"Why didn't India hire AB de Villiers as mentor?"- Ex-IND pacer's big remark after India's horrible WC exit
India struggled in the first 10 overs of their batting as they were not able to make enough runs, which cost them in the end. The approaches of the both Indian openers have been totally different from what it should be in T20 cricket, and that's how England batted.
However, after the loss, suggestions from many former Indian cricketers and cricket pundits poured all over social media. One such piece of advice came from the former Indian cricketer Atul Wasan, who said that India should look for a T20 specialist to perform well in the format.
In a discussion with a news agency, PTI, Wassan said that India needs a specialised coaching staff that can guide them in a shorter format. He said that India should have the same format for T20I and Test matches, so they should hire some specialists for T20I.
Wassan said, "You hire the best for T20 format. Why didn't we hire AB de Villers for the T20 World Cup as a mentor? He could have guided the team better. He can tell the players a bit about manufacturing the shots."
The former cricketer pointed out that the T20 format demands youngster who can play freely, but India are dependent on their big names more often than not. He also highlighted that the 2007 squad was full of youngsters, who played freely and won the T20 World Cup.
However, Wassan also questioned the theory of picking players after they perform in the Indian Premier League. He said that picking players after the IPL has totally backfired, and these players can't perform in pressure situations like the big events.
Wassan also pointed out that in the current team, India has five former captains and eight players who have represented India in test cricket, so why should India find a complete new set of players for T20 cricket? He added that India must look for new stars now rather than carrying the big names.
Wassan also said that India has now become the new "chokers" in this games thus the team needs to change their mindset and plan for the next T20 World Cup with a new set of players.