"It's not reckless"- KL Rahul backs England's "bazball" approach and wants India to play aggressive cricket
For the next few months, many teams will play red-ball cricket across the globe. Australia recently thrashed the West Indies 2-0 at home, while England has taken a 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-match test series against Pakistan.
On the other hand, Team India will kick off their two-match test series against Bangladesh on Wednesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram. However, one thing that has attracted every cricket fan is the way England is playing their red-ball game under Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.
They carried on their "bazball" approach against Pakistan in the sub-continent as well and have registered two consecutive wins in the series. They won a test series in Pakistan after a 22-year absence.However, England's ultra-aggressive approach has gained the appreciation of many, while there are a few who are not in favour of it.
But India's stand-in captain, KL Rahul, has backed England's aggressive approach in the longest format. Notably, Rahul will be leading the Indian team in the first test against Bangladesh after the injury to Rohit Sharma.
In the pre-match press conference ahead of the first test, when asked about England's approach, Rahul replied that the game is changing and England has also changed their mindset to play, and they are getting success from it.
Rahul said, "I don’t think it is reckless cricket. Cricket is changing; there is no set way of how this game needs to be played. To watch these two matches between England and Pakistan has really been interesting. There is a Test championship (final) qualification so we will also have to be aggressive."
However, Rahul also pointed out that it depends on the team and how they like to play the game. And it always depends on the situation, and no team can always have the same approach. India is in the race to qualify for the WTC final and needs to win both games against Bangladesh.
They have six games left to play: two against Bangladesh and four at home against Australia. Team India must win five of these games to prove their worth for the ongoing World Test Championship Final.