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T20 format is the ideal launchpad for youngsters, says Rohit Sharma
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T20 format is the ideal launchpad for youngsters, says Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma confirmed India's focus on inducting young talent in the T20 side was a strategy to prepare them for ODI and Test cricket while not losing track of their ultimate goal of excelling in the format.

India are currently placed fifth in the ICC rankings for T20I teams and with the World Cup scheduled in Australia next year, questions persist over their maverick approach to experiment with the composition of the unit.

Rohit is presently leading an inexperienced Indian side with Virat Kohli rested among other senior players.

He is facing pressure to achieve a series-levelling victory against Bangladesh, who recently completed their maiden win over India in the format.

"We want to try a lot of players to make them ready for the other formats," Sharma told reporters ahead of the second T20I.

"Because this is the format where these individuals can come out and express themselves so that they are ready for ODI and Test cricket."

India handed a T20I debut to Shivam Dube the other night but he failed to make an impact with either bat or ball while rookie paceman Khaleel Ahmed was guilty of leaking a lot of runs in Bangladesh's seven-wicket win.

"We have seen a lot of players who have emerged from this format," Rohit said, hoping the players would work on their shortcomings.

"But having said that, winning games is the first priority," he stressed.

Rohit, who has amassed three double centuries in one-day internationals, has also gone on to prove his mettle in Test cricket filling in the role as opener during India's 3-0 win over South Africa.

The 32-year-old was the highest run-scorer in the World Cup earlier this summer with 648 runs in nine innings.