Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott has come up with a piece of advice for his bowlers ahead of the third and last T20I of the three-match series against India. Trott feels that the Afghan bowlers need to make the Indian batters feel the pressure during the middle overs to give a touch contest to the hosts in the last T20I of the series.
Notably, the visitors will be eyeing to end their tour of India on a winning note with a consolation win as India have already taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series.
"Looking at getting closer to a good 40 overs from us" - Jonathan Trott ahead of third T20I
India and Afghanistan will take on each other in the third T20I of the series at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru today, in the next few hours.
“I will be looking at getting closer to a good 40 overs from us tomorrow. Being able to put some pressure on the Indian side in the middle overs with the ball would be nice. It's something that we want to get better at if we want to compete at the World Cup (in June). So, plenty to play for at such a historic venue," said Trott during the pre-match press conference on Tuesday ahead of the last T20I against India.
Furthermore, Jonathan Trott also spoke about the star spinner Rashid Khan missing from the Afghanistan squad in the ongoing three-match T20I series against India.
“It is a case of us making sure that we are careful with his back. He is such an influential player. We have to make sure he is 100% ready and not rush him back from that type of surgery. It is important to give him the time and he is working extremely hard,” Trott said about Rashid Khan.
“He has got a few more appointments and check-ups to make sure everything is okay. So, there is no real-time frame. I hope it is sooner rather than later. But there is no pressure and no rush,” he added later.
“We haven't played a lot of T20s recently. As a side, we take a while to get into the rhythm. We saw ourselves build towards that 50-over WC with the Asia Cup and a series before that. Hopefully, tomorrow we can get it all together,” Trott concluded.