Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that a team needs to have at least six bowling options in the shortest format of the game. It is well known that one bowler can take the hammering in a T20I match if he has an off day. Thus, it is imperative to have a back up to complete 20 overs in an innings. Meanwhile, India has brought back their wrist spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the T20I squad for the series against West Indies.
Both of these players were dropped as the team management wanted to strengthen their lower-order batting. However, Kohli added that having the wrist spinners is always an advantage in the shortest format especially in the big ground of Australia, where the next T20 World Cup will take place.
Crucial to have the right balance in the side.
On the other hand, Kohli added having one wrist spinner and one finger spinner in their final XI will help them get the right balance in the side. Jadeja is in fine form and it is difficult to overlook him in the last XI.
Virat Kohli said in the pre-match press conference, “Having two wrist spinners is a big advantage when you are playing in Australia as they have big grounds. You need to have six bowling options in T20 cricket, I think that is the balance we need to create, there can be an opportunity to play two wrist spinners, but we need to find a way to work around that. Jadeja is in his best phase as an all-rounder, we are happy with how our options are placed. T20 cricket is all about being flexible”.
Consequently, it is expected that India will play with four bowlers and they will have all-rounders, Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja in their playing XI. India had whitewashed the West Indies when both of these teams had played in the three-match T20I series in August. Thus, India will look to repeat their domination against the Windies.
Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also back in the side after recuperating from an injury. Kumar will look to hit the ground running in the series. The first T20I will take place at Hyderabad on 6th December.