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A while again, Australia head coach Justin Langer had famously scoffed on the prospect of fielding two separate worldwide groups in two completely different international locations, with this sardonic comment: “We’re one nation, aren’t we? We’re not two international locations. And we’re one sport.” However not everyone seems to be subscribing to Langer’s views. Given the pandemic and the stringent bio-bubble norms, the one-country-two cricket group thought, that has historic antecedent and even modern-day acceptance, would possibly as soon as once more be in-vogue.
Miles away from Durham the place the Virat Kohli-led Take a look at group is camped, Shikhar Dhawan on Sunday will stroll out for the Colombo ODI. This would be the first time in 23 years that India can be fielding two groups concurrently in worldwide cricket. And curiously each Indian groups begin as favourites.
This transfer showcases the staggering reservoir of expertise at India’s disposal, one thing that Australia had tried to inculcate into their system throughout their pomp within the Nineteen Nineties and early aughts, however was met with criticism.
“This concept of assembling a second Indian group is fascinating. What India are attempting to do right now, Australia did this years in the past, however they weren’t in a position to achieve success in it. India seems to be pulling it off,” former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq mentioned on his YouTube channel, Inzamam ul Haq – The Match Winner.
Testimony to India’s bench power
India’s current Take a look at triumph in opposition to Australia was orchestrated by an inexperienced substitute group after skipper Virat Kohli was on paternity go away, and a number of different influential gamers have been injured. The same narrative performed out within the just-concluded Take a look at sequence in opposition to England. Axar Patel had proved to be a like-for-like substitute for the confirmed match-winner Ravindra Jadeja.
Former nationwide selector MSK Prasad offers credit score to the ecosystem surrounding the IPL and the surfeit of India A excursions for forking out gifted gamers like Suryakumar Yadav, Nitish Rana, and Chetan Sakariya.
“There have been quite a few India A excursions throughout my tenure as a selector. The senior group administration, together with the nationwide selectors and India A head workers would sit down and determine fringe gamers and hand them alternatives for the graceful transition to happen. It’s a means of over 5 years that’s bearing dividends,” Prasad advised The Indian Express.
England are one other group with the requisite bench power to subject completely different groups for various codecs. Final week, a second-string England group boasting 9 uncapped gamers trounced Pakistan 3-0 within the ODI sequence. Lancashire pacer Saqib Mahmood responded to his ‘out of the blue inclusion’ with 4-42 within the opening fixture at Cardiff.
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September 1998. India was scheduled to take part on the Commonwealth Video games in Malaysia, a showpiece occasion that was overlapping with the big-ticket five-match ODI sequence in opposition to Pakistan in Toronto. BCCI assembled two squads — one led by Ajay Jadeja that bowed out of CWG with only one win, whereas the opposite led by incumbent captain Mohammed Azharuddin have been skittled away 4-1. Whereas India’s two-team experiment was necessitated as a result of a uncommon overlapping of two main sequence, England had tried one thing comparable again in 1929-30, for an altogether completely different motive — to unfold the sport to areas as numerous because the Caribbean and New Zealand.
Famous statistician Tushar Trivedi offers extra particulars. “Freddie Calthorpe captained England to their first tour of the West Indies, whereas one other group below the management of Harold Gilligan set sail to Auckland. Whereas the duel in opposition to West Indies in Georgetown led to a stalemate, New Zealand obtained the higher of Gilligan’s group,” he says.
Stepping stone for fringe gamers
The limited-overs sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka will hand uncapped gamers the platform to cinch their spots for the T20 World Cup in October. “Hopefully, folks will get the chance to place in some actually good performances within the course of and provides themselves the perfect probability of knocking on the selectors’ doorways,” head coach Rahul Dravid mentioned throughout a digital press convention. Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, Ok. Gowtham and Chetan Sakariya are the 5 uncapped gamers to obtain a call-up for this sequence primarily based on the performances of the final two editions of the IPL. “This tour is essential for kids like Prithvi Shaw, Padikkal and Gaikwad. They’d be eager to do effectively and set a marker for the selectors. Whether or not they get picked for the World Cup or not, that’s a name the selectors would take primarily based on their plans,” Dravid elaborated.
Is 2-team technique the way in which ahead?
Forward of the group’s departure to England, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri insisted that two squads travelling to completely different locations on the identical time might turn into a norm on the earth of bio-bubbles and the pandemic. “Taking part in with two squads in numerous areas commonly is a chance in the long term,” Shastri mentioned. Such a transfer is sensible as it should give the all-format gamers like Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami the much-needed time away from the sport whereas serving to of their workload administration.
Having two groups additionally bolsters BCCI’s makes an attempt at shoring up revenues throughout these grim occasions. In addition to, staging a bilateral sequence in opposition to India is at all times a profitable possibility for different boards.