Hardik Pandya
During the T20I series against England, Hardik Pandya celebrates a wicket.

Rashid Latif, a former Pakistan captain, is not enthused by India’s limited-overs team rotation policy.

The Indian cricket team beat England 2-1 in the T20I series thanks to some excellent batting and bowling. Suryakumar Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar both stood out. Additionally, the Rohit Sharma-led team continues to experiment ahead of the T20 World Cup in 2022. One of the options considered was opening with Rishabh Pant, while another was rotating the XI three or four times. Even though they haven’t won an ICC title since 2013, the side is still trying to identify the best lineup for the T20 World Cup in 2019.

Rashid Latif, a former Pakistan captain, was underwhelmed by the amount of experimenting.

“Rishabh Pant is a threatening batsman even if he is batting in the middle order. The Powerplay is open to everyone. There are nine openers in the top ten hitters. Match neeche se Hota hai (Game happens in lower middle order). To put it another way, Shreyas Iyer’s lower-order 28 is significantly superior to his top-order 30 “Latif made this statement during a conversation on the Caught Behind YouTube channel.

“I found India’s tactical shifts to be excessive. Given their current form, they should have won by a score of 3-0. Keep your grip on the story when you acquire it, and never let it get away. In Australia, that is a reality.”

In response to a different query on India’s erratic XI lineup, Latif stated: “This is a team effort, and it’s going to take a lot of effort. Putting a player above Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul does not happen that way. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli form the basis of a squad. A player’s form may be off for a while. As soon as these players aren’t up to snuff, you delegate responsibilities to others. Now, no one is accepting responsibility for anything. Kohli or Rohit will bear the brunt of the blame if the team loses.”

Next up for India are three one-day internationals against England, followed by two one-day internationals versus West Indies.

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