Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian skipper, has listed out a couple of reasons which he feels led to India’s lacklustre performance at the ICC tournaments as India’s hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup dashed following New Zealand’s win over Afghanistan on Sunday.
Sunil Gavaskar: India Hasn’t Taken Advantage Of Powerplay- The First 6 Overs
Sunil Gavaskar is not in favour of a complete overhaul of the team but insists batting needs to be more proactive and energetic inside the first six overs (Powerplay) as the failure to do that has often choked India’s scoring rate whenever they play a team with good bowlers.
“Making too many changes in a team isn’t right, because it’s not like India lost all its matches. In two matches, the batters could not deliver what was expected of them and that is the reason that India is in such a state right now. The approach needs to change,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
“The fact that in the first 6 overs, there are only 2 fielders outside the 30-yard-circle, India hasn’t taken advantage of it for the last few ICC tournaments. Which is why, whenever India is up against a strong team, one that has good bowlers… India cannot score. So that needs to change.”
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul made the fastest team fifty in the 2021 ICC men’s T20 World Cup on Friday (November 5). The feat was achieved against Scotland in the Group 2 match of the Super 12 stage at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chasing 86, India surpassed the 50-run mark in four overs. After an all-around performance, India won the much-needed game by eight wickets. Virat Kohli-led Indian side chased it in 6.3 overs.
India faced a batting collapse against the Kiwis and could only muster 110 runs. The make-shift opening pair managed to add only 11 runs, with Ishan Kishan scoring four off eight balls. New Zealand chased down the score in just 14.3 overs, handing India a massive defeat. After failing miserably in the first two matches, the Indian batting finally fired in the tournament, posting a 200-plus total against Afghanistan.
The Indian batsmen Ishan Kishan (4 off 8 balls), Rohit Sharma (14 off 14 balls), KL Rahul (18 off 16), Virat Kohli (9 off 17), Rishabh Pant (12 off 19) failed when it mattered most against New Zealand, losing the second successive match after the one against Pakistan where Rohit Sharma (0) and KL Rahul (3) failed as openers.
Sunil Gavaskar: India Should Have Phenomenal Fielders Unlike Current Team Where Except 3-4 Outstanding Fielders One Can’t Depend On Rest
As pointed out by Sunil Gavaskar, the second reason he feels has hampered India’s campaign is their fielding. Although the current cricket team is probably the fittest the country has ever seen, not all cricketers are phenomenal on the field, and that is one area Sunil Gavaskar believes India needs to get better at if they are to put up better performances in the time to come.
“The second and most importantly, they should have players who are phenomenal in fielding. The way New Zealand fielded, saved runs, took catches… it stood out. Even if the attack is ordinary, the pitch is placid, good fielding can make a lot of difference. If you look at the Indian team, except 3-4 outstanding fielders, you can’t depend on the rest to save runs or dive at the boundary,” added Gavaskar.
Ravindra Jadeja is probably the best fielder right now in the world of cricket. He is blessed with a rocket arm that no batsman dares to challenge along, and which always seems to throw the ball directly at the stumps.
Moreover, he has the safest pair of hands in the Indian cricket team. Along with his accurate bowling and useful contributions lower down the order, he is slowly establishing himself as one of the most reliable Indian cricketers.
Virat Kohli is known best for his batting skills, but as we are talking about best fielders, he must join the list. Virat Kohli is captain of the Indian cricket team and is known for his arguable and aggressive nature on the field. The athletic Virat Kohli is one of the best fielders on the Indian cricket team, and the efforts he shows on the field are just amazing to watch.
However, with the retirement of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, and Suresh Raina, there are not many agile fielders that the Indian team would be proud of at the moment.