Team India, the biggest contender for the T20 World Cup is out of the tournament even before qualifying for the knockout stage.
Nobody, literally nobody, would have imagined that things will go in such a manner for the superpower of cricket.
It’s been more than 9 years since when India failed to qualify for the knockout stages of an ICC tournament. It was way back in 2012.
More than the result what’s even more surprising is the way Indian Team played in the first two important games of this tournament.
They certainly missed the intensity and never looked playing like a champion side.
But what could be the reason of such a drastic failure by one of the most consistent team??
Certainly there were multiple reasons which led to the complete failure of the Indian Team.
Let’s have a close look at all those reasons :
1. Terrible Team Selection
The first step to have an impact on a big tournament is to select your best 15 players and then field your best playing XI according to the situations and opponent.
Sadly, Indian team neither had the right combination in the 15-member squad nor in the playing XI.
With Hardik Pandya not bowling, Team India literally had only one all-rounder in the form of Ravindra Jadeja.
The kind of impact all-rounders have in T20s, going with just one all-rounder was a huge mistake.
Yuzvendra Chahal was also dropped even after showing good form in IPL and Sri Lanka series.
Thus, Indian Team never had the intensity needed with spinners in the big games.
2. Lack of Fearless Approach
When was the last time did Indian Team scored just 110 runs even after playing all the 20 overs in a T20 game??
Rohit Sharma being pushed to number-4 position to save him from Trent Boult!!
The batting unit not even trying to unsettle the opponent bowlers.
All these things looked really weird to anyone who followed the India vs New Zealand match.
Just one bad game against Pakistan and the panic button was switched on…
They didn’t play like a champion side in the first two games and had to pay the price for it by being pushed out of the tournament.
3. Unsettled Combination
Choosing Varun Chakravarthy, someone who’s just played a couple of games at the international level, as the leading spinner in your playing XI, was a huge gamble.
He didn’t take a single wicket in three games and never looked like he’s got any mystery for which he was actually picked.
Ravindra Jadeja was the only all-rounder in the playing XI and thus Team India never had the sixth bowling option.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s form and fitness were a huge concern before the beginning of the tournament, and it meant that Team India had no impact with new ball.
Jasprit Bumrah looked like the only T20 specialist while all others clearly failed to make any impact in the first two big games.
Indian Team also tried a Two-Squad Approach just before the World Cup to check their bench strength still they were short of ideas when they came into the big games.
When a team makes so many mistakes in just two games it’s bound to get knocked out of the tournament and that’s what happened in this tournament with Team India.
This was Virat Kohli‘s last tournament as the captain of the Indian side and his fans wanted a much better outcome.
MS Dhoni was also included in the support as the mentor of the side, but things still didn’t go India’s way.
Let’s hope India bounce back really hard and perform much better in the next two big ICC tournaments scheduled in 2022 & 2023.
What are your thoughts on Team India’s performance??
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