ODI cricket holds least priority to India
India head coach Ravi Shastri on Friday (February 28) has claimed that the 50-over format holds the least priority to them at the moment, with their main focus being Tests and T20Is.
Shastri said this ahead of his side’s second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, highlighting that Tests and T20Is will hold the most significance in next two years, and hence the side needs to play accordingly.
“I would not judge ODI and Test cricket. For us, the least priority is ODI cricket at the moment looking at the schedule and what is coming in next two years,” said Shastri.
In next two years of the world cricketing calendar, two T20 World Cups will be played in 2020 (Australia) and 2021 (India).
Besides the World Test Championship final is also scheduled to take place in 2021. As India are currently at the top of the standings, they are very much in contention to play the final.
According to Shastri, “Number one priority is Test cricket. And then comes the T20Is. So, if you look at that, we have had a great run in the Test arena.”
India suffered their first loss of the World Test Championship just a few days ago, as the Black Caps handed them a humiliating 10-wicket defeat in Wellington.
However, Shastri is against panicking after just one defeat. “One loss does not mean we need to panic. The boys are ready. They know what to expect and they are manually tuned.”
India and New Zealand will lock horns with each other for the second Test in Christchurch beginning from Saturday (February 29).
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