Adapting to conditions will be India’s biggest challenge in T20 World Cup in USA: Eoin Morgan | Cricket News – Times of India

Adapting to conditions will be India’s biggest challenge in T20 World Cup in USA: Eoin Morgan | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Adapting to alien conditions in the US will be India’s biggest challenge in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the West Indies and USA, feels England’s 2019 World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan.
India will launch their campaign in the tournament on June 5 against Ireland at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan at the same venue in a blockbuster clash on June 9.The matches at the 34,000 newly-built stadium in New York will be played on temporary drop-in pitches, prepared by Adelaide Oval curator Damian Hough. Of course, the pitches and the conditions in the USA will be new to all the international teams.
Morgan said that adapting to foreign conditions in T20 cricket “can be difficult.” “India’s biggest challenge in the T20 World Cup will be adapting to conditions. They play Ireland and Pakistan in New York on a pitch, which we don’t know what it is going to be like. It should be an excellent venue but there is no previous information about the pitch. For me, that can cause issues. It is one of the hardest things, winning away from home is about how you play conditions and in T20 it can be difficult,” Morgan, an IPL Expert with JioCinema, said at a virtual interaction on Wednesday.
Unsurprisingly, Morgan’s No 1 choice for the India wicketkeeper’s slot in the T20 World Cup is the dashing Rishabh Pant, who has miraculously returned to action in this IPL after being out for almost 16 months due to a horrific car crash.
“He is the player that he is. I don’t see him being hampered in any way coming back from his car crash. For me, he is a very disruptive player, and also left-handed. As a leftie, he can play a big role in the middle-order, and add a huge amount of pressure as opposed to the right-handers,” the retired left-hander said.
Of all the captains, particularly in the Indians in the IPL, Morgan marked out India ‘keeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who has led the Rajasthan Royals to the top of the table (at the time of writing this) with four wins in four matches for special praise, crediting him for the way he has brought the best out of in-form young batting gun Riyan Parag by promoting him to the No 4 slot this season.
“If you look at Hardik (Pandya), he had success in a short span of time with GT (Gujarat Titans) now he is with Mumbai and starting to turn things around. You can’t put a price on winning, as a captain that is what you are judged on. Probably the standout has been Sanju Samson. I say that because of one key factor. His use of Riyan Parag, not just promoting up the order- how outspoken he has been about wanting him to bat at No 4. One of the hardest things to do as captain is to instill confidence and belief in a player to make them better players. Sanju has done with Riyan,” Morgan complimented. Parag has scored 185 runs in four matches@92.50, at a strike rate of 158.11, with two fifties so far.
The 37-year-old felt that it was unfair to blame IPL-2024’s current ‘Orange Cap’ holder Virat Kohli (316 runs in five matches@105.33, with one century and two fifties) for his strike rate (146.29) when the rest of Royal Challengers Bangalore team is struggling in both the batting and bowling departments.
“It is very difficult to point a finger at a guy who is the holder of the Orange Cap and the rest of the batting line is not scoring runs. I don’t see a point in that. For RCB, they are struggling with the bowling and rest of the batting. Why would I place blame on someone who is scoring a majority of the runs,” Morgan said.

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