A mentor can only help so much, because the players will have to go there and do the “real work”, said the great Sunil Gavaskar on the appointment of Mahendra Singh Dhoni As a mentor in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup.
India will play Pakistan in Super 12 on Sunday and Gavaskar feels that in this format Virat KohliThe team cannot be called a clear favourite.
Gavaskar told Aaj Tak, ‘Mentor can’t do much. “Yes, he can help you dress up as a fast-paced game in the change room and, if necessary, help you switch tactics.” “Maybe talking to the batsmen and bowlers during the time-out, so the move to appoint Dhoni is a good one, but Dhoni will be in the change room and its players will have to do the actual work in between. How they handle the pressure will determine what the outcome will be,” Gavaskar said during the event.
Gavaskar believes that the decision to step down from the captaincy in the T20 format will reduce the pressure on Kohli now.
“When you become a captain, you cannot just think about yourself, he has to talk to a batsman who is going through a bad phase or discuss strategies with a bowler.
“Amidst all this, the person neglects his own form. When you don’t have that pressure you can focus on your game. I think it will be good for Virat that after the T20 World Cup. After that they do not need to think about the responsibilities.
“So he can focus on his game and score as many runs as possible,” he added.
One of the most respected voices in world cricket, Gavaskar also pointed out that India’s failure to win knock-out games in global tournaments is mainly due to faulty team selection.
“India’s problem in big matches has been the team combination. Had he been selected in the playing XI in the knockout games, he would have had less problems. Sometimes, your thought process is different,” he said.
“In knock-outs and finals, you have to bat first, put runs on the board, whatever you put in, it can be 140, the other team has to score and it’s not always easy to score seven runs per over in international cricket. is,” he explained.
“So while we haven’t batted before, chasing, if you lose a wicket or two, you consolidate and then getting caught becomes a problem and they (Indian batsmen) have been found to be weak. “
In T20 cricket, Gavaskar has found one flaw in the Indian batting and that is to lose the momentum between 7 and 12 overs.
“India’s batting weakness has been in the later overs of the powerplay, between 7 and 12. After 7 overs, we start struggling. It would be great if we can bat well and score 40 runs in those four to five overs.
But Gavaskar insisted that India would not start as favourites.
He said, ‘It is not difficult to beat any team in T20 cricket. Yes, in Tests you can say whether you have that kind of depth in batting or bowling. But no team is favorite in T20 and the team which makes fewer mistakes will win.
Gavaskar had one piece of advice for the teams.
“Just giving it your all on time may not be enough. Along with working hard, you also have to use your brain.”