Wasim Jaffer: Former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer believes that one of Team India’s biggest challenges has already been limiting itself to a tiny talent pool from which to pick.
Because there was a lot of cutting and shifting in the team’s preparation for the T20 World Cup last year, their first-choice XI didn’t get much cricket overall.
Jaffer believes that having a limited selection of players to pick from will reduce uncertainty and allow each player to better grasp his function in relation to the larger picture.
Wasim Jaffer told ESPNCricinfo about testing with squad depth before India’s third One-Day International against Sri Lanka:
“I feel India seems to have more than 15-20 talents capable of competing in the World Cup. The primary issue emerges when they must select an XI from a pool of 20-25 individuals. So choosing from a smaller number of players to choose from is usually less intimidating.”
Team India needs consistency:
Despite India’s commanding 2-0 lead in the ODI series, Wasim Jaffer believes the hosts should not make any adjustments for the final ODI in Thiruvananthapuram.
With the ODI World Cup coming up later this year, the ex-cricketer believes it is critical for the team’s established core to play as many matches as possible collectively. He stated, “
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“I don’t believe they should implement any adjustments. This team requires consistency, particularly because it is a World Cup year. You need this group of players to play together in the remaining 15-18 ODIs.
You have Arshdeep, Ishan, and Washington as alternatives, but I haven’t seen any variability unless someone complains.”
Team India for Sri Lanka:
- Rohit Sharma (Captain)
- Shubman Gill
- Virat Kohli
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Shreyas Iyer
- KL Rahul (wk)
- Ishan Kishan (wk)
- Hardik Pandya (VC)
- Washington Sundar
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Axar Patel
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Mohd. Shami
- Mohd. Siraj
- Umran Malik
- Arshdeep Singh
Who is Wasim Jaffer:
Wasim Jaffer is a former professional cricketer from India. He batted right-handed and bowled right-arm off-breaks on occasion.
He has surpassed Amol Muzumdar as the top run-scorer in Ranji cricket. In November 2018, he was the first batsman in competitive history to achieve 11,000 runs.
With his 146th Ranji Trophy performance in January 2019, he surpassed Madhya Pradesh’s Devendra Bundela as the most featured player in Ranji Trophy history (145). He was the coach for the Bangladesh squad. He declared his departure from all sorts of cricket in March 2020.
Wasim was assigned as Kings XI Punjab’s batting coach. He was selected as head coach of the Uttarakhand cricket team. Jaffer was appointed head coach of the Odisha cricket team.
Jaffer has 5 hundred in his International career, two of which were double centuries. He has scored hundreds in Tests against Pakistan, England, the West Indies, and South Africa.