ICC’s notorious blunder is back: India lose T20 World Cup due to five errors
Despite the fact that they came a year apart, India’s two World T20 losses were by at least ten wickets. Five reasons why India did not win the T20 World Cup are given below after a thorough analysis.
India suffered a humiliating loss to England in the semi-finals and was knocked out of the T20 World Cup as a result. Despite the fact that it may seem impolite, India’s two World Cup appearances, separated by a year, were both marred by 10-wicket losses.
India was expected to change their approach to T20 cricket after they were knocked out of last year’s World Cup in the UAE with a new changing of the guard and a so-called ‘new batting plan’, but a year later, Indian T20 cricket is still stuck in the same rut.
Vulnerabilities are still very much present if you want to beat Pakistan in India’s first Super-12 match since Ravi Shastri retired and Virat Kohli relinquished the captaincy.
India lost the ICC competition for the seventh time in nine years despite coming close again. The men in blue, who once again faltered in the knockout stage, are once again under heavy scrutiny because of the infamous ‘C’ word that has come to be associated with South Africa over the years.
That will be a tough pill to stomach for a team that has dominated back-to-back series at home and had some memorable wins abroad. While some of this may have been the result of tactical errors, most of it was due to underlying issues that came to light when it mattered most.
what it was? After careful consideration, we have come up with a list of five reasons why India could not win the T20 World Cup.
There is no place for India’s best player on Yuzvend Chahal’s wrist
Regardless, only the team management knows why Yuzvendra Chahal is still on the bench in favor of R Ashwin despite being India’s top limited-overs player with 21 wickets from 19 matches.
Many thought that India would learn from the mistake of dropping Chahal from their T20 World Cup squad last year, but that was not the case. Pakistan’s Shadab Khan and England’s Adil Rashid often gave the hitters trouble with wrist spin in this one, but Chahal didn’t get a single game. Why? We may never find out.
But it sends an even worse message if the tactical decision was made with the idea that Ashwin can help you with the runs, as he did when he scored the winning runs against Pakistan and hit a six and a four against Bangladesh.
Powerplay Confusion: Where did the new hitting strategy go?
After India lost to Pakistan and New Zealand in the World Cup last year, their batting approach came to represent the epithet ‘shy’. Of course, things changed when Rohit Sharma took over as coach, even if it meant one of India’s best batsmen looked embarrassed.
While Rohit’s fluency was far from perfect, his new role was interesting, to say the least. It was refreshing to watch Rohit-led India go after the bowling during the Powerplay and it was predicted to be a game-changer for the team.
DK vs. Pant: Youth over experience is not the way to go in T20
T20 is a game for the young, so despite Dinesh Karthik’s recent dips, picking up the 37-year-old for the World Cup seemed a risky choice. Over the years, India has encountered countless problems that have been created for Karthik, situations where he would imagine himself saving India.
However, with the exception of the Nidahas Trophy final, Karthik often missed his chance. While everyone enjoys a good comeback story, in T20 cricket, performance is more important than fairy tales. The selection of DK over the hot Rishabh Pant was puzzling in many ways.
Already a Test match legend, the man cracked the ODI code earlier this year in England with a century.
Keeping KL Rahul as leader
Rahul did not play a single T20I match for India between 19 November 2021 and 28 August 2022 and was immediately dropped back to the opener’s position.
Rahul scored two more fifties during the World Cup – against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe – but each time Rahul fell short of expectations when the stakes were high.
Rahul now resembles a pale version of himself. But alas… It is time for Indian cricket to move on from him, at least in T20Is, especially with Shubman Gill waiting in the wings and in great form.
Lacks real pace
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep excelled for India. While the young left-arm paceman has very rightly established himself as the next big thing in Indian cricket, the seasoned India all-rounder has been quick to show glimpses of his glorious self.
However, India lacked a true pacer who could hit 145 ticks consistently on Australian pitches. The moment Jasprit Bumrah suffered an injury, alarm bells started ringing and despite a late SOS from Mohammed Shami – who has not featured in a T20I since November last year – a significant box remained unticked for India.
It’s time to get up and move.