India to go three-dimensional?

21 June,2024 11:30 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  Srijanee Majumdar

Gambhir, known for his proactive mentorship at Kolkata Knights Riders in the IPL, is believed to have emphasised the necessity and timing of establishing distinct teams for Test cricket, ODIs, and T20Is

(L-R) India`s captain Rohit Sharma and teammate Rishabh Pant celebrate the dismissal of Afghanistan`s Gulbadin Naib on Thursday. Pic/AFP

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In the ever-evolving landscape of international cricket, strategic adaptations are crucial for sustained success. And if sources are to be believed, under Team India's next head coach Gautam Gambhir, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems poised to embark on a bold initiative for optimising performance by potentially establishing separate teams for each format of the game.

This move will aim to capitalise on specialised skills and tailor strategies to excel in Tests, One Days (ODIs), and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Speaking exclusively to Mid-Day, an official in the know of things on Wednesday outlined plans for the restructuring, as the cricketing world awaits to see how the management navigates the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead after curtains draw on Rahul Dravid.

The concept of separate teams for different formats has been successfully adopted by several cricketing nations in the past, enabling them to leverage specific strengths and enhance performance across the board. India, with its growing pool of talent and increasing depth in player resources, is now poised to follow suit. This visionary approach underscores the side's commitment to advancing in global cricketing arenas.

Gambhir, known for his proactive mentorship at Kolkata Knights Riders in the IPL, is believed to have emphasised the necessity and timing of establishing distinct teams for Test cricket, ODIs, and T20Is. "Yes, it is being discussed. In the past, we faced difficulties due to a surplus of players in the pipeline," said the official on conditions of anonymity.

"This season will undoubtedly be a pivotal year for us. With seniors Rohit (Sharma) and (Virat) Kohli likely to hang their boots in the near future, the Board must navigate the transition to multi-team structures while maintaining continuity and stability in our player selections. It's a balancing act that requires careful planning and execution. I'll leave it at that, we can't divulge more details right now." He also highlighted the importance of nurturing and prioritising senior players across all teams while gradually integrating emerging talents into the international fold.

A significant aspect of India's cricketing journey has been the disparity in performance between home and away matches, truth be told. While the team has shown resilience and dominance on home soil, replicating that success abroad has presented formidable challenges. The World Test Championship final last year against Australia underscored these discrepancies, prompting introspection and strategic reassessment. As the Men in Blue prepare to implement its multi-team strategy and confront the challenges of playing abroad, Gambhir is believed to emphasise the long-term benefits in terms of performance enhancement and strategic flexibility, as per sources.

As they appear ready to embark on a challenging series of overseas engagements this year and beyond, the spotlight remains on their ability to adapt, evolve, and thrive in diverse cricketing environments. With strategic investments in player development, tactical refinement, and competitive resilience, India aims to reshape its cricketing narrative and stake a claim as a formidable force in global cricket. With someone like Gambhir steering the course, Indian cricket stands poised to chart a path of growth, achievement, and enduring success.

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