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Team India Report Card: Due to these reasons, India’s Naya immersed in T20 World Cup

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Team India Report Card: Due to these reasons, India’s Naya immersed in T20 World Cup

The Indian cricket team’s campaign came to an end in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 with a 9-wicket win against Namibia. Team India suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Pakistan and New Zealand in the first two matches in the Super-12 round. After these 2 defeats, India was in danger of being out of the World Cup and then with the defeat of Afghanistan by New Zealand, Team India’s dream of reaching the semi-finals was shattered.

India may have managed to beat teams like Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia but after suffering a crushing defeat in the first two matches, they fell far behind in the points table of their group, as Pakistan and New Zealand easily won tickets to the semi-finals. This is the first time since 2012 that the Indian team could not make it to the knockouts of any ICC tournament.

Ravi Shastri told the reason for Team India’s disappointing performance in T20 World Cup

After this disappointing performance of Team India, while there is disappointment among Indian cricket fans, cricket experts are questioning the Indian players and the selection committee of BCCI. Although there were many reasons behind the poor performance of the Indian team in the T20 World Cup, but these big reasons have proved to be the ones to get the team out of the tournament.

IPL fatigue battered the players

The Indian cricket team has been playing cricket in the environment of Kovid for the last several months which includes IPL and tour of England. Most of Team India’s players arrived in UAE soon after finishing their long tour of England and went down to play in the second leg of IPL 14. After the conclusion of IPL on 15 October, Indian players started preparing for the T20 World Cup. In such a situation, after playing 2 big tournaments in a row, mental and physical fatigue could be clearly seen in the game of Indian players in the World Cup. This was also confirmed by coach Ravi Shastri immediately before India’s last match in the T20 World Cup. Shastri said about Team India’s dismal performance, “I don’t want to make excuses but players are living in bio-bubble for last 6 months. They are human beings, not machines. Even between IPL and T20 World Cup. There should have been a difference.”

Questions raised on the selection of players

The selection of the team was also a major reason behind India’s poor performance in the T20 World Cup. In the team that India announced for this tournament, big names like Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammad Siraj were missing. These three players performed brilliantly in the second phase of IPL 2021 played in UAE but could not make it to the World Cup squad. Apart from this, players like Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were given opportunities, whose recent form has not been anything special. Hardik Pandya, who was included in the first two matches, could not show anything with the bat and was missing in the bowling.

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New experiment proved fatal between tournaments

The Indian team started its campaign in the T20 World against Pakistan in which it suffered a 10-wicket defeat. With this defeat, India’s invincible record against Pakistan in the World Cup was also broken. This match was going to show the mirror to the Indian team, but even in the next match, captain Virat Kohli did not take any lesson from the defeat against Pakistan. Against New Zealand, captain Virat Kohli, while trying to experiment in the batting order, dropped Ishan Kishan in place of Rohit in the opening and the same decision proved fatal for the Indian team. In this match, none of India’s batsmen could play a big innings and the team could score only 110 runs. In response, the Kiwi team won the match by 8 wickets. With this defeat, Team India’s journey ahead in the World Cup almost came to an end.

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