We want to create our bench strength: Rohit Sharma reveals reason behind India’s multiple squads

The Indian captain also highlighted the importance of the same thought process between the captain and coach of the team.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 10 August 2022 10:28 AM

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The Indian cricket team is evolving at a rapid pace. Ever since India failed to qualify for knockouts at the 2021 T20 World Cup, there have been talks about a restrained approach from the team. The lack of backup players was also an issue pointed out by experts and it seems the new captain-coach duo of Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid has seriously started working on it.

Right after the T20 World Cup concluded, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid took over their respective positions and started working on the issues within the team. From a different batting approach to solid bench strength, the two discussed everything and implied the required changes. India have tried and tested as many as 30 players in different series and the captain recently revealed the reason behind this.

Rohit Sharma revealed that apart from managing the workload of players, the focus is also on creating unmatchable bench strength. Sharma also added that he and Dravid are ensuring that the future of the team remains in the right hands.

"We play lot of cricket, so there will be injuries and workload management, so we have to rotate players," said Rohit. "But it gives our bench strength to go and play the game, which is why we could try so many other guys who are ready to take that international stage and perform. We want to create our bench strength, we want to make sure that India's future is in safe hands. That's the planning that we are trying to have."

We are pretty much on the same page: Rohit Sharma

The Indian captain also highlighted the importance of the same thought process between the captain and coach of the team. He cited the example of himself and Rahul Dravid and said that being on the same page has helped the team and the players. The two individuals look at things in the same way and Dravid and it allows him to give a clear message.

"When he became the coach here, we met and sat together in a room for a while and decided how we want to take this team forward," Rohit added. "He was pretty much on the same thought process as me. That made it easier for me to give out a clear message to the boys because the coach and captain always need to be on the same page for the team to move in the same direction.

"One thing we have decided and have in common is we want to send the right messages and we don't want to create any confusion in the group. That's something we spoke about and of course, we wanted to change the style of cricket as well. We wanted to play in a certain way in all three formats and he was ready to accept all of that."

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