Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta has given a detailed plan to team India’s batsmen to tackle the English conditions during the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final.
India and New Zealand will be up against each other at the WTC Final from June 18 to June 22 at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Team India’s struggle while batting in swinging conditions is not hidden from anyone in the world. In a recent video uploaded on his Youtube channel, Dasgupta mentioned that the Indian batsmen need to be really clear in their minds and try playing their natural game.
“The first thing Indian batsmen need to keep in mind is their clarity of thought. People advise you to play your natural game, and I completely agree with that. Your natural game provides a basic structure to your game. Rohit Sharma’s most productive shot is his cut or pulls of the back foot. That doesn’t mean you need to hit every ball if attacking is your natural game,” Dasgupta explained.
Dasgupta cites Rohit Sharma’s example ahead of WTC Final
The cricketer-turned-commentator quoted the example of opening batsman Rohit Sharma, whose key shots include pulls and cuts. Deep pointed out that he must attack the balls targeted in his strong zone while staying away from driving the ball.
The former cricketer also asserted that sticking to the wicket and respecting the conditions will be the key factors for the Indian batsmen to do well in the English conditions.
“Rohit Sharma has consciously tried to stay away from driving the ball. He depends on the pull and cut shots. If you get a short-pitched ball, you have to go for it because you have to score runs at the end of the day. But if you aren’t getting the ball in your slot, you have to be very clear in your thought process and game plan that you will not play a shot. If a drive is not part of your game plan, unless it is a half volley or full toss, stick with it. That clarity of thought is very important,” Deep Dasgupta continued.