Rohit Sharma Explains 4-Spinner Strategy for T20 World Cup

Analyze the reasons behind Rohit Sharma’s selection of four spinners for the Indian team for the T20 World Cup. Find out the technical reason behid it.

The rationale behind the national selection committee opting for four spinners in the 15-player Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the United States and Caribbean was at the explicit behest of skipper Rohit Sharma.

Included in the Indian squad are two left-hand orthodox spinners, namely Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, alongside a left-arm wrist spinner, Kuldeep Yadav. Yuzvendra Chahal, a leg-spinner, completes the quartet. The decision to include four spinners for an event to be held in regions known for pitches more conducive to pace left many pundits perplexed. Conversely, the Indian contingent comprises merely three pacers — Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammed Siraj, with the likelihood of Hardik Pandya serving as the fourth pacer.

Also Read: T20 Records: Bowlers with Most Wickets in T20 World Cup

However, Rohit Sharma elucidated on Thursday that there exists a precise technical rationale behind his preference for four spinners in the squad, promising to disclose his reasoning closer to the tournament.

Also Read: T20 Records: Bowlers with Most Wickets in T20 World Cup

“We deliberated extensively on whether to incorporate an off-spinner in the squad, ultimately opting for two left-arm spinners, particularly with Ashwin not featuring in this format. We gave careful consideration to Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin,” Agarkar remarked. Rohit cited Axar Patel’s commendable performances in this format and his proficiency with the bat, juxtaposed with Ashwin’s limited exposure in the format, as factors influencing their decision not to include an off-spinner in the squad.

Also Read: Batters with Highest Individual Score in T20 World Cup

“Hopefully, the captain can contribute with his bowling as well,” Agarkar added.

Addressing the selection of Hardik Pandya despite a patchy run of form in the ongoing IPL, Agarkar stated that they found no superior alternatives. He asserted that Pandya’s form did not pose a concern, highlighting his consistent appearances for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2024 following a hiatus. Agarkar emphasized that fitness constituted the primary consideration in the evaluation of Pandya and Rishabh Pant, not form.

Pant has made a commendable resurgence in the IPL following a prolonged absence due to a life-threatening accident in December 2022.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More