friday, admitted India has been engaged on this space. “It is not a concern. But it is definitely an area that we are trying to improve on. We had a camp in Bangalore before coming here, and we were practising on similar wickets,” stated Gill, whose 121 went in useless as India misplaced by six runs.
“We know the World Cup is such a long tournament as we go deeper into the tournament, the wicket tends to get slower. But yeah, it is not easy for batsmen who are coming in to rotate the strike and minimise those dot balls and that’s what as a batting unit and bowling group that we are looking to work on.”
Despite anchoring the chase along with his fourth ODI hundred in 2023, Gill failed to complete the sport off. The teenager acknowledged it as a studying.
“There is so much adrenaline when you are batting. Sometimes you miscalculate, it was a miscalculation on my part but when you go out there and see a lot of time is left, and if I would have batted a bit normally or not that aggressive then we should have got over the line,” he stated. “But these are the learnings, and fortunately this game wasn’t the final for us. So, these are the kind of learnings that I would like to take as a batsman.”
Gill added that successful the ultimate is extraordinarily vital for India to create “a winning habit” and begin “peaking at the right time” forward of the World Cup. “Winning here will give us a lot of momentum and confidence going into the World Cup,” he stated.