Rohit Sharma has stressed the importance of creating strength on the bench saying that the likes of Mohammed Shami and Jasosystem Bumrah will not be with the Indian team forever.
Sharma has said that generating bench power is a key goal of team management (Courtesy: PTI)
- Rohit Sharma says bench strength will be key for India
- Captain India wants to form a team where everyone contributes
- Sharma feels players like Shahbaz and Tripathi will get good exposure in the Zimbabwe series
India captain Rohit Sharma has said that creating strength for the bench is one of the main goals of the team’s leadership by pointing out that the likes of Jasearch Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will not with the team at all times.
The preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup are in full swing with India offering plenty of opportunities for young stars on the international stage with the likes of Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and others being promoted. probation in England and the West Indies.
Speaking to Indian express, quoted by NDTV.com, Sharma said that players like Shami and Bumrah will not be with the team forever and the aim will be to create the right redundancies for such players.
The India captain also said that he doesn’t want the team to rely on just one or two individuals and wants to create a team where everyone can contribute.
“(The culprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami and all these guys won’t be with the India team forever, so you have to try and prepare the others. Myself and Rahul (Dravid) bhai talked about how we’re going to create bench power because that’s going to be important considering the amount of cricket we play, considering the injury factors and everything.”
“We never wanted to be a team that was dependent on one or two individuals, we wanted to be a team where everyone could contribute and help the team win. We wanted to be a team like that. So and that’s why we wanted Sharma to say, give young players as many opportunities as possible and of course, you have high-level players around them who can be of great help.
Sharma also says that players like Rahul Tripathi and Shahbaz Ahmed are getting good exposure to teams like Zimbabwe and believes they will take chances with both hands.
“The boys are being exposed and our goal is to power the bench, so that’s why in Zimbabwe there are so many players going on tour for the first time – maybe is Shahbaz Ahmed, Rahul Tripathi – and it was a good exposure. They are really talented and will take the opportunity. It’s about confidence at this stage, I’m sure they will learn. Play for the country is the most important thing,” Sharma said.
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