For Virat Kohli, pacers’ spots almost sealed for T20 World Cup – Times of India

HYDERABAD: With a little over 10 months to go for the T20 Worlds in Australia, India have begun number crunching like any other team.

The T20I squad to do battle against Windies in the three-match series beginning here on Friday features three quicks — Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and four spinners. Jasprit Bumrah is in rehab and it’ll be good headache for the team management to pick from the current set of options.

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“It’s not an issue (selection) for us. Bhuvi and Bumrah are experienced bowlers. They’ve been very consistent in T20I cricket. Deepak’s come in and bowled really well. Shami is bowling really really well and will be very useful in Australia, especially with his ability to pick wickets with the new ball. A couple more guys are in the scanner for sealing that spot along with three seamers and the fight honestly is for one spot,” Kohli added.

Kohli made light of team rankings in T20Is — India are ranked No.5 — and said with with a lot of experimentation happening upfront, the team’s recent performances were not a reflection of its potential.
“I don’t think we’ve been very good while batting first in T20I cricket and defending low totals. Those are two things that we need to focus on. Having said that, T20I is a format where you experiment a lot more than in ODI or Test cricket,” Kohli said.



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