"Hopefully, Captain Can Role His Arm": Ajit Agarkar

T20 World Cup 2024: The Indian Squad for the T20 World Cup 2024 was out a couple of days back and Ajit Agarkar (Chief Selector) and skipper Rohit Sharma commented on the spin combination of the Indian Team in the T20 World Cup.

The Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar and captain Rohit Sharma attended a press conference organized by BCCI on 2nd March. The press conference was held after the Indian Squad announcement for the upcoming T20I main event.

The conference was rescheduled for 4:30 PM instead of its initial 4 PM start time. They responded to questions on the team’s noteworthy picks and drops, such as Rinku and Gill’s standing as reserve players, among other things.

On Rohit’s Bowling In T20 World Cup

If you have noticed, there is not a single off-spinner in the World Cup squad, and in a long tournament in the USA and West Indies, the pitches will dry which will assist the spinners more. With a similar reference, a reporter asked about the missing off-spinning option to which, Ajit Agarkar replied: “Hopefully the Captain can roll his arm over.” The two smiled after the comment and Rohit Sharma said “Yes, I will Try.”

Rohit Sharma took the question and clarified the selection. He said “Something that we discussed a lot. We discussed whether to have an off-spinner or not. Washy hasn’t played a lot of cricket. And it was between Ash and Axar… it was like that. We thought that having 2 left-arm spinners and being doing well. “

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Ashwin hasn’t played much lately. Axar was in good form from 50 overs format when he played those matches against AUS. So he’s been bowling well for India. It gives us that left-handed option if we have to send someone in the middle. And of course, a very experienced player, he added.

On Virat’s Strike Rate

As soon as the reporter started talking about Virat Kohli’s strike rate, the skipper smiled loud and Agarkar took the question. He said “We haven’t been discussing Virat Kohli’s strike rate at all. He has been performing really well in the IPL, no point overthinking.”

On Rinku and Gill

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“It was the toughest decision,” said Ajit Agarkar. He added “It’s got nothing to do with Rinku. We felt Rohit can have an extra spin option with two wrist spinners. He is in the reserves so that’s how close he was and same thing will Gill.”

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