Despite various attempts to experiment with combinations, strategies, coaches, and captains, India has been unable to secure an ICC trophy since 2013. Some fans have labeled the team as “chokers.” However, according to former India head coach Ravi Shastri, this is an inaccurate assessment. Shastri, who was a part of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, believes that the team is playing well but faltering when it matters most.
Shastri attributes India’s failure to a lack of equal efforts from everyone involved. He highlights that, alongside Australia, India was considered a strong contender to win all three ICC tournaments in recent years. However, he points out that Indian batsmen have failed to rise to the occasion on the grand stage, leading to India’s downfall in ICC events.
“I would not say that (chokers). I mean, these two teams that were playing [India and Australia] were the only two teams that had a chance to win all three World Cups. And it is not that we have been rolled over (at World Cups). We have been in semi-finals, we have been in finals. We have not got it because when you want to win the big one, you need a combined effort. You cannot blame one individual, one captain,”
Ravi Shastri said.
You need 100s in a World Cup: Ravi Shastri
“You need 100s in a World Cup, World Test Championship final. Then you have a good chance of setting it up for the bowlers and winning the trophy. If you do not get a 100, you need at least three 50s, whether it is Test, T20 or one-day cricket. If you have not done that, you do not deserve to win,”
Shastri further added.
India, led by Rohit Sharma, is favored to win the upcoming ODI World Cup. However, they face challenges as they hope for the recovery of KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Jasprit Bumrah before the tournament.
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