Much is written and talked about about Team India’s disastrous performance against England in T20 Globalism 2022 Cup semi-finals – how they failed to deal with pressure, how they were unable to perform with the bat, the ball or on the field among other things. But for me, the famous Indian team lost the championship on the day the great event team was chosen.
Although Indian fans wanted their team to win the T20 World Cup after 15 years, let’s accept that the team was not suited to do well in shape. If it could be a miracle India He would go on to win the cup but miracles happen once or twice, not all the time. Now the discussion should revolve around how to rebuild a good Indian T20 team that can win the 2024 T20 World Cup.
T20 World Cup 2022: Championship of the ages!
Let us first analyze where we have gone wrong and how we can learn several things from England who became the champions by defeating the talented Pakistan team in the final.
The Indian side who were knocked out in the semi-finals against England were not a T20 side of the 21st century. It was an aging team with over fifty percent of the players on the wrong side which is 30. It wasn’t the fittest team either.
One of the reasons India won the inaugural World Cup in 2007 was because the team was full of young players – fit, brave and fast. India, by design or by chance, one way or another, cracked the T20 code at the time. But then they did not fail and therefore they failed to win the World Cup again.
The 2007 team showed us how a group of inexperienced, fearless, physically fit and mentally fit cricketers can do wonders for the glory of the country.
Despite being the superstars of the time, all the big guns – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly – stepped aside from the action – and let newbies like Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Joginder Sharma, S Sreesanth and Yuvraj Singh show themselves in front of the world.
But this year’s team was doomed because very old and unfit players such as Rohit, KL Rahul, R Ashwin, Bovneshwar Kumar and Muhammad Shami were there on the team, while England, or Pakistan, for that matter, had younger and superior players. . A proper team.
In batting, bowling, and fielding they had Test team flavor rather than T20s.
The Indian selectors seem to have confused the selection of the T20 team with Test team or ODIs and forgot that to win different formats you have to have a different set of cricketers. India needed more players with pure T20 abilities like what England picked in Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Alex Hales and Phil Salt playing brand new cricket suitable for the shortest form.
They may not be great test players but they are the stars in the T20s. In batting, they are all 360 degree players who can hit the ball all over the park. They showed courage in choosing their team and didn’t even hesitate to drop Joe Root’s test spell on skills only. In beating India we only had Suryakumar Yadav who possessed this kind of ability. All the other hitters were more traditional in their approaches which is why they were sometimes slow on the run or were restricted by the good and tight T20 bowling as we saw in the first 10 runs against England.
Nowadays, in every good T20 team we see one or two high quality fast bowling and a high quality wrist spinner. Although it is said that T20 is a game of hitters but if we observe closely, teams with good bowling formations end up winning the most matches on good flat surfaces around the world.
The first semi-final match that Pakistan won against New Zealand was due to their superior bowling attack. They had three top-notch lollipops and a real wrist spinner in Shadab Khan and tied New Zealand in shape around 150 which helped them secure a place in the final. Even England has two wrist deer in Adel Rashid and Livingston part-time while New Zealand has Ish Sodhi.
Even a team like Sri Lanka, who failed to qualify for the semi-finals, had a quality player in Wanindu Hasaranga who was absolutely outstanding throughout the tournament.
Of the four teams that qualified for the semi-finals, India was the only bowling team that lacked a high-quality fast bowler or wrist rotator, and their strong English team smashing into the Adelaide Oval was a foregone conclusion.
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The Indian fast attacker featuring Bovneshwar, Shami and Archdeep Singh was more swing-oriented and probably did well in England, but in Australia, with their pace, they were meant to be beaten out of the park as the England team did. Axar Patel and Ashwin’s finger movement was obscene and inappropriate for Australian courts and they were ruthlessly beaten by every team in the tournament.
Has anyone thought that in the semi-finals, why did India strike so slowly in the first six matches after losing Rahul and why England’s top two played fearless shots from the word go? It’s not that the Indian hitters can’t play those extravagant shots but the different hitting styles came from the same psychological aspect.
While top tier hitters in England know that in trying to get more runs if they lose a wicket, there are pads of middle and lower tier hitters because they hit so deep. Can you imagine players like Sam Curran and Chris Woakes at 8 and 9!
Top-tier Indian hitters don’t have that luxury because they don’t have anything beyond the number 6 and this gave England’s top hitters a psychological advantage.
Like the class, the player’s current form is also an important aspect to winning an event like the World Cup. But India has received quite a few non-outstanding cricketers like Rohit, Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Aksar, Harshal Patel and Bhuveneshwar. Thus, they were bound to suffer.
As most of us would agree that T20 is a very different game entirely, India needs a new T20 coach and captain who can apply innovative tactics like this. England showed how each team needs different tactics in the batting and bowling division. Their battles were more flexible and innovative. There was no stiffness.
Indian selectors must accept that T20 is a rapidly evolving format and that they need people on top who are innovative and can stay ahead of the curve.
It’s not that we don’t have T20 specialists in our local circle. rackets such as Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Prithvi Shaw, Rajat Patidar, Tilak Varma, Jitesh Sharma, Abhishek Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal; allrounders such as Shabhaz Ahmed, Raj Bawa, Rahul Tewatia and Washington Sundar; Bowlers like Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, Imran Malik, Mohsin Khan, Kuldeep Sen and Kartik Tyagi have done well in the IPL and the local circuit. It’s time to give them a chance in the Indian T20 group and see how they handle the pressure of international cricket.