Best chance for India to lift T20 WC: Munaf Patel

By Paritosh Pramanik:

“The counters in the United Arab Emirates would be the same as in India. We are good at playing on slow surfaces. Above all, I don’t see any other Asian team as strong as India.

The Indian coaches have done exceptionally well on tours of Australia and England and former Indian designer Munaf Patel believes the team now has the firepower to take 20 wickets on any given surface. The 38-year-old bowler also hoped India would do exceptionally well in the T20 World Cup from October 17. “We have very good chances for this T20 World Cup. The counters in the UAE would be the same as in India. We are good at playing on slow surfaces. Above all, I don’t see any other Asian team as strong as India. Teams like Sri Lanka, Pakistan are progressing slowly but we are at the top. We’re used to playing on slow, flat wickets like we’ve been playing there for years. The conditions will also be similar. So I think it would be our best chance (to lift the trophy), ”Patel hoped, speaking with“ The Hitavada ”. Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to step down as captain after the World Cup, but Patel felt there was no need to do so. “We’re already doing well under him (Kohli) so it wasn’t necessary. But if Virat steps down it would be a completely different scenario, ”he said. Patel credited India’s brilliant performance with the ball in the recent past to BCCI, NCA and IPL for working tirelessly behind the scenes to produce these talented stimuli. “I think we have a bright future in the rhythm business.

The best part is that BCCI keeps bowlers fast by using a rotation policy. Plus, with Ishant Sharma’s experience by their side, new setters certainly get the best advice. The point is, players like Ishant, Umesh Yadav, who have been playing for 10 to 15 years, are helping new bowlers develop and consistently deliver outstanding performance, ”said Patel, who was in town for a fast schedule. talent search for IPL bowlers. Rajasthan Royals franchise. The one-day talent hunt events were held at Mujumdar Cricket Academy in Vasant Nagar. Patel also credited IPL for bringing new talent to the Indian side. “IPL has also helped the players to market themselves and train with senior players. Like (Jasprit) Bumrah learned a lot from Zaheer Khan (former Indian coach) at Mumbai Indians, ”said Patel who performed 13 tests and 70 ODI for India. Patel felt that fast bowler Mohd Siraj has taken the responsibility very well and has a bright future.

“He plays with Virat Kohli in IPL. This experience counts a lot. He has learned a lot from Virat in all aspects, be it training, discipline, fitness, ”said the former coach. Patel said the reason India won on foreign soil (Australia and England) was because of top-notch commissioning and the ability to take 20 wickets. “We’ve always been good in the batting department. But to win a test match, a team must take 20 wickets. Even if you score 1000 points and can’t take 20 wickets, you can’t win a test match. Indian bowlers regularly take 20 wickets these days and on top of that our roster has improved tremendously, ”said Patel, one of the architects of India’s 2011 World Cup title win. On the bench in the bowling department, Patel credited the system up.

“Our system has improved a lot. Look at NCA, IPL, BCCI … we have Siraj from IPL. Today we have a good structure in place. We organize the best league in the world in IPL where all the best players play. NCA is available to everyone, not just bowlers, 24×4. Credit also goes to Virat who has done a lot to bring this team to the top. He improved the fitness standards of the team, ”said Patel, a former coach of the Rajasthan Royals. “The rotation policy has worked really well for the Indian leaders. If we look back in the recent past, we never used a pacemaker for all five tests. After one or two matches, they were rested. This is the reason bowlers produce such favorable results, ”Patel explained. The former pacer was impressed by the crimper Umran Malik who generated rhythm in 150 seconds this IPL. “It feels good when you get such a pacer in India, hitting 150 seconds. We’ve always wanted a bowler who can generate a real rhythm. But at the same time, only the pace won’t do for Umran. He will also need to maintain his level of fitness. I think Virat made the right decision in retaining Umran in the UAE as the net thrower, ”Patel concluded.

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