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Dissecting another disappointment for India in a major ICC event.
June 23, 2013, Team India got their last ICC trophy when they beat England to lift the Champions Trophy.
8 years since then, and we are still waiting for another ICC Trophy.
In the meantime, we have lost 6 ICC events after reaching either final or semi-final.
Interestingly, Team India has played some quality cricket throughout these ICC events but has always failed to cross the line.
The problem is not with group stages, it is actually the knockout games that are haunting them. 6 straight defeats in either final or semi-final tells you the story.
World Test Championship also witnessed the same story. Team India played really well throughout the course of the championship and performed really well in some seriously tough conditions.
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy held in Australia showed the quality of Indian Team when they beat Australia in Australia by 2-1 with a second-string squad.
But once again they failed to deliver in the final against New Zealand.
Let’s have a look at the prominent reasons which led to the fall of Indian Team in final:
Failure of the three prominent batsmen
Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are considered as the most important batsman in Indian lineup. To win big games you always need your big players to raise their game and deliver in crucial moments.
This was certainly not the case in World Test Championship Final.
Virat (44,13), Pujara (8,15) and Rahane (49,15) failed to get a big score which reduced the side for mediocre scores in both the innings.
More than just the score it’s the time of their downfall which caused some serious issues.
Both Virat and Rahane were pretty much settled in the first innings, and then they threw away the opportunity to get a big score which allowed Kiwis to reduce them for a mere 217 run total.
In the second innings, both Pujara and Virat got out quickly in the morning session of day 5. Once again when it looked like a balanced game, Team India let the game slip out of their hands.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma, did the tougher job of playing out the new ball in both the innings but failed to convert it into big scores as everyone expects from him.
He got 34 in the first innings and 30 in the second innings which was not enough to give edge to your side in such a big game.
Jasprit Bumrah’s Dismal Show
1983 World Cup winner Balwinder Singh Sandhu has his say on Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s performance in the WTC 21 Final 👀🇮🇳— Sportskeeda India (@Sportskeeda) June 26, 2021
Do you agree? 🤔#India #TeamIndia #WTCFinal #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/1fF4S4dCso
Going into the final, Indian Team must have thought of Jasprit Bumrah as their prime weapon in English conditions.
However, the result was actually opposite. Jasprit Bumrah was wicket less in both the innings and didn’t provide enough support to Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma who were definitely doing a better job.
At times, he was unable to control his line and length and conceded much more boundaries than you expect in a small total game.
WICKET!— Test Match Special (@bbctms) June 22, 2021
And that's why you have Jadeja in your team. He's hit for six and the next ball he bowls him. Southee goes.
New Zealand 249 All Out.
LIVE: https://t.co/In4XnuWMyu #bbccricket #WTCFINAL #WTC21 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/fRUGRcdjvm
The conditions prior to the game were quite overcast in Southampton. Every analyst recommended a four-pacer attack for Team India.
New Zealand, on the other hand, played without a spinner and had 5 seam bowling options in their lineup.
India, didn’t play Mohammed Siraj and preferred a 3-2 bowling combination. Ravindra Jadeja didn’t get enough overs as the pitch didn’t suit him.
It needs to be mentioned here that India lacks a proper seam bowling all-rounder as Hardik is not bowling these days. The other option was Shardul Thakur but the team management didn’t pick him in the 15-member squad and thus they had to play two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja
World Test Championship Final was a huge moment for Indian Cricket. We had a chance to grab the inaugural edition just like we did in T-20 World Cup 2007.
Team India badly needs to analyze why they are constantly failing in knockout games considering the quality they have in their squad and do better in the next few ICC events.
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