Effective Communication: India's Approach to Engaging Non-Playing Squad Members

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Effective Communication: India’s Approach to Engaging Non-Playing Squad Members

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In the ongoing World Cup, 13 members of India’s squad have already had the opportunity to showcase their skills. However, the likes of Mohammed Shami and Suryakumar Yadav are yet to make their mark, with R. Ashwin featuring in only one match, and Ishan Kishan filling in for two games during Shubman Gill’s absence.

This situation was somewhat inevitable, given the exceptional form of all the players, with only 11 being selected in the starting lineup. Nonetheless, it poses a challenge in player management. How does the team handle benching big players like Ashwin and Shami, who have a track record of being match-winners?

The team’s bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey, shed light on their approach. He emphasized that clear communication and conversations are key to navigating these decisions. “Honestly, it is never an easy decision,” he acknowledged.

Shami has been one of the most successful bowlers in white-ball cricket, boasting a strike rate matched by very few. He is also India’s highest wicket-taker in the World Cup among active players. Ashwin, with 116 games and over 700 international wickets, has proven his prowess. Additionally, there’s the question of Kishan, who has a double century, and Suryakumar, the top batter in T20Is and an x-factor in the middle order.

Mhambrey revealed, “We had a clear chat with him [them]. Whenever we select a squad, the message from us is very clear. That we pick a squad we feel is the best for that wicket. And I think sometimes you will miss out,” explaining the team’s modus operandi.

Shami has been overtaken by Mohammed Siraj, who has become the second preference for the pace bowler’s position after Jasprit Bumrah. Ashwin now ranks third in the pecking order of spinners, following Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.

Despite these challenges, Shami, Ashwin, and Surya have consistently exhibited remarkable body language when not on the field, offering unwavering support to the XI. This camaraderie within the team has been fostered by coach Rahul Dravid, who values open communication, even in the face of potential criticism.

The importance of transparent communication has been recognized throughout Indian cricket, starting from the previous regime of Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli and continuing with the Dravid-Rohit duo. The skipper, Rohit Sharma, emphasizes the same philosophy of transparency and communication, ensuring that players are well-informed in advance about any changes.

In the ever-competitive world of cricket, handling player management with tactful communication remains a crucial challenge.”

[Please note that this article has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.]

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