With Team India’s performance in the ongoing T20I series against England not up to the mark, former cricketer Michael Vaughan has said ‘this Indian T20 team is not that good’. Vaughan reckons that India are making unnecessary changes to their playing XI which has seen them losing two of the three T20Is in Ahmedabad.
While speaking to Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan has said that India are committing the same mistakes – constant chopping and changing – that England did in the Test series.
“You’re up against the best team in the world, and it very much reminded me of England in the Test series. Chopped and changed everything, and they are not that great a Test match team. This Indian T20 team is not that good,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
India made 1 change to their playing XI from the last game by bringing back vice-captain Rohit Sharma in place of Suryakumar Yadav, who had made his international debut in the 2nd T20I but didn’t get the opportunity to bat.
Rohit’s addition also forced the team management to change the batting order as he opened with KL Rahul while Ishan Kishan, who had opened in the last game, was dropped to No. 3 while Virat Kohli came in at No. 4.
Vaughan reckons dropping Surya and changing the batting order led to India’s downfall in the 3rd T20I.
“India, I didn’t quite understand with the bat in hand how they changed two players who had done so well in the last game. Ishan Kishan, who had opened the batting goes to three and Virat Kohli who played brilliantly at three goes to four.
Surely, you keep the substance of what had worked in the previous game, you maneuver a KL Rahul in the middle of the order.”
Vaughan also felt that perhaps, Kohli allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Jasprit Bumrah who are missing the series due to various reasons. Jadeja is nursing a thumb fracture while Bumrah took leave citing personal reasons.
“It’s as good as it should be so when you get things that work, keep it. Keep it till the next game. I do think Bumrah, Ravi Jadeja put those two into this team and they just make it so good. You get an extra bowling option and a left-hand batting power with Jadeja and a world-class performer in Jasprit Bumrah,” Vaughan said.