Odishatv Bureau

In the near future, India's players will look to rectify their recent failures to win the ICC tournament. As the World Cup 2023 approaches, Indian players are already planning ahead. They have been the most consistent team in the world over the last decade. India will be wary of repeating the mistakes they have made in the previous ICC tournaments.

Team Combination

The team combination of India in big tournaments has often been rigid. They do not opt to change much or if they do, it is very late. For example, In last T20 world cup, Kartik played most of the matches where he did not got enough chances but just before the semi-finals, Rishab Pant was included in the place of DK. Such instances has cost them notably during the World Cup semi-final in 2015, the CT final in 2017, the World Cup semi-final of the 2019 World Cup and the T20 World Cup semi-final of the 2022 World Cup. In the World Cup 2023, we hope that India will avoid this glaring error.

Top-order collapse

The Indian top order has often been the talk of ICC tournaments. Players such as Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli have often grabbed the attention of the crowd. However, their performances in the big game have not been the same. Captain Rohit Sharma scored just 89 with a strike rate of 109.09 whereas KL Rahul made 123 runs at a strike rate of 108.82 which indicates that they failed to give a good start in all the matches.

Catching the decisive moments

It is the uncanny ability of champion teams to seize the big moments that makes them stand out. India, despite being one of the most dominant teams in the league stages, somehow still fails to capitalise on the right moment when it matters most. They should be eager to seize crucial moments in high-pressure knockout games for instance, in the T20 World Cup semi-finals against England, they dropped a catch and failed to capitalise the powerplay which dragged the team on backfoot. In high-pressure games, India has bowled crucial no-balls and wides letting the opposition get away. They also get pressured when fielding which releases pressure. They have dominated the league phase of big tournaments, but when it comes to the big match they have squandered chances somehow.

Learning from other teams

It is difficult for Indian management to adjust the team based on form and conditions. The second-highest wicket-taker of India in T20, Yuzvendra Chahal, did not play any matches recently, whereas all other teams had leg spinners on their teams and cashed in on the situation. Further, India uses a template that doesn't allow them to take advantage of power plays, leading to a slow start and putting pressure on their middle order, especially in big matches.

Fans hope that the Indian team will work on the mistakes and win the next ICC tournaments.

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