India will play 3 ODI's and 3 T20I's against Zimbabwe © AFP
India will play 3 ODI’s and 3 T20I’s against Zimbabwe © AFP

India head coach Sanjay Bangar has backed his young side to play with energy and intensity in their upcoming tour to Zimbabwe. India will play 3 ODI’s and 3 T20I’s against the African side in the space of two weeks. Most of the star players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin have been rested for this tour. Players like KL Rahul, Kedhar Jadhav, Jayant Yadav, Manish Pandey and others have been rewarded for their excellent IPL and domestic form. They will be skippered by MS Dhoni, who was selected to mentor the young side. ALSO READ: Indian cricket team leaves for Zimbabwe for limited-overs series

Speaking to bcci.tv, Bangar spoke about the chance for youngsters. “I am very excited and I would like to thank the BCCI for this huge honour of being the Head Coach of the team. This is a very important tour for the young players. It provides them an ideal opportunity to test themselves in international waters. It is the start of a new season and it gives them an opportunity to make a mark and keep knocking at the doors of the Indian team.”

He also spoke the brand of cricket his team will play during the course of the tour. “We will be looking to go out there and play the brand of cricket that the Indian team has displayed over the last two years. This team fields well, there is a lot of energy, buzz and intensity in whatever they do and that would be the underlying message in approaching all three departments of the game.” ALSO READ: Dhoni: Leading new IND side will be different experience

Bangar also spoke about the talents of player, and how under Dhoni’s leadership they can succeed. “All of them have worked very hard to earn the India colours. Each one is capable of winning the match for his team on his given day. You have spin bowlers who can turn the course of the match and pacers with special abilities. You have Dhawal Kulkarni who has got great experience of first-class cricket. He has got great control and is capable of bowling at all stages of the game.”

“Then, you have Jasprit Bumrah who is always learning. He made a huge mark since he played for India since January. Barinder Sran is someone who is exciting and brings his own skill set being a left-armer which is always an added strength. You have a Rishi Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal who has done consistently well in the IPL and shorter formats.”

“In the batting department we know how Manish Pandey played that dazzling knock in Sydney against Australia and won us that game. We then have Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu, who both scored a century in the tour of Zimbabwe. KL Rahul has made a mark in the IPL and has had success in the past with the Indian Test team. All this with the presence of MS Dhoni gives a fantastic opportunity for the younger guys to showcase their talent.”

Finally he spoke about the conditions that India will face during the tour. “Among the few things that are important when we land in Zimbabwe is being aware of the individual strengths, the position that they play in; what we expect from them and then fit them in the scheme of things as far as the team composition is concerned,” Bangar said.

“We have a fair idea of what they are capable of and how we can optimize their strengths into the composition of the team. Not many of them would have played in Zimbabwe and getting used to the conditions in such a short period would be a major challenge.”

“The conditions too are a bit challenging as compared to the other parts of the world. We don’t really have a lot of time there and we play our (first) match straightaway. Passing on the information and experiences that we have had from the previous tour would be vital. We have to make sure that the players are very well prepared and equipped to counter the challenges.”