The interim head coach Sanjay Bangar said that it will an ideal chance for young Indian players to prove their mettle in international cricket against Zimbabwe. India will play 3 ODI and 3 T20 matches starting from 11th June. Bangar was named the coach for the team last month.
“I am very excited and I would like to thank the BCCI for this huge honour. This is a very important tour for the young players. It provides them an ideal opportunity to test themselves in international waters. It is the start of a new season and it gives them an opportunity to make a mark and keep knocking at the doors of the Indian team,” Bangar was quoted as saying by ‘bcci.tv’.
India last toured Zimbabwe in 2013 and 2015, both times they had whitewashed hosts. India will be going into the series with a lot of young players. The team will be lead by experienced captain MS Dhoni.
“Among the few things that are important when we land in Zimbabwe is being aware of the individual strengths, the position that they play in, what we expect from them and then fit them in the scheme of things as far as the team composition is concerned,” Bangar said.
“We have a fair idea of what they are capable of and how we can optimise their strengths into the composition of the team. Not many of them would have played in Zimbabwe and getting used to the conditions in such a short period would be a major challenge.
“The conditions too are a bit challenging as compared to the other parts of the world. We don’t really have a lot of time there and we play our (first) match straightaway. Passing on the information and experiences that we have had from the previous tour would be vital. We have to make sure that the players are very well prepared and equipped to counter the challenges.”
KL Rahul, Chahal, Karun Nair, Faiz Faizal, Jayant Yadav, are all going to make their international debuts in Zimbabwe . It is going to be a challenge for these youngsters and hope that these youngsters can perform well.