Former India captain Anil Kumble reckons the country’s T20 team needs more all-rounders in the lineup, with Rohit Sharma and Co returning after a disappointing semifinal loss to England at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Kumble highlighted the balance in England’s team and suggested that India should aim for a similar approach, with a number of all-round options in the playing XI.
“…what I see as something that certainly needs to be done is, how we keep talking about bowlers need to bat. But I think in Indian cricket, you need batters to bowl too for the balance of the team,” Kumble was quoted as saying.
“That’s exactly what England have. They had too many choices. They used Liam Livingstone. Moeen Ali has hardly bowled in this tournament. So those are the choices that you need.”
India lost by 10 wickets against England at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday to get knocked out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The 2007 champions struggled to get going with the bat for the majority of their innings before being blown away by Jos Buttler and Alex Hales.
Kumble suggested that there needs to be a change in the way India pick their T20 side.