'If you keep chopping and changing after every result, the confusion will be there'- Ajay Jadeja's advice to Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma on repeated experimentations

Ajay Jadeja has urged skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid to avoid excessive chopping and changing after every result in the shortest format.

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Former India batter Ajay Jadeja has criticized India skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid's excessive player experimentations which ultimately went on to cost them a place in the Asia Cup 2022 final earlier this month. Even though the Men in Blue have not lost any bilateral series in the shortest format this year, they could not make it to the summit clash of the Asia Cup 2022.

Commenting on the repeated experimentations, Jadeja said that one must continue the process instead of just chopping and changing after every result as it will only end up creating an unending confusion in the team. At the same time, the ex-middle-order batter also urged that there needs to be strong internal conversations within the team as well.

You have to continue the process: Ajay Jadeja

“You have to continue the process. If you keep chopping and changing after every result, the confusion will be there, which is quite an old thing with Indian cricket. That can be avoided. I know there will be coordination between the captain and coach, but it's important to have that even in front of the press,” Jadeja said on Cricbuzz.

“It isn't as if we weren't the captain or we didn't do press conferences. Sometimes, you have to say certain things in press conference because they might be important. But your team knows why exactly it was said. Your internal conversations with the team should be strong, and there should be no need to justify those things in front of the press," he added.

"Wins and losses are part of the game, but there shouldn't be any confusion over team combinations. There shouldn't be statements about "trying out things" and other similar remarks. You need to understand that these are players and they have families. When they read them... such things do pop up at a certain point of time. In front of media, both captains and coach should be consistent with their statements. Inside, you can debate as much as you want," the cricketer-turned-cricket expert further added.

In the last few months, plenty of chopping and changing was done in the Indian T20I side that saw different players being auditioned in the playing XI as a part of the process including the likes of Umran Malik, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, etc. 

Apart from team selections, batting order was also changed with middle-order sensation Suryakumar Yadav and wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant promoted as openers.