Stephen Fleming suggested that India should first define their playing style for the T20 World Cup and then select players who fit that strategy.

Former New Zealand captain and IPL-winning coach Stephen Fleming stressed the importance of India defining their playing style for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the USA. With India’s prolonged wait for an ICC trophy, there’s growing scrutiny on the team’s approach, particularly as senior players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli continue to feature amidst calls for younger talents.

Fleming highlighted the necessity for India to identify a winning strategy tailored for away conditions and build their squad accordingly, rather than solely focusing on individual player selection. His insights come amidst discussions about players like CSK’s Shivam Dube potentially making the cut for the World Cup squad.

“The thing for me is, what type of game plan do they want to play during the World Cup? What have they identified as the right style of play for India in an away condition?,” Fleming said.

“Then put players into that rather than just picking players and trying to find a game plan. I would be looking at the style of play that I would want, and then pick the players that are in-form and can perform the role that will best win that design,” he added.

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Fleming also praised Shivam Dube’s power-hitting prowess, advocating for his inclusion in India’s T20 World Cup squad. Recognizing Dube’s evolution, the CSK coach highlighted his ability to face various bowlers and adapt to rule changes in the IPL. He further lauded Dube’s consistency and effectiveness, considering him a valuable asset, capable of making significant contributions during crucial middle overs in T20 matches.

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Last Updated on April 14, 2024

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