New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram believes Tuesday’s T20I against India in Chennai will offer invaluable preparation ahead of the ICC World Twenty20.
Having seen the first T20I between the nations washed out on Saturday, the Black Caps have limited practice time ahead of their opening WT20 match against Bangladesh on September 21.
Oram is keen to get the most out of the meeting with India and subsequent games against Australia and South Africa when they arrive in Sri Lanka. The 34-year-old told bcci.tv.: “Unfortunately now four [games] has gone down to three, so we have to make sure that every game we do play we can work out something about ourselves [in the process]. There is tactics and line-up and team make-up that we can [work out and] use going forward to Sri Lanka.”
As a veteran of 30 T20Is, Oram is relishing the challenges that lie ahead over the next few weeks in the shortest form of the game.“[Twenty20 cricket] is so intense and so fast-paced - batsmen are trying to score runs a lot quicker and bowlers are trying to limit the scoring opportunities for batsmen,” the Palmerston North-born cricketer explained.
“So, in terms of batting, you try and find a boundary and in terms of bowling you can just try and need to bowl good yorkers, slower balls and bouncers to help limit scoring opportunities.”
Oram is confident the experience he gained during the recent Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) will stand him in good stead when he returns to the country this week.
The New Zealander was part of the successful Uva Next in the inaugural edition of the tournament. He explained: “It helps with understanding the conditions that we are going to play in [during the World T20 in Sri Lanka]. It was only two weeks back that we were playing in the SLPL. So, the understanding of the conditions will help. We are playing in Pallakele where I played three games; so it’s going to be a big bonus.
"Also, there were about 15 Pakistani players in the league and we have got Pakistan in our group; that helps us a lot as well. Definitely, there are some benefits out of that tournament.”