legendary India Opener Virender Sehwag advised the team management to make changes to their T20I setup to succeed in the upcoming T20 Globalism Glass. Sehwag, who played a pivotal role in India’s victory in the inaugural T20 WC in 2007, noted that there was nothing wrong with their thought process but that they had to make changes to the squad.
India suffered a crushing 10-wicket defeat against England in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022. The conservative approach of the Indian team came under the scanner as many top players including Ravichandran Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul failed to live up to. up to expectations. Rohit’s captain also came under the scanner as he was unable to make the right calls in stressful situations.
Sehwag said that the Men in Blue adopted the same approach in the 2007 T20 WC when senior players were dropped from the squad.
“Look, I don’t want changes in the thought process or anything but I would like changes in the squad. In the next World Cup, you’re not supposed to see some faces again.”
“In 2007 a similar pattern was adopted. Those who played many years ago did not go there (in South Africa). Young players went and there was no hope from them,” Sehwag said.
The veteran opener suggested that India has enough time to work for the upcoming T20 WC and should enter the 2024 tournament with a team for the future without the favourites.
“When India plays the next T20 World Cup, we don’t want anyone to have any hope that this team can win but that will be the team in the future. If you think about the future today, you can prepare the team by then. You have two years to check and there are some Top players whose performance is not up to par and may not play in the next World Cup.”
He also pointed out one major thing about the selection committee, and said there was still uncertainty that the current committee would last until the next T20 WC.
“It’s the selectors’ decision but the only problem is whether the same selectors will be there for the next World Cup (T20). If there are new selectors, there will be some different thinking. So the question is whether or not changes will happen. But in the World Cup Next up, if you go with the same players and mentality, the results will be the same.”