17 January, 2021

'I'd Be More Aggressive As Captain'

He's the man who seemed to inject some life into the Indian team at Sharjah. And could well become India's next skipper. Here vice-captain Ajay Jadeja talks Bahal about the Cup, India's failings and fellow players:

'I'd Be More Aggressive As Captain'

How was this World Cup different from the others?
Here the tactics changed as the tournament progressed, for example, Australia's Glenn McGrath initially bowled with an older ball and then shifted to the new. Pakistan started with Razzaq coming in at No. 3, Afridi sat out some games, then as the wickets got better he came in later down the order. South Africa, of course, have kept changing their batting order. Every team in this Cup has played differently. There was no consistent game plan for every team.

Did we lose out in the bowling?
It's the entire team that wins or loses. Personally, I think Agarkar is one of our best, but was just going through a bad patch. Mohanty did fabulously well, and I must compliment the selectors for including him. Srinath was superb in his initial spells and beat the bat more times than not. And Prasad was simply the best of the lot, but he just didn't get the nicks.

What should be done to improve the side? A lot of people think there's a pattern as we're losing a lot of close games.
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