“These games are important in our preparation for 2019 because it allows us time to play around with the balance of the side.”
“With that major tournament [World Cup] coming, it gives you an opportunity to test your bench strength, try out fringe players and test their characters as well.” Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, K. L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suresh Raina, M. S. Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.
We have worldclass players who can adapt,” he added.
World Cup winner Madan Lal seconded Vengsarkar. “When you travel, it is important to do well in those conditions and earn an opportunity to play for India regularly. This is their chance,” he said.
Bowlers and flat wickets
For a long time, England was the only destination that offered neutral wickets. But today, 300 is the new 250, and the carnage at Nottingham as England scored 4■1 exposed the meek nature of the wickets. Outoffavour speedster Varun Aaron, who spent more than a month in the English county for Leicestershire, revealed the challenges of bowling on flat wickets. “The guys (in international cricket) are scoring 400 as if it is a joke. In the Royal Oneday Cup (the domestic tournament in England), 300 is an
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