Team India Lost The 2019 World Cup Due To A Poor Planning: Irfan Pathan
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Team India Lost The 2019 World Cup Due To A Poor Planning: Irfan Pathan

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Former Indian all-rounder, Irfan Pathan has recently said that team India lost the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a lack of proper planning. The India National Cricket Team lost the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand and were eliminated in the second consecutive World Cup semi-final.

A lot of fans and former cricketers were outraged in the manner in which the team was handled. Going into the coveted tournament, the biggest issue for the team was to find a perfect number four. The Indian team failed to do that and kept trying options in the middle of the world cup. Consequently, their top order was exposed in the semi-final by the Kiwi bowlers and the Men in Blue had no answers in the middle-order.

Ben Stokes, England vs India, World Cup 2019

Now, Irfan Pathan has also highlighted their weakness going into the tournament, and he believes they should have had proper planning.

Irfan Pathan Opens Up On India’s Loss In The 2019 World Cup

Irfan Pathan said, “To be honest if you look at the 2019 world cup, it was clearly bad planning. I think the team can do better planning. We have resources, we have the players, we have the fitness, we have everything to be world champions.”

Irfan Pathan, COVID-19, Banning of saliva
Irfan Pathan. Photo Credit: Web.

“The only thing lacking was the number four batsman. We didn’t have the number four batsman just before the world cup. We were struggling with having a proper and consistent playing eleven. Going into the world cup, the team and management should have proper planning if you want to win ICC trophies,” Pathan mentioned.

The Indian Team Were Eliminated In The Semi-Final Of The Tournament

The play had to be stopped after 46.1 overs in the first innings when New Zealand had reached 211 for five on Day 1 due to torrential rain. New Zealand resumed on the reserve day and could manage 239 runs in their 50 overs. India were eventually restricted to 221 runs on Day 2. However, a lot of players had criticized the two-day system, and now Dinesh Karthik has also opined on the same.

Predicted XI, Rohit Sharma, New Zealand, Jasprit Bumrah
India’s Predicted XI. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Now that the Indian team has recovered from the shocking loss, they are all set to participate in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, and they might want to win it by all means.

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