The crucial 56-run partnership in just 32 balls between Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma emerged as the decisive factor, leading India to a 20-run victory over Australia in the fourth T20I in Raipur, ultimately securing the series win.
While the series triumph was assured, a more significant victory for the Indian team in the context of T20 World Cup preparation was the remarkable partnership between Rinku and Jitesh. This collaboration occurred at a critical juncture when the Men in Blue were facing pressure, showcasing the capabilities of the two batsmen.
Here are three reasons why Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma should be regarded as key components in India’s T20 World Cup starting lineup next year:
#1 Demonstrated success in domestic and IPL competitions
Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma’s stellar performances in domestic cricket and the IPL, along with their proven ability in the finishing role, make them valuable assets for India’s T20 World Cup XI.
Rinku has amassed 2198 runs in 105 T20s at a remarkable strike rate of 147.22, while Jitesh has scored 2253 runs in 101 T20 matches at a strike rate of almost 150. Their track record suggests that India could greatly benefit by relying on these accomplished lower-middle-order batsmen.
#2 Courageous mindset
In just nine T20Is for India, Rinku Singh has displayed a level of comfort, accumulating 174 runs with a remarkable strike rate of 197.72. He emphasizes remaining calm in crucial moments and relies on his power-hitting prowess to contribute to the team.
Similarly, Jitesh Sharma adopts a fearless approach, unconcerned about potential failure affecting his chances. His rapid 35, featuring three significant sixes, exemplified this bold style.
Over the last decade, India’s challenge in significant ICC events has often been attributed to their mindset. This narrative could shift if Rinku and Jitesh maintain their fearless play, injecting an X-factor into the team.
#3 Rinku and Jitesh complement each other exceptionally
India’s fourth T20I showcased Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma’s adept situational awareness. Rinku focused on partnerships initially, unleashing his attacking play later, while Jitesh confidently displayed power-hitting skills.
Considering them for the T20 World Cup could provide India with flexibility in the lower order. With Hardik Pandya’s return, Jitesh, a wicketkeeper-batsman, fits well, offering an opportunity to trust them on the global stage in the West Indies and USA next year.