Why Team India Can’t Perform Well Against Good Teams Especially in ICC Tournaments?

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What Went Wrong For Team India?

India’s performance in the T20 World Cup was their poorest in previous years, as they were knocked out in the group stages.

India, despite winning their last three games and losing to Pakistan and New Zealand, failed to reach the semi-finals, and Captain Virat Kohli was left without an ICC title in the T20 format.

In the World Cup, India’s batting was a major disappointment, and selection gambles such as all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was selected despite not having fully recovered from injury, backfired.

This was the first time since 2012 that India have failed to reach the semi-finals of an ICC event.

After the year 2013, Team India has never won an ICC competition. The main reason for this is the team’s poor performance in the knockout matches. After all, what has happened to India in the last eight years that they have been denied this major title?

The last ICC trophy has been presented by Dhoni. Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, Team India won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, followed by the World Cup in 2015, the T20 World Cup in 2016, the Champions Trophy in 2017, and the World Cup in 2019. Unable to win the championship.

While India’s record in bilateral matches has been consistently excellent – across formats – in ICC competitions, it seems to be a struggle to get across the finish line. India hasn’t won a trophy since winning the Champions Trophy in England in 2013, despite being ranked first in the world or considered favourites for the tournament at the time.

India lost in the semi-finals of the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups, as well as the 2016 T20 World Cup. They were defeated in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy by Pakistan, and in the inaugural Test World Championship final earlier this year, Virat Kohli’s team was defeated by New Zealand following a great two-year run.

Reasons Behind Team India’s Failure in T20 World Cup

A lot has been said about India’s dismal show at the showpiece event. Let us have a look at some of the key points that has contributed to India’s early exit from the T20 World Cup.

  • Bio Bubble Fatigue

Most Indian players have been on the road since June, when the Test team arrived in England for the World Test Championship final, including skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant, among others. The players were then transferred inside the Indian Premier League (IPL) bio-bubble in the UAE after a five-Test series against Joe Root’s side. The T20 World Cup Round 1 action began on October 17 in Oman and the UAE, while the IPL 2021 final was played on October 15. India played their first match on October 24 and then took a week off before facing New Zealand in their second encounter. One of the reasons for India’s poor performance, according to Jasprit Bumrah, was bio-bubble fatigue.

  • Unsettled Playing XI

India threw out two alternative opening combinations, with KL and Rohit appearing to be the first pick, and KL and Ishan appearing to be the second. India lost by eight wickets in a must-win match against New Zealand, with Rohit Sharma demoted to number three and Ishan Kishan opening the batting. Kishan, who had been called up as a reserve opener, was given the opportunity to open with KL Rahul. Kohli, the captain, went down a notch to number four in the batting order.

  • Hardik Pandya’s Fitness

Given that the all-rounder hasn’t played a prospective bowler owing to back difficulties, Hardik Pandya’s selection in the T20 World Cup has been questioned. He was selected for the match against Pakistan, but he suffered a shoulder injury during batting and had to be taken for scans before the India captain could use his bowling talents. His poor record with the bat and lack of contribution with the ball, on the other hand, added to India’s troubles.

  • Virat Kohli’s Captaincy

After the World Cup, Kohli has indicated that he will step down as India’s T20 captain. Kohli has guided India to victory in four ICC tournaments: the 2017 Champions Trophy, the 2019 50-over World Cup, the World Test Championship (WTC), and the present T20 World Cup. India did not win a single medal in any of these competitions. India has had a long title drought, with its most recent big event victory coming in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England and Wales.

Sunil Gavaskar’s explanation on India’s Current Form

Sunil Gavaskar recently stated why the Indian cricket team struggles to score against good teams. He believes that Team India’s batting strategy in the powerplay overs needs to change.

“It’s not like India lost all of its matches, so making too many changes in a team isn’t acceptable.” The batsmen failed to deliver what was expected of them in two matches, which is why India is in such a bad situation right now. “We need to rethink our strategy,” says the legend.

He added:

“The fact that in the first 6 overs, there are only 2 fielders outside the 30-yard-circle, India haven’t taken advantage of it for the last few ICC tournaments. Which is why, whenever India are up against a strong team, one that has good bowlers, India cannot score. So that needs to change”.

So, do you think same as Gavaskar?

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