India is out of T20 World Cup 2021, and it’s the first time they have not been able to qualify for the Semi-finals. New Zealand won the match against Afghanistan comprehensively, leading them to be in the super-4. As they say, History repeats itself, and indeed it has repeated itself for Indian Team. The performance of the Indian Team in the T20 World Cup 2021 resembled the journey of the 2007 World Cup. During this World Cup, it was not only one bad day that changed their fate, but they had a lot of bad days this time.
Disappointment is on every cricket fan’s face to see the Tournament’s favourites getting knocked out of the World Cup. India selected the best squad in bowling options and batting options. However, they still lacked the intensity and perfect playing XI. The irony is that leaving some players out of selection has hurt Indian Team and raised questions on the selection committee.
We will be looking at the points which hurt the Indian Team during this World Cup.
1. Squad Selection :
- No Experienced players :
Indian Team Management has moved away from experienced players like Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal. They played and were in the Indian setup for a long time. The duo had a brilliant IPL and picked up their form to the next level. Shikhar Dhawan finished IPL 2021 with 587 runs in 16 innings and was the highest runs scorer in IPL 2020 in the UAE. Whereas Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 18 wickets but was economical and bowled crucial overs for Royal Challengers Bangalore team.
2. No Leggi played
The Management selected Rahul Chahar ahead of experienced Yuzvendra Chahal but has not chosen him in XI. Not picking Chahal is the biggest mistake the Team made, the pitch on which leg spinners have scalped 60 wickets; India did not play any. Rahul Chahar’s election occurred because he could spin the bowl with a much greater speed to deceive the batsman. But his selection will be now a question for the Team to answer.
3. Defensive Approach used
Indian Team is known for its attacking and dominating nature, but this T20 World Cup has shown the whole Team and nation that the Team goes into a shell and fears losing. The pressure of the big match is not handled very well by the senior players and tend to fail. The Team did not correctly use the situation; when the bowlers started taking wickets, either there were half-chances, misfields or lack of intensity.
4. Batting Collapse
India’s batting has been the primary culprit for the exit from the Tournament in the Group-stage. The opposition bowlers targeted the weaknesses of batters. In response to that tactic, got changed the whole batting line-up. The problem for NO.4 Position has been a man-hunt, even when resources are available in the reserves. New guns like Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan couldn’t fire and lacked the experience of playing on a big stage.
5. HARDIK PANDYA – A burden on Team India
Hardik Pandya, who used to be the all-rounder India was looking for 5 years ago but his fitness has created a lot of questions for Indian Team Management to answer. He is an explosive batsman at no.6 but him, not bowling has created a disbalance in the playing XI and team management. His injury is unknown and due to him being there, Management did not groom any other fast-bowling all-rounder. His career is on the verge to finish if his fitness does not improve.
As an era comes to an end with Kohli’s Captaincy, we can hope that India will lift the trophy in the 2022 T20 World Cup.