The flip side to strength in depth

Hello, good afternoon sports fans, I pray you’re well, looking after yourselves and are in good health. Sports fans, I want to talk about an issue in the world of sports, the issue of strength in depth.

This topic of course doesn’t involve sports like snooker or boxing as they’re individuals who are performing rather than a team. Yes, a very silly sports joke and yes, I have something warm on after that howler.

When you strength in depth, this term is often associated with football, with this phrase often referred about to Manchester City, Premier League champions in four of the last five seasons.

It’s hardly a coincidence, as the Cityzens have two players in each position (strength in depth). I want to talk about the team strength discussion for cricket teams.

In the cricket world, it’s well known that Pakistan and Australia produce fast bowlers like they’re factory produced and it’s a case of taking one off the conveyor belt and putting the quickie into the limelight.

Arch-rivals of Pakistan India arguably can say this about their batting, which should be a good thing. Sports fans, I am afraid, I am going to have to be negative Nelly and say it’s far from it.

For example, in this T20 World Cup, although the Indians have performed well with their batting, as a cricket fan, I find it of massive concern that Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson are not near this team.

The trio that I have mentioned, are the future and present of the National side, but it appears increasingly likely that their best years may be on the bench. Yes, Pant is a regular pick for the test side, but with the greatest respect how is Dinesh Karthik getting picked ahead of Samson and Rishabh Pant.

Personally, I would find this hard to accept. The bowling side of things will very soon become the same, but then the injury of Jasprit Bumrah happened. Mumbai Indians quick Bumrah, who is easily one of the top five players in world cricket, appears to have been seamlessly replaced by Arshdeep Singh.

Punjab Kings pacer Singh is in fact the joint leading wicket-taker of the tournament with nine, ( Sam Curran also has nine). No doubt, other teams are hoarding experienced players in their ranks, which is stifling the young players, but unfortunately India, the pioneer of the T20 game as we know it, they seem the worst at doing this.

Sports fans, I can assure you that this isn’t an India agenda, but why they’re getting named checked is, is because they have the best T20 league in the world hands down, and the talent shining in the IPL, aren’t appearing on the national stage, such as the ones mentioned.

Do you agree with my view, or do you disagree? Let me know in the comments.

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