Opinion: Changes India need to make in their approach to win high pressure encounters
#2 Backing the young players
Rome was not built in a day. Similarly, it is not possible for players to transform overnight, and play match defining knocks for their country. However, if the players are backed, with technical and more importantly, emotional support, they can certainly mature into match winners.
This has been the pattern in the evolution of match winners like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, who received the support from their captains Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni.
In the test squad, senior performers like Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been wary of their place in the squad. Ravindra Jadeja has also been kept out of the squad despite convincing performances.
Ambati Rayudu, who was being groomed for the No.4 spot for the World Cup, was ruled out in favour of Vijay Shankar on the basis of just one series. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The list also comprises of the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey, who were once the contenders for the No.4 spot.
It becomes imperative for the captain and team management to back the young players n every way possible, so as to extract maximum productivity from them and groom them for the future.