The cricketer-turned-commentator Deep Dasgupta has a piece of advice for Indian batsmen in a bid to deliver better in English conditions when India will take on New Zealand in the much-awaited WTC Final kick-starting on June 18.
Former India player Deep Dasgupta has taken a rather different route and has given a detailed plan to India’s batters to tackle the seam and swing conditions and also New Zealand’s pace bowling attack, while many experts and critics have picked their playing XI for the WTC Final or talked about the favourites between the two teams India and New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).
Deep Dasgupta: Indian Batsmen Need To Keep Clarity Of Thought In Mind First
India’s struggles when facing the swinging ball are well documented and the Indian team also struggled to come to terms with it during their sole series loss in the WTC cycle against New Zealand in 2020. Many experts in the cricket fraternity fear that the possibility of it repeating will be higher considering the England conditions, which generally assist fast bowlers.
“The first thing Indian batsmen need to keep in mind is their clarity of thought. People advise you to play your natural game, and I completely agree with that. Your natural game provides a basic structure to your game. Rohit Sharma’s most productive shot is his cut or pulls off the back foot. That doesn’t mean you need to hit every ball if attacking is your natural game,” Dasgupta explained.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, the cricketer-turned-commentator advised how to approach these conditions when the marquee clash begins on June 18. New Zealand is the only team to beat India in the WTC. The Kiwi pace attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner has time and again displayed its ability to extract any purchase from the pitch and would be raring to do the same at Southampton.
Deep Dasgupta: Rohit Sharma Has Tried To Stay Away From Driving The Ball
The former India wicketkeeper-batter also discussed how Rohit Sharma approaches his batting even before the ball is bowled. Generally, Rohit Sharma is known to play pulls and cuts pretty efficiently but prefers staying away from the drives early in his innings.
Deep Dasgupta feels clarity of thought process is essential while tackling bowlers in the seam and swing-friendly conditions. Rohit Sharma has amassed 1030 runs in 11 Tests averaging 64.37 in the WTC cycle of 2019-21.
“Rohit Sharma has consciously tried to stay away from driving the ball. He depends on the pull and cut shots. If you get a short-pitched ball, you have to go for it because you have to score runs at the end of the day.
But if you aren’t getting the ball in your slot, you have to be very clear in your thought process and game plan that you will not play a shot. If a drive is not part of your game plan, unless it is a half volley or full toss, stick with it. That clarity of thought is very important,” Deep Dasgupta continued.
Apart from the game plan, Deep Dasgupta further mentioned defence and respecting the conditions as his three major points for the Indian batters to tackle the England conditions. Deep Dasgupta believes Ishant Sharma, who picked up three wickets in the intra-squad game, must get a nod ahead of Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj because of his experience.
Ishant Sharma(3/36) shone with the ball in the ongoing intra-squad practice match in Southampton before the WTC final. Openers Shubman Gill (85 off 135 balls) and Rishabh Pant (121* off 94 balls) shone with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 54 off 76 balls in India’s intra-squad practice match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Deep Dasgupta’s playing XI for WTC final:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah