Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: Gavaskar

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 11:04 IST India lost the first T20 to New Zealand in Wellington (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia suffered a crushing 80-run defeat vs New Zealand in the first T20I in WellingtonSunil Gavaskar said he would not be “too disappointed” even if India lost the T20 series”It’s important that chances are given to players like Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya,” Gavaskar saidFormer India skipper Sunil Gavaskar said he would not be “too disappointed” even if India lost the ongoing Twenty20 International series in New Zealand as the focus of the team was on World Cup. India suffered a crushing 80-run defeat in the first game of the three-match series in Wellington on Wednesday.”India need a mix of both [experiment for the World Cup and focus on winning series in New Zealand]. The World Cup is just a few months away. To arrive on a final squad, there needs to be a few experiments. In this T20I series, you could get an idea of who the team can look at [for the World Cup]. The likes of Vijay Shankar can be observed. Even in T20Is, you can figure out if the players will be suited for the 50-over format or not,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.Gavaskar also said India can experiment with their playing XIs and try out different combinations in the T20 series in New Zealand to get an idea how the players handle pressure.”Yes, you need to win matches in New Zealand. But the T20 World Cup is far away, it’s in October 2020. I won’t be very disappointed even if India lose this T20I series. If the performances are good, then there’s no problem. The team is right now focused on the World Cup. Thus it’s important that chances are given to players like Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya. The way they handle pressure here will give the team an idea of whether they are ready for the World Cup or not,” Gavaskar said.advertisementGavaskar also backed the idea of using Virat Kohli at No.4 during the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. He said an important player like Kohli needed protection in swing-friendly conditions.”There needs to be flexibility. More the flexibility in the batting line-up, more beneficial to the team. Let’s look at what happened in the Champions Trophy final. Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Mohammed Aamir early. When Virat Kohli came out to bat, the ball was swinging quite a bit. Pakistan were pumped up after having put 300 on the board,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak on Wednesday.The second T20 between India and New Zealand will be played on February 8 in Auckland.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik could be India’s 3rd opener in World Cup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant’s failure in Wellington: Anybody can fail in one matchAlso Read | Mohammed Shami key to India’s chances at the World Cup: Karsan GhavriAlso Read | Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Sunil Gavaskar Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarIndia vs New Zealand: Sunil Gavaskar said India can experiment with their playing XIs and try out different combinations in the ongoing Twenty20 International series in New Zealand to get an idea how the players handle pressure.advertisementlast_img

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