The Indian team is unofficially going through a transition phase in the shortest format of the game.
Regular skipper Rohit Sharma and veteran batter Virat Kohli have missed all the T20I matches India has played after last year’s T20 World Cup in which the Men in Blue were humbled by England in the semi-final.
The youngsters led by Hardik Pandya showed promise as they defeated New Zealand in their own backyard in the first series without the stalwarts of Indian cricket in T20Is.
Sri Lanka threatened to break India’s winning streak under Hardik but the youngsters stood up when it mattered to make sure India remained unbeaten under their new skipper.
However, the recent results against Sri Lanka and the ongoing series against New Zealand have shown that the Men in Blue are not entirely ready to leave out Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli from the playing XI just yet.
The youngsters have shown promise but they haven’t been able to put in consistent performances like the legends they are replacing which has put Team India in a spot of bother on various occasions.
Here are four reasons why India is not ready to play T20I cricket without the combo of Rohit and Kohli:
Too Many Batting Collapses
India have suffered a lot of batting collapses in the recent past in the absence of Rohit and Virat in their top-order.
In their last match against New Zealand, India were asked to chase 177 runs and they lost their first three wickets in the span of nine balls.
Such batting collapses were a rare occurrence when seniors like Rohit and Kohli were part of the playing XI.
Poor Opening Partnerships
After leaving out Rohit, India have tried the likes of Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill but none of the youngsters have managed to give India a solid start.
Ishan Kishan has three single-digit scores in his last five T20Is while Gill, who recently scored a double century in an ODI, has played only four T20Is and he failed in three of them.
Lack Of Leadership
While Virat Kohli had the brilliance of MS Dhoni to help him out when he was in doubt during his tenure as captain, Rohit had the option of turning to Kohli and other seniors in the side whenever he was in any doubt.
However, Hardik doesn’t seem to have the same luxury as he has a young side to handle and in crunch moments, he has to rely on himself to make all the big calls.
Too Much Inexperience
The transition phase often leaves teams in a spot as youngsters do not always manage to give consistent performances and often crumble under pressure.
Which is why having seniors around the setup always helps but with Team India making radical changes to their T20 setup, it has left a void in the team which cannot be filled without having guys like Kohli and Rohit who have been in pressure situations countless times and knows how to deliver in such scenarios.