Playing in the overseas T20 leagues won’t change India’s shy style: Darren Lehman
Deeming the Men in Blue for being too timid in the semi-final against England, the former Australian Globalism Cup winner Darren Lehmann said it was a missed opportunity India In the recently concluded 2022 T20 World Cup.
He further said that Indian cricketers had no shortage of overseas T20 franchise experience, and that their only weakness was lack of attacking style, which would not necessarily change if Indian cricketers were allowed to play in overseas T20 tournaments.
With the kind of fighting power India has, you have to wonder why they played with such a cautious approach in their first 10 overs against England. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul should have taken more risks initially, but instead they played very safe. As a result, there was a lot that batsmen ultimately had to do in dead ends,” Lehman said.
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India managed only 38-1 in the powerplay, then 62-2 in their first ten overs. While Rahul scored only five off five balls, Sharma was woefully out of touch in his 28-ball, 27-run stay. Despite fighting half a century ago Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, it left much to do to them and the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant.
Later, England had come home by 10 wickets as Jos Butler and Alex Hales put on a stunning 170-run stand for the first wicket.
Despite the change in captain and coaching staff, India failed to advance past the semi-finals, adding to the ICC Cup drought since 2013.
“Look, India are a very competitive team and they obviously have the guys to do the job. Why don’t they, or why haven’t they won anything for so long, obviously the management and selectors have to take a look? Reflection on their approach to T20 cricket”.
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When asked if Indian cricketers should be allowed to participate in overseas leagues to gain more experience and win an ICC event like this T20 World Cup, Lehmann did not necessarily agree with the premise.
“The IPL was held in the UAE last two seasons? And the World Cup took place in the UAE last year, right? Did India win that? I don’t think it’s about getting experience abroad. The Indian players have enough T20 experience and enough experience to play in different conditions. It’s The issue of getting their work right.
“It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t play abroad. We’d like to have them in the Big Bash League here in Australia, for example. It would be great for the development of the league, as well as the development of some young Indian players. But will it make the whole Indian team bold enough?” Enough?’ No, they lost because of their conservative approach and England blew them away with ease, said Lehmann.
The former Australian coach was also disappointed that the hosts were unable to reach the semi-finals under Aaron Finch.
“I think it was a missed opportunity because the tournament didn’t see an Australia and India final, or even a semi-final. Just like India, Australia needs to rethink T20 cricket and how they want to approach it. We (Australia) need to do more from the start, But we couldn’t. Losing to New Zealand was the reason we lost run-rate – that loss alone hurts our run-rate. I think the Australian players didn’t cope well with the pressure of the World Cup on home soil.”
Of course, it was also painful for the Australian fans to see arch-rivals England lift the trophy, their second T20 World Cup victory after 2010. Lehmann said they deserved to win.
“Look at players like Joss Butler and Ben Stokes. They’ve risen to the challenge and dragged their team through. They’re a very explosive team with both bat and ball, and I think England in white-ball cricket are way ahead of everyone else at the moment. They deserved to win.” with the title for the type of cricket they played.
“Just look at the semi-finals. India are such a good side, but they were at least 20 runs short on friendly Adelaide gate. 160-170 is not good enough for this England side. You need at least 180 or even 190-200 against them,” they are good “.
Looking back, the 2022 T20 World Cup has ended up being one of the best tournaments the format has seen since then, particularly since its inception in 2007.
Lehmann felt that the various upsets throughout the tournament were only good for the game in general, and that the huge crowds were indicative of this.
“You look at the crowds at each of those games. They were amazing. Of course, we had a lot of Indian and Pakistani fans, and they always turn up at World Cups. That’s where it’s disappointing for the Australian team, because they would have loved to have that.” Kind of support if they are semi-finalists or finalists.
“There was some hard-fought cricket in this tournament. The Netherlands were fantastic beating South Africa, and it’s still a bit inconsequential as to how the Proteas lost that match. And Pakistan of course benefited a lot from it. But you’re also looking at teams Like Ireland and Zimbabwe winning Super 12 matches; it’s good for world cricket when this happens. It upsets the world cricket system a bit and gives us a competitive tournament.”
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