Despite the fact that they occurred a year apart, India’s two T20 World Cup losses have been by a margin of at least ten wickets. Five reasons India didn’t win the T20 World Cup are listed below after a thorough analysis.
India suffered a humiliating loss to England in the semifinals, and as a result, they were eliminated from the T20 World Cup. Despite the fact that it may seem impolite, India’s two World Cup appearances, separated by a year, were both marked by losses by 10 wickets.
It was anticipated that India would revolutionize their approach to T20 cricket after they were eliminated from last year’s World Cup in the UAE with a fresh change of guard and the so-called “new batting blueprint,” but a year later, Indian T20 cricket is still stuck in the same rut.
The vulnerabilities are still very much present if you want to defeat Pakistan in India’s first Super-12 match since Ravi Shastri retired and Virat Kohli gave over the captaincy.
India has lost an ICC competition for the seventh time in nine years, despite coming close once again. The Men in Blue, who once again faltered in a knockout match, are again under heavy scrutiny due to the infamous “C” word, which has come to be associated with South Africa over the years.
This will be a hard pill to stomach for a team that has dominated bilateral series at home and pulled off some memorable victories abroad. While part of it may be the result of tactical mistakes, most of it was caused by underlying issues that came to light when it mattered most.
What were they? After careful consideration, we have come up with a list of five reasons why India was unable to claim the T20 World Cup.
No room for India’s top wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal
No matter what, Only the team management knows why Yuzvendra Chahal is still benched in favor of R Ashwin despite being India’s top limited-overs spinner with 21 wickets from 19 games.
Many people thought India would learn from the error of leaving Chahal out of their T20 World Cup squad last year, but that was not the case. Shadab Khan of Pakistan and Adil Rashid of England frequently caused trouble for hitters with their wrist spin in this event, but Chahal did not receive a single game. Why? We might never find out.
However, it sends out an even worse message if the tactical decision was made with the idea that Ashwin can help you out with runs, as he did by scoring the winning runs against Pakistan and slamming a six and a four against Bangladesh.
India’s renowned top-order deserves a beating and to have their roles in the squad reevaluated if Ashwin the spinner is included in the playing XI as an all-rounder.
Powerplay Confusion: Where did the novel hitting strategy go?
After India lost to Pakistan and New Zealand in the World Cup last year, the epithet “timid” began to represent their batting approach. Sure enough, after Rohit Sharma took over as coach, things changed, even if it meant one of India’s finest batters looked awkward.
Even if Rohit’s fluency was far from perfect, his new role was at the very least interesting. Watching India, led by Rohit, go after the bowling during the Powerplay was refreshing and was predicted to be a game-changer for the team.
DK vs. Pant: Youth over experience is not the way to go in T20s
T20 is a young man’s game, so even with Dinesh Karthik’s recent dives, picking up a 37-year-old for the World Cup seemed a risky choice. Over the years, India has encountered innumerable predicaments that were created for Karthik, situations in which he would have imagined himself saving India.
With the exception of the Nidahas Trophy final, though, Karthik has often missed his chance. Although everyone enjoys a good comeback tale, in T20 cricket, performance is more important than fairy tales. DK’s selection over the hot-shot Rishabh Pant was perplexing on many counts.
The man, who is already a Test match legend, broke the ODI code earlier this year in England with a century.
Maintaining KL Rahul as the leader
Eight months into 2022, in August at the Asia Cup, KL Rahul played his first T20I match of the year. Rahul did not participate in a single T20I match for India between November 19, 2021, and August 28, 2022, and he was immediately inserted back into the opener’s position.
Since his return, Rahul has amassed four half-centuries, all of which have been achieved at an aimless strike rate. Rahul struck two more 50s during the World Cup—against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe—but each time, Rahul fell short of expectations when the stakes were high.
Rahul resembles a pallid version of himself now. Rahul no longer explodes when he hits a huge six like he used to. Even Rahul, an IPL player for the Punjab Kings, could have benefited India. But unfortunately… It’s time for Indian cricket to move on from him, at least in T20Is, especially with Shubman Gill waiting in the wings and in excellent form.
True tempo is lacking
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep excelled. While the young left-arm pacer, very correctly, established himself as the next big thing in Indian cricket, the seasoned India quick displayed glimmers of his glorious self.
India lacked a true pacer who could consistently hit 145 ticks on Australian pitches, though. The instant Jasprit Bumrah sustained an injury, the alarm bells began to ring, and despite Mohammed Shami’s late SOS—he hadn’t participated in a T20I since November of last year—India had a significant box left unticked.
It’s time to get up and get moving.
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