Ravi Shastri, former India head coach, has proposed three left-handed batters to help India’s middle order. He believes that adding two more left-handed batters, along with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, will help India’s batting order and the value of southpaws. Shastri praised young players Tilak Varma and Yashasvi Jaiswal and emphasized the role of selectors in identifying hot players. Shastri also discussed Shikhar Dhawan and how the squad overlooked the veteran during the 2019 World Cup run. He also mentioned that Ishan Kishan will be part of the batting order for the Asia Cup in 2023.
In India’s ODI middle order, Ravi Shastri prefers three left-handers
In an interview particularly about Star Sports Selection Day, Ravi Shastri stated that “there are a pair of places among the top seven where it seems two left-handers possess an opportunity of getting in.”
Left-handed batters are an invaluable component
For any cricket team, left-handed batters are a priceless resource. Their inclusion in the batting order can thwart the opponents’ plans and present a massive challenge to bowlers.
Ravi Shastri proposes three left-handed batters
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri discussed how India might include two more left-handed batters in addition to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, with a particular emphasis on the Indian batting order and the value of southpaws. Shastri believes three left-handed batters in the top seven positions will help India’s middle order.
Talking specifically on Star Sports Selection Day, he said, “There are a couple of spots among the top seven where I believe two left-handers have a chance of getting in.”
Ravi Shastri’s statement
He lauded young players Tilak Varma and Yashasvi Jaiswal & emphasized the function of selectors, saying, “The layout is the point where a selector’s duties arrive since they are observing, and they realize who is the hot guy. Bring in Tilak Varma if he looks good. Place in Jaiswal if he’s hot.”
He added, ” But if you’ve been sticking with Ishan Kishan for the past 6–8 months, and he’s going to keep wickets, then he comes in regardless. But even with Jaddu, there must be three left-handers in the top seven instead of just two.”
Regarding Shikhar Dhawan, Ravi Shastri also spoke
In addition, he discussed what effect Shikhar Dhawan carried on the group and how the squad overlooked the veteran during the 2019 World Cup run. Ishan Kishan will also be part of the batting order for the Asia Cup in 2023.
He said, “I was coach at that point, and I continue to assert that others neglect to give Shikhar Dhawan the recognition he deserves,” when speaking of India’s victory four years ago.
“I mean, that player was incredible. You brought up the World Cup in 2019—when we had a fantastic World Cup but lost that semifinal—and how he was the absent player. Knowing where to bowl and bowling consistently became much easier for teams when there was a left-hander at the top of the order rather than three right-handers with the ball swaying away,” he said.