After India’s defeat in the T20 World Cup 2022, veteran players are strongly condemning the performance of the team. Some are questioning the batting approach of the team, while some say that many senior players do not fit in a format like T20. Meanwhile, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has made a big statement saying that he does not want to see some of the faces of the current team in the next World Cup. The next edition of T20 World Cup is to be played in 2024 and Sehwag believes that India should prepare a young team for this World Cup from now itself.
The former Indian explosive batsman said, ‘I will not talk about the mindset but I definitely want to see a change in the players. I don’t want to see some faces in the next World Cup. This also happened in the 2007 T20 World Cup. Veteran players who played for so many years did not go to that World Cup. A bunch of youngsters went and no one expected anything from them and I want to see a similar team for the next T20 World Cup, no one will expect them to win but that team will be for the future.
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Sehwag did not name anyone during this period, but his reference is to those players whose age has crossed 30. Captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin,
“If you start thinking about your future now, then only you will be able to build a team in two years’ time,” he added. I don’t want to see some non-performing seniors in the next World Cup. I hope the selectors take such decisions. But the problem is, will these selectors stay till the next World Cup? There will be a selection panel, new management, new approach so will they make changes? But one thing is certain that if they go to the next World Cup with the same team and the same approach, the result will be the same.