Battle coach Vikram Rathour reveals why India failed to defend its goals

Defending goals in T20 Internationals was a gray area for the Indian team, but batting coach Vikram Rathour surprisingly cited “dew” as a factor that was not the case when the team played in the recently concluded Asia Cup. Since the Asian Cup Super 4s, India has played six T20Is, winning three and losing three. However, all three defeats – against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia – have come while defending goals. Contrary to Rathour’s claim, none of the Indian team members, who spoke to the media after defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, blamed the dew factor that made defending difficult.

“We’re working on that area to get better at defending goals. But to be fair to our bowlers, toss plays a vital role and any time we’ve been unable to defend it’s where there’s dew.” so it will be easier to hunt,” Rathour told South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday on the eve of the first T20I.

While Rathour may have been referring to the game against Australia in Mohali, where India couldn’t protect a 200-plus target, he had sympathy for the bowlers despite the kind of criticism they’ve been receiving lately.

“I won’t be hard on bowlers because they’ve been able to push the game to the last every time we’re looking to defend. It’s a ball here and there, but of course we’re doing pretty well, but hopefully we will to do that.” get better,” said the former India Test opener.

The batting coach also disagreed that India is not setting enough goals when asked to bat first.

When asked whether the batters in the middle decide on a possible target, the coach replied: “It certainly depends on the surface we play on, but if you say we didn’t get good scores, I don’t know. agree.

“I think batting first was one of the concerns at the last T20 World Cup, but since then we’ve put up par or par plus scores every time we batted first. So I don’t think that’s a problem.”

Bowlers know their plans

The batting coach also said that the team management never tries to coach people who play international cricket but rather encourages them to support their strengths.

Someone like Arshdeep Singh is always told to follow his own plans.

“At this level, we don’t tell them anything. Arsh (Arshdeep Singh) has done extremely well in IPL in death overs, so we just support them to follow plans. They know where to pitch to each batter and follow their plans” , he said.

“We expect them (bowling unit) to support their strengths. There are no specific areas I want Arshdeep to improve on and he has the calmness to handle pressure in difficult circumstances.”

Shift in battle philosophy

The Indian top three of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had been given a lot of flak for their outdated approach in the T20Is, but Rathour is happy with the change of mindset since the last ICC tournament.

“There’s a very visible shift in the way we bat. The approach has changed, we’re trying to be more aggressive, we’re playing with better hitting speeds and more intention, that’s pretty obvious. As a batting unit, we’ve done well.”

Adapting to Australian conditions is a challenge

While giving the first team starters in the T20 World Cup optimal playing time is a priority, the other challenge will be adapting to the Australian conditions.

“Adapting to the Australian conditions will be the biggest challenge we have. We want to give as many opportunities as possible to those playing in the World Cup, but how that will happen will depend on the game situation.”

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