Yuvraj Singh (above) and Suresh Raina are making a comeback into the side © PTI
By Divya Suryanarayan
Mumbai: Mar 13, 2014
The Indian team for the T20 World Cup is set to leave for Bangladesh on Friday. Former India batsman Praveen Amre Amre felt the inclusion of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, besides the return of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had opted out of just concluded Asia Cup due to injury, will strengthen the squad.
Amre, who had scored a Test ton on debut against South Africa in Durban, said the Indian team has many options in batting, which looks solid at the moment. ”It is a good position to be in as we have many options. One player may have to sit out and the team management will have to think on whom to play and to shuffle the batsmen.”
Amre felt spinners would have an important role to play in the sub-continent conditions and singled out leg spinner Amit Mishra as a key bowler. ”Amit did very well in the last match [in Asia Cup]. He gives a variety and there are very few quality leg spinners at the moment.”
Amre is helping talented Ajinkya Rahane master the art of “employing baseball technique while batting” so that the Mumbai youngster can generate more power in his strokes in the shortest format.
Rahane has had a successful stint with Rajasthan Royals so far, playing with a copybook technique under Rahul Dravid‘s mentorship but Amre’s ‘Out of the Box’ thinking has led to him trying to rejig his game to meet the demands of T20 cricket.
Explaining the rationale behind using baseball hitting technique, he said,”Australians developed throwing techniques from baseball to minimise the injuries. You need to throw the ball at a good pace and in quick time, and the right technique of throwing is important. So I thought why not implement the hitting technique of baseball. So I experimented and tried it myself.”
“I was also following some videos of baseball. It is a game of bat and ball but only with a different type of bat [rounded], and the players could generate a lot of force in their strokes,” remarked the former Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach.