What led to the early exit of Team India from the T20 World Cup??

Hello Guys,

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.

Hardik Pandya training for bowling ahead of the big games

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.

Yuzvendra Chahal

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.

Virat Kohli playing his last tournament as the Captain of Indian Team in T20Is

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??

Do tell me in the comment box….

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9 Thoughts

  1. The t20 side in my opinion needs a ramp up. Lot of difficult decisions would need to be taken. Personally I feel hardik pandya is not doing that great when it comes to his position on the team. He is not bowling consistently and just as a batter, we do have better options….even with the spinners . They prepared chahal and kuldeep for yrs and then suddenly played chakravarthy. I believe a better option was axar Patel. After kohli’s captaincy has ended , it will have to be seen what the new captain visualizes for this team and which players he backs.

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  2. Not playing Ashwin was a pretty big mistake too. He is, after all, one of the most experienced bowlers on the side! And, I agree, playing Varun Chakravarthy was a big mistake, he doesn’t have any experience!
    And the batting should have been better, what with Rahul, Rohit, Kohli and Pant on the side!

    Great post and analysis Vikas!

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  3. Selectors need to look for other all-rounder options, other than Hardik Pandya. No doubt he has been a key member of the team since his debut, but his past one year performance has been going down.
    Also, I believe selectors shouldn’t just select the players based on their hard-hitting skills or IPL performances.
    I believe selectors will learn from this, and change their methods of team selection.

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    1. That’s a really important point, Yash. Selectors do need to look beyond IPL as many talented young players don’t get regular IPL games. Hardik also needs to improve a lot if he wants a permanent place in this squad.

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