He said, ‘We chose Thakur because of his batting. He gives depth in batting. We will see the pitch and then decide on the combination accordingly. He has done well for India. Regarding Malik, Mahambre said, “It is heartening to see the way he is progressing. Pace also matters and that adds a different dimension to the bowling attack. The decision to feed him will depend on the pitch and the need of the team combination.
He said, ‘As far as the World Cup is concerned, he is completely involved in the strategy. He is very important for the team. Jasprit Bumrah is out of the team due to back issues and Mhambrey said the team is missing him. The bowling coach said, ‘Bumrah is a completely different bowler and no one can replace him, this fact has to be accepted. It is difficult to replace a bowler of his skill. On the other hand, it gives other bowlers a chance to be tested at this level. We will see how these bowlers perform and how they handle the pressure.
When asked about Mohammad Siraj, he praised this Hyderabad fast bowler and said, ‘I saw him in the India A team. He is doing very well with the red ball. He used to try to bring the ball inside but has also worked on his seam position. He is a very important member of the team, not only for the World Cup but beyond that as well. The New Zealand team had lost six wickets for 131 runs in the first ODI but after that they managed to add 206 runs. The bowling coach said the team had a long discussion on the issue.
He said, ‘When you score 350 on a pitch like that, you expect partnerships from the other team, they lost six wickets quickly but after that they batted till number eight. Santner is also a good batsman. He said, ‘The important match is to win, during this you will also be tested. We have charted out the things we want to focus on and implement them in this match. We will not focus on experimenting too much but the players we have dropped need to be tested.
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