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Team India must continue with their ultra-aggressive batting approach: Ravi Shastri: Of late the Indian national cricket team has made it to the headlines for its aggressive batting approach, which was something India lacked a few years ago. The approach prompts the batters to take timely risks to suppress the opposition and certainly, this has brought fruitful results for the team, for the time being.

Former Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri backed India’s new approach and advised not to drop it in the shortest format. India’s conservative approach mounted in India’s woes during the last T20 World Cup when the Men in Blue made an early exit from the tournament.

“It is the right approach. You will lose a few games in between but if you start winning with this approach you can take that confidence in big games and use the same tactics,” said Ravi Shastri. 

“They should not change the approach (they have shown of late). Even when I was coach we discussed we were a bit timid at the top considering the players we had down the order,” he added.

When asked whether the senior players would be able to show the same aggression that the youngsters have shown in their absence, Shastri replied, “Why not? They are very experienced players.”

While Virat Kohli will be back in the playingXI after being rested for the West Indies and Zimbabwe tour, KL Rahul will be seen back into the action following a long injury layoff.

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Importance of Hardik and Jasprit Bumrah:

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Shastri has time and again mentioned that Hardik Pandya was missed by team India during the T20 World Cup 2021, where he couldn’t bowl. Pandya is vital in the Indian setup to provide balance and there is no one near to Hardik when it comes to the all-rounder’s quality.

“He is one of the most important cogs in India’s wheel. You take him out, the balance goes awry. We missed him last year at the World Cup where he could not bowl. No one is close to the quality that he possesses,” Shastri said.

“He has to be watched very closely. With the games coming up (before the T20 World cup), Bumrah and Hardik need to be observed very carefully to ensure there is no breakdown. They are your two important players.” Shastri also backed Kohli to end his lean run in Asia Cup.

Notably, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup 2022 due to a back injury. He will be missed in the Asia Cup 2022. 

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