With an eye on the 2020 World Cup in Australia, it is experiment time for the Indian selectors and the team’s think-tank.
Captain Virat Kohli is excited about the prospects. Talking to mediapersons ahead of India’s first T20 match against South Africa in the three-match series here on Saturday, Kohli said, “Whenever there is a world tournament coming up, it is like a milestone and you start preparing from backwards.
Time to experiment
“These are opportunities where we can try various combinations with new people around — check their ability, character and composure to perform at the international level.
“So I think it’s about finding the best balance that we can as a side and not necessarily stick to one combination. If all teams across the world are batting till No. 9, 10 why can’t we?”
David Miller, the most experienced player in the South African squad looked at the brighter side of the young team.
Plenty of energy
“We’ve got a lot of energy in the squad. There are actually a lot of guys who have played a lot of cricket, in the A-side and domestically.
“So, all of us are really, really experienced in each department and it’s just a great stepping stone. We’ve come here to win and we’re looking forward to making our mark.”
Asked about Quinton’s de Kock’s captaincy, Miller said, “He’s been around for many years, and he’s got an incredible cricketing brain. It’s really nice to be alongside him and supporting him in whatever role he wants me to do.
“Yeah, it’s been great so far and hopefully it continues.”