'This is the team which will play the World Cup': Batting coach Vikram Rathour talks on India's T20 World Cup squad
India will host the first ICC T20 World Cup in five years later in 2021 and although the big event is still a few months away, it seems as if India batting coach Vikram Rathour already has a rough idea about who all will make it to the World Cup squad.
The T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to be held in Australia last October, was moved to 2021 with India hosting the marquee event, and as they begin their preparations for it through the England T20Is starting Friday, Rathour is confident that by the time the series is over, a clear picture about the squad will emerge.
"The [T20] World Cup is India, so I just want the batting unit to get settled basically. By the time we finish this series, we should know, 'this is the team which is going to play the World Cup'," Rathour told ESPNCricinfo.
"So hopefully that will happen in this series. I am already sure that there wouldn't be too many changes anyway, because we are a pretty settled unit at the moment. But in case somebody loses form, or somebody gets injured, as a batting unit you just want to get settled now."
One of the biggest talking points going ahead will be the candidates for the wicketkeeper's position. The last time India played T20Is, in Australia, it was KL Rahul, who after first being assigned wicketkeeping duties during early 2020, continued to perform the role, but Rathour explained that with Rishabh Pant back in form, the selection will pose a bit of challenge.
"KL has done really well as a wicketkeeper-batsman. He has been a superb cricketer, he has batted really well, he has kept reasonably well. Now Rishabh [Pant] (is) back in form and doing well, let's see how it goes. Once this situation comes, what the team management is looking to do, that'll happen on the day of the game and how this series goes," Rathour added.