Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody reckons India sabotaged the 2019 World Cup campaign by creating uncertainties among the playing group. Moody feels there was a lot of change and chop in the Indian team, which led to the team’s downfall in the ODI showpiece. India also didn’t have a settle middle order and it was their Achilles Heel in the major tournament.
Furthermore, the selectors backed the young players in place of the experienced players and it was a huge mistake. Ambati Rayudu was dropped for the World Cup squad whereas callow players like Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant were selected.
Tom Moody reveals the reason behind India’s debacle in the World Cup
As there was a constant change in the playing combinations, the players were also not sure of their respective places in the side. Apart from players like Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan, there were doubts about the places of the other players.
There was no proper planning from the team management and the selectors and thus the team had to pay the price in the semi-final.
“The best example was the campaign in England (ICC World Cup 2019). When it seemed that India, twelve months out, they were ready to play that tournament. But in the next twelve months in the actual lead up to the tournament, did their very best to sabotage their hopes of winning the tournament.
“By changing batting orders, by changing personnel within the batting order, creating uncertainty among the whole playing group. When you come into major tournaments that’s when you crystalize people’s thinking and thoughts and not be influenced by the white noise. What the media might be talking about because you know exactly what path you are on. What exactly you need to be doing. You just need to remain consistent with that because players also sense the uncertainty when those things are happening,” Tom Moody said while talking to Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz.
Meanwhile, India was brilliant in the league stage, only losing to England and winning the rest of their matches. In fact, Virat Kohli’s team finished at the top of the points table with 15 points in nine matches. However, the team was not at his best in the semi-final contest against New Zealand.
The Indian team lost three early wickets in the knockout match and could not recover despite a great effort from Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni.