By Puneet Chaudhary - September 22, 2022
New Delhi3 minutes agoAuthor: Adarsh Kumar
India’s number-1 team in T20 cricket has lost 3 matches in the last 4 matches. The team could not reach the final in the Asia Cup. Now we have lost the first match against Australia also. The situation has become so bad that experts and fans are saying that there is no hope from this team in the next World Cup. In this article, we will try to know where the Indian team is making a mistake. To understand the matter better, first read an incident related to Asia Cup.
India Pakistan was being played in the Super-4 of the Asia Cup. Team India bats first and makes 181 runs. Ravi Bishnoi, a 22-year-old boy born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, comes to bowl the fourth over against the Pakistan team, chasing the target. In front of him was Babar Azam, who was considered the number-1 batsman in the world.
Bishnoi bowls the middle stump with a good length, the ball comes inside after falling. Babar went on the backfoot and tried to play a shot at midwicket, but there captain Rohit Sharma was already standing and he took the catch.
Captain Rohit again handed over the bowling to this young sensation in the 18th over. Bishnoi boldly bowled the third ball in the middle of the three stumps. Asif Ali went to sweep the slog, but the ball took the top edge. The ball went to Arshdeep Singh standing at short third man, but he dropped a simple catch.
Ravi gave only 8 runs in the 18th over. Had this catch been caught, we could have won the match. The team management got Ravi to bowl in the powerplay. He bowled brilliantly, was asked to bowl the death over. He did well there too, but after that the player was dropped from the playing-11 in the very next match.
It was said that Sri Lanka has more left-handed batsmen, so off-spinner R. Ashwin will play. Although Pakistan also had left-handed batters in the form of Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Nawaz, Bishnoi got a chance. Now Bishnoi is not part of the team even in the series against Australia and South Africa.
What happened to Bishnoi is just one example. Captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid have done many such strange experiments in the last few months. Took many such decisions, due to which the right team combination has not been made so far.
Let us tell you about such strange decisions of the team management taken in the past.
1. Umesh Yadav, who has been out for three years, was selected in the team?
In any big team, if a player gets injured or he gets out of the team due to some reason, then the team management trusts the young players, but the opposite is happening in Team India.
If Mohammed Shami is out of the team due to being Corona positive, then 34-year-old fast bowler Umesh Yadav returns. Umesh played his last T20 International match in 2019. It is fine till his return, he is also given a chance in the playing XI. At the same time, Deepak Chahar, who has been playing continuously in India and IPL and also performed well, sits in the dug-out and watches India’s defeat. The interesting thing is that Deepak Chahar is included in the reserve players for the World Cup. At the same time, Umesh is neither a part of the main team of the World Cup nor of the reserve. Nevertheless, he is included in the playing-11.
2. Where did Ashwin suddenly come into the team after 2021?
R. Ashwin was part of the team in the 2021 T20 World Cup. After that he also got a chance in the series against New Zealand. On 19 November 2021, he played the last T20 match for India. Then for 8 months he was out of the shortest format of cricket and suddenly on 29 July 2022, he went to play T20 match against West Indies. After that he got a chance in the Asia Cup and now he is also a part of the World Cup team. In such a situation, now the question arises that if Ashwin was such a better T20 bowler then why was he out for eight months?
3. Bhuvneshwar is making the same mistake again and again, why is the team supporting?
In the India Pakistan Super-4 match in the Asia Cup 2022, Bhuvneshwar gave 19 runs in the 19th over. In the next match against Sri Lanka, he was given the bowling again and he spent 14 runs.
In the match against Australia, Rohit again got Bhuvneshwar to bowl in the death over and he gave 14 runs in the first 17th over and then 16 runs in the 19th over. In 13 innings this year, Bhuvi has bowled in the death overs and during this time his economy has been 10.73.
Team coach Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid are not able to take any bold decision. Dinesh Karthik was dropped from the team in the Asia Cup. At the same time, Deepak Hooda was not bowled even after keeping him in the team, these are decisions which are beyond comprehension.
At the same time, Australia also showed the mirror to India in the first match. His team management got a young player like Cameron Green to open for the first time and he scored 61 runs. The Indian team management will also have to take such bold decisions, otherwise winning the World Cup is also going to be difficult.