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Rohit Sharma’s squad is disappointed again, this is Team India’s problem

For Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and co. it was a humiliating defeat in the semi finals against England in the T20 World Cup 2022 on 10 November, as the latter won the match by 10 wickets and booked its place for the finals against Pakistan on 13 November. This led to the Indian team’s long and painful wait for a “World Cup” title to continue.

Now, the Indian team’s lack of success in any of these tournaments — the 2019 ODI World Cup, the 2021 T20 World Cup, or the 2022 T20 World Cup — continues to haunt the entire team and now the entire country.

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However, sports fans may be wondering what exactly went wrong for the Indian side? Let’s take a look at the main factors that have been responsible for India’s failure in the 2022 T20 World Cup:

Rohit Sharma’s promise of playing “fearless cricket” remained only on paper:

A new template of “fearless cricket” was created when skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid formed a new team. Although there is little success in the bilateral series, but for the ICC events, the squad cannot perform on the field. According to the stats, India’s run-rate in the powerplay in this World Cup is ahead of only Netherlands (5.4) and Zimbabwe (5.7) with a run rate of just 6.0. It reflects the conservative cricket of India which brought them the cup.

Not playing a wrist spinner in Australian conditions:

For the Mega-event, India invested heavily in Yuzvendra Chahal, but continued with a defensive strategy in picking Ashwin. India competed in six matches of the T20 World Cup 2022, five of which were in the Super 12s and one in the semifinals. Chahal — the only wrist spinner in the 15-man team — was not used in any of these matches. Both Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin are the targets of continued coaching. As per the statistics, wrist spinners have proven to be viable options for taking wickets in T20 cricket.

Reluctance to drop underperforming players:

Despite having a commendable bench strength, India continued to fulfill the responsibilities in this T20 World Cup. KL Rahul’s performance over the past one year has raised serious questions over his selection as the likes of Sanju Samson were not selected. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling has been a disaster since last one year, despite this, he played in the playing eleven. Bowlers like Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik were not picked due to lack of experience. If experience was the only basis for selection, we could have asked the greats of Zaheer Khan, Aashish Nehra to play in the World Cup.

Lack of pace and pacers in the bowling attack:

India missed Jasprit Bumrah in the tournament. His injury played like a dent in the bowling side of the Indian squad. Although Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar tried their best, but they were not at their best. Even Bumrah’s replacement Mohd Shami could not prove so economical.

An aged group of tired minds and thinkers playing conservative Cricket

India’s worst decision was to rely too much on star and aging players. Virat Kohli (34), Rohit Sharma (35), Suryakumar Yadav (32), Dinesh Karthik (37) and the list goes on. Although the players performed, but the over-dependence on these players, somehow gave an extra inch to the opposition teams. Apart from Kohli and Yadav, hardly any player has matched the classic they are known for.

Khalid Khan

Khalid Khan is CO-Editor for Sports section on Brews.co.in.

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