India cricket team build world-beating bench strength and is making history.
"Like a champion team, with our backs to the wall, we found a way to win"
said by Rahul Dravid , the India National Cricket Coatch and also former India Captain.
India vs Sri Lanka: India build world-beating bench strength and is making history.
India tour of Sri Lanka, 2021
2nd match - India defeated Sri Lanka with three wickets in Colombo, winning the second straight game. India may sweep Sri Lanka in the third game on July 23, all thanks to India's strong bench depth. After people talked about who these young players will become the main force of the Indian cricket team in the future, some people suggested bolder ideas.
One country, two cricket teams ?
The India national cricket team Nled by Virat Kohli is preparing for the match between India and England to be held in Nottingham on 4th August (India tour of England, 2021)
And the young team led by Shikhar Dhawan is playing six games with Sri Lanka in Colombo (India vs Sri Lanka ODI, T20 Series 2021)
For the first time in 23 years, India has fielded two teams at the same time in an international cricket match. And the two Indian teams are popular teams. This move showcases the amazing talent pool at India's disposal.
The History will repeat or not?
In the past, Australia tried to inculcate this approach into their system during the pomp of the 1990s and early, but it was criticized.
BCCI assembled two squads to participate in the Commonwealth Games in September 1998 and the "Friendship" Cup in 1998. One team led by Ajay Jadeja won only one victory, while the other team led by Mohammed Azharuddin It was eliminated by 4:1.
England had tried similar things in 1929-30 in order to expand cricket to the Caribbean and New Zealand. The England team's first tour of the West Indies led by Freddie Calthorpe , and duel against West Indies in Georgetown ended in a stalemate. Another team lead by Harold Gilligan set sail to Auckland , and New Zealand got the better of Gilligan’s team.
Australian head coach Justin Langer once made disapproving comments on two national cricket teams, he said "We’re one country, aren’t we? We’re not two countries. And we’re one sport."
Dare to try , Dare to do
John Barrow who is the British cosmologist, theoretical physicist, mathematician, science writer and amateur dramatist. He said "If you never try, you'll never know what you are capable of."
"This idea of assembling a second Indian team is interesting. What India are trying to do today, Australia did this years ago, but they were not able to be successful in it. India appears to be pulling it off" Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his YouTube channel, Inzamam ul Haq – The Match Winner.
When the whole world is discussing whether a country should have two national teams, and the failure cases of each country in the past, India has tried hard and revised some of its past ideas.
In the past, India dispersed the main force so that neither of the two national cricket teams could play well, but the current practice of the Indian cricket team corrected the risk of the main force dispersion and allowed promising young cricket teams to challenge Sri Lanka.
The main force of the India national cricket team, who has rich experience and strength in international competitions, is preparing for the August match between India and England. And this kind of deployment basically gives young players sufficient international experience and a stage to show their own. It also allows the main players to have sufficient training and rest to prepare for the strong competition with England.