ADELAIDE: It’s travel time for India’s cricketers on Monday as the team leaves Melbourne around noon to board a flight to Adelaide, where focus now shifts to the all-imported semi-final. on Thursday with England.
At Melbourne airport, Virat Kohli went straight to the sushi counter while several others, including the captain Rohit SharmaDeepak Hooda, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj check out sunglasses and sunglasses instead. Yuzvendra Chahal Sign a few signatures. Bhuvneshwar Kumar sipped some coffee.
Even with the constant travel, the near-daily adjustment to different time zones, and the challenges of rest and recovery during a fast-paced World Cup, the entire team looked comfortable, natural and comfortable. confident and in good form to advance to the semi-finals.
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Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, meanwhile, could be forgiven for having other things on their mind: this deep into the World Cup. With a knockout tie looming, with all the talk of challenging conditions in Australia, India is now going through a last-minute adjustment of course and starting Box instead of their designated end person Karthik?
Coming into the Cup, India was very clear about Karthik’s role: he would hold the ball and explode with the stick for the last four or five passes. There’s no space for left-handed Pant, arguably a better goalkeeper and more flexible hitting options.
There is only one problem with that approach: Karthik is not Suryakumar Yadav. He was unable to achieve a level of consistency with the club when trying to score at such a high strike speed.
T20 is a game of marginal good and cruel twists of fate. Sometimes inches separate between layoffs and boundaries. Sometimes, when Pant finds out against Zimbabwe, doing what team management asks of you can be in jeopardy. Sometimes, because Karthik knows so well, very few precious opportunities can work against you.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding his sacking, Karthik has yet to exactly ignite the World Cup, with 1 against Pakistan at the MCG, 6 against South Africa in Perth and 7 against Bangladesh in Adelaide.
Aside from the 46th tackle against South Africa in Indore coming up in the World Cup, Karthik either has no chance, remains unbeaten with low scores that people usually don’t remember, or tries to squeeze in speed. Aside from the Indore knock-out, his most recent score above 40 was in July against the West Indies in Tarouba.
That’s the nature of the T20 beast, especially if you’re the one to finish playing a high-risk game. You will hit or out.
Pant also doesn’t like the kind of consistency that could force matters in his favor, but this is a World Cup semi-final and there are short square boundaries at the Adelaide Oval to consider. Pant is the more versatile left-handed pick in the lineup, who can be used as a hitter to target like Adil Rashid, who takes the ball away from right-handers, or generally tie the ball. anti-spin problem.
Against Zimbabwe, as well as coach Rahul Dravid suggested, the idea is to use Pant to target the left rotation of Sean Williams, who just escaped from Kohli. Pant’s tagline sweep wouldn’t have resulted in him losing his cane, had Ryan Burl not long ago stunned with his dive catch to the left.
“I don’t mind it (Rishabh went cheap). He made the right choice. His job was to take on the left-hander who was bowling. Sometimes it came and sometimes it didn’t. I don’t. I don’t think we judge people on a game, and sometimes whether we play them or not is not based on a game,” said Dravid.
“Sometimes it’s just games, what we think is going to be something that we might need here or will continue. It’s not that we’ve ever lost faith in Rishabh. We believed. into all 15 of his men and they could be invited to play in the team at any time. Rishabh hit the ball a lot in the net, hit a lot of the ball. and kept himself ready.”
Going into the semi-finals, neither Pant nor Karthik played enough powerful shots to draw nuanced conclusions about their batting form. In Adelaide, however, on paper, Pant could be the surprise card against England’s spinning players. “There is a lot involved in these decisions,” says Dravid.