The ongoing injuries in team India has left the team with maximum players having experience less than collectively 10 matches. The chances of Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal are very narrow. India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour does believe the potential on team India. Vikram Rathour replaces Bangar as batting coach after India’s loss at the World Cup in England last month.
A tweet from BCCI provides the opinion of Vikram Rathour. He is confident with the performance and ability of the players. “The mental toughness comes from the preparation and hardwork of the players they have been doing from years” says Vikram Rathour. He also claims from the coaching perspective that the players have a lot of believe in their own abilities. The way they have prepared and the way they play their game is will keep their believe in their ability and preparation. One inning in Sydney should not let the doubts sink in.
The management is in continuous touch with the medical team regarding the injury of Bumrah. It is not yet clear of he would be playing in the next match. It would be totally medical team’s call as they do not want to worsen the injury. The same situation is with Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2021
As team India is gearing up for the Brisbane Test against Australia, their arrival wasn’t smooth. It has been raised by BCCI that they had to intervein to get the hotel standards up as they were not as per international standards. As the team would be staying their for 5 months, it might be a concern in regards to the mental health of the players. However, Vikram Rathour claimed in the press conference that these off-field incidents will not be affecting the team’s motivation and performance.
Traditionally Brisbane had been the first Test of the international home summer in Australia, however, due to stricter situation in Queensland due to Coronavirus, Brisbane Test has become the final Test of the summer. Rathour has confirmed they have made strategies to counter Australia’s most successful offspinner. He has claimed that the competition from Australia is a motivation for team India to show their best game. He is confident on their ability and the practice the team has been doing from a long time. Rathour says that the team has a tremendous talent and he has no doubt about it in his mind. Also, a great set of coaching staff is available which is an advantage.