We are working on that area of getting better at defending targets – India’s batting mentor

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Vikram Rathour says we are doing pretty well but hopefully, we will get better

India was struggling with the bowling in the death overs in the recent Asia Cup and the same thing was seen in the T20 series against Australia while Vikram Rathour shockingly referred to “dew” being an element which was not the situation when the side played in the recently concluded Asia Cup.

India was struggling with the bowling in the death overs in the recent Asia Cup and the same thing was seen in the T20 series against Australia. India’s main bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaked so many runs in the death overs. 

India’s batting mentor Vikram Rathour shockingly referred to “dew” being an element that was not the situation when the side played in the recently concluded Asia Cup. 

Since the Super 4s of the Asia Cup, India has played six T20Is and won three of them while losing three. However, all three losses against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia have come while defending targets. 

Contrary to Rathour’s claims, none of the Indian team members, who addressed the media after the losses against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, put it on the dew factor making defending difficult.

“We are working on that area of getting better at defending targets. But to be fair to our bowlers, toss plays a vital role and every time we have not been able to defend are the places where there has been dew, so it gets easier to chase,”

Rathour said on the eve of the first T20I against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

While Rathour could have alluded to the match against Australia at Mohali where India couldn’t safeguard a 200-plus target, he was sympathetic to the bowlers despite the kind of analysis they have looked at of late.

“I won’t be harsh on bowlers as they have been able to push the match till last over whenever we are looking to defend. It’s one ball here and there but of course, we are doing pretty well but hopefully, we will get better,”

the former India Test opener said.

Asked if the batters in the middle decide on a possible target, the coach replied,

“Definitely, it depends on the surface that we are playing on but when you say we haven’t been able to put up good scores, I don’t agree with that.

“I think batting first was one of the concerns during the last T20 World Cup but since then, we have been putting up par or par plus scores every time that we have batted first. So I don’t think that’s an issue.”

The batting mentor also said that the team management never tries to coach people who are playing international cricket but rather encourages them to back up their strengths.

“At this level, we are not telling them anything. Arsh (Arshdeep Singh) has done extremely well in IPL in death overs, so we just support them to follow plans. They know where to bowl to each batter and follow their plans,”

he said.

“We expect them (bowling unit) to back their strengths. There are no specific areas I want Arshdeep to improve and he has the composure to handle pressure in difficult conditions.”

The Indian top three of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli had copped a lot of flak for their obsolete approach during the T20Is but Rathour is happy with the change in outlook since the last ICC competition.

“There is a very visible shift in the way we are batting. The approach has changed we are trying to be more aggressive, and we are playing with better strike rates and more intent, that is pretty evident. As a batting unit, we have done well.”

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