- The disappointing performance of the Indian cricket team in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup is an awakening call for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mandarins. The huge following and monumental fan base enjoyed by the game has taken a beating courtesy of consistent underperformance during the marquee ICC events. The shortest formats of the game have become a bugbear for the stalwart team despite boasting some of the biggest names in the cricketing world. It’s becoming a recurrent phenomenon watching Team India fail to cross the finishing line even though we are always considered one of the favourites every single time. So why is Team India faltering when they could easily go all the way with such talent?
PC: Neeraj Singh Bisht
- You cannot label Team India as inexperienced or endowed with wannabe cricketers taking their initial steps in the international arena anymore. Every team member selected is a proven professional having made their presence felt over the years at the highest level. Moreover, some of the players have proved their mettle in the truly international league like the Indian Premier League contesting against the best talents of the world. Did someone say chokers? Yes, even the legendary Kapil Dev mentioned the dreaded word after our semi-final exit against England in the T20 World Cup. Keen followers of Indian cricket would vouch that we indeed are becoming chokers by consistently failing to go the distance. What would you call otherwise?
- The BCCI should be cracking the whip wherever required and go back to the drawing board to chalk out a comprehensive plan to make Team India the world beaters. Look not far from England which has different captains as well as supporting staff for the longest and the shortest format. We all know how England has altered white-ball cricket over the last few years. The result is there for all to see, both the 50-over and 20-over World Cup are theirs. If this strategy has worked for England, it must work for other teams too. Having a single captain for all three formats of the game is passe. To begin with, Indian red-ball and white-ball captaincy must be anchored by two different captains and the head coaches, respectively.
- It may sound preposterous, but there is no way senior players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli should be considered for the shortest format. Yes, they have been super performers with mind-boggling achievements and the statistics speak for themselves. But their services should be reserved for the Tests and 50-over cricket for the time being. The IPL has been a grooming ground for talented Indian cricketers. Blooding some exciting talents from this pool should be prioritized. Look at Surya Kumar Yadav. The no.1 T20 batter in the world, and a talent emerging from the IPL. There is no way Indian cricket fans will keep swallowing the disappointments time and again. They expect results and quickly at that. The BCCI must go about addressing these issues urgently.