Asia Cup 2022: India must continue with their aggressive batting approach, says Ravi Shastri

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Asia Cup 2022: India must continue with their aggressive batting approach, says Ravi Shastri
Asia Cup 2022: India must continue with their aggressive batting approach, says Ravi Shastri

Asia Cup 2022: India must continue with their aggressive batting approach, says Ravi Shastri

Asia Cup 2022: Ravi Shastri on Tuesday said that India must keep up their ferociously aggressive batting approach in the shortest format after previously being a little “timid.”

India’s early exit from the T20 World Cup last year was a result of their cautious approach at the beginning of the innings. The competition served as Shastri’s final task as head coach of India.

“They should not change the approach (they have shown of late). Even when I was coach we discussed we were a bit timid at the top considering the players we had down the order.

“It is the right approach. You will lose a few games in between but if you start winning with this approach you can take that confidence in big games and use the same tactics,” said Shastri in a press conference organised by Star Sports.

KL Rahul returns from an injury layoff, and Virat Kohli, who was rested for the West Indies series, will be back in the starting lineup.

Can the younger players’ replacements, the two veteran batters, exhibit the same level of ferocity?

“Why not? They are very experienced players,” said Shastri.

“They have played enough IPL and T20s and it should not be tough for them to adjust. With Rishabh, Hardik, Jadeja there is enough depth in the middle and lower order to get the innings back on track if top order falls cheaply.”

Asia Cup 2022: India must continue with their aggressive batting approach, says Ravi Shastri
Asia Cup 2022: India must continue with their aggressive batting approach, says Ravi Shastri
‘Hardik and Bumrah’s workload needs to be observed carefully’

The all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s return has given the Indian starting eleven the much-needed balance.

“He is one of the most important cogs in India’s wheel. You take him out, the balance goes awry. We missed him last year at the World Cup where he could not bowl. No one is close to the quality that he possesses,” Shastri said.

“He has to be watched very closely. With the games coming up (before the T20 World cup), Bumrah and Hardik need to be observed very carefully to ensure there is no breakdown. They are your two important players.”

Shastri also backed Kohli to end his lean run in Asia Cup.

“I haven’t spoken to him (recently). It is not rocket science. Mental fatigue can creep into the best in the world. This down time not just needed for his body but to reflect,” the 60-year-old said.

“He will come back with a much calmer mind. He gets 50 in the first game, mouths will shut. Public memory is very short and works both ways.

“There is no cricketer fitter than him. People keep saying one innings can make a difference but with a player like Kohli it makes a massive difference. His hunger and passion remains undiminished. He would have learnt from this phase let me tell you that,” he said.

Shastri continued by saying that the toss advantage should eliminated. Even at the World Cup in the UAE last year, where most countries chose to bat second in the morning dew, the toss played a significant influence.

“90 percent of the games won by teams who won the toss. You must start when there is dew in both the innings. 6 pm start makes the start extremely important (with the fielding team not experiencing dew). If you have to make sure that both sides get to face same amount of dew.”

Pakistan great Wasim Akram was also part in the media discussion before the Asia Cup.

“It gets boring that way. Something should done about the dew factor but I doubt if anything can done,” said Akram.