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‘All Bases Covered’: Stephen Fleming Lauds Team India Ahead of T20WC Super 8

Written by Mohan Sharma

Team India raced into the Super 8 of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup as they topped Group A with three wins and a draw in their four assignments in the USA. The men in blue got the better of Ireland, Pakistan and the USA before a washed-out game against Canada secured the top spot.

Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming, who is clearly impressed by the Indian charge opined that Rohit Sharma and Co. do not have any apparent vulnerability heading into the second phase of the tournament.

“Not really and neither should there be (any vulnerability) because there’s so much talent really to pick from. The vulnerability would have come from New York where the ball is going to seam around and from the pace bowling point of view you have a little bit of uneven bounce but they dealt with that quite well,” he began.

He lauded India for navigating the unknown challenges posed by the New York pitches and backed them to have all bases covered heading into the Super 8s in West Indies.

“The last game was I thought very mature the way they chased down the title, so they got through that and I would expect if conditions are playing in some of the key venues like we expect them to do then they should have all bases covered and I thought the danger period was really New York where we had no idea how it was going to play and then dealing with the challenges that were there they did that quite well. So I would expect this side and the talent they’ve got to get a little bit stronger,” Fleming added.

India have opted to open their innings with skipper Rohit taking strike alongside star batter Virat Kohli, and thus benching the talented Yashasvi Jaiswal. Fleming was of the opinion that this strategy was opted for keeping the advanced phase of the tournament in mind.

“They had to make some hard calls while Jaiswal was a great player, that’s leaving out top quality players is always difficult and having a plan and you stay to it when you’ve got great players sitting on the sidelines is always very difficult because it’s tempting to keep looking where the grass is greener, but I like the job they’ve done, they’ve got through,” the southpaw stated.

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