Anil Kumble calls for separate India teams for Tests and limited overs formats in aftermath of T20 World Cup

Tom Moody called for separate management and coaches for red and white ball teams.

India will be focusing more on ODIs during this coming season | BCCIFormer India captain and coach Anil Kumble has advocated for Indian team management to have separate teams for the Test format and separate for ODIs and T20Is going forward after the Men in Blue exited the T20 World Cup 2022 after losing to eventual champions England in the semis.

England decimated India as they chased down the 169-run target without losing a single wicket against India in Adelaide in the second semi-final and then defeated Pakistan in the final in MCG to become 2-time T20 World Champions.

England's roaring success in ODIs and T20Is has ignited debate for different teams and coaches in white and red-ball cricket.

Anil Kumble was having an interaction with ESPNCricinfo and was asked whether the Indian team needs a separate bunch of players.

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"Definitely, you need separate teams. You need, certainly, T20 specialists. I think what this English team has shown and even the last (T20) World Cup champions Australia have shown is that you need to invest in a lot of allrounders. Look at the batting order," Kumble said.

"Today Liam Livingstone is batting at No. 7. No other team has a No. 7 of the quality of Livingstone. (Marcus) Stoinis walks in at No. 6 (for Australia). That's the kind of team you have to build. That's something that you need to invest in. I'm not really sure whether you need a different captain or a different coach. It all depends on what team you are going to pick and then choose how you want to build the support and the leadership around it,” he added.

Tom Moody | IPL file photoFormer Australia all-rounder Tom Moody said splitting coaches should be seriously considered by international teams. England appointed Matthew Mott as their white-ball coach, while Brendon McCullum is their Test coach.

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"I think there is no doubt that moving forward, whether it be player or support management, there needs to be a serious look into that separation. It seems England have quite a considerable difference between their red-ball squad and their white-ball squad. They've created a depth of quality," Moody told ESPNCricinfo.

Moody said the demands on the players and the team management involved in all the formats are huge.

"The price of having success is extremely draining. If you are going to be prepared properly, it's very hard to manage it with three formats," said Moody.


By Jatin Sharma - 14 Nov, 2022

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