Call it to jinx or call it bad luck, but India is clearing losing its ground in finales. The last time India won ICC World Cup was in 2011; since then, there is a pattern where India aggressively reaches the Finale due to brilliant bowling and excellent batting by the opposition or lousy performance of the Indian Players.
India loses in the Finale, and last time we saw India lost to New Zealand in the WTC Final in Southampton.
So, has India is the new choker replacing South Africa? Let’s see the history.
- 2014, India put up one of their worst big match performances in recent memory. The loss also paid to their hopes of becoming the only cricket nation to simultaneously hold all three World titles.
- The significant factors behind this were Tactical Errors, Opponents Determination and Performance by Yuvraj Singh.
- 2017 was the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, and arch-rivals India and Pakistan were facing each other.
- However, Pakistan turned out to be victorious at the end to clinch the trophy as they defeated India by a massive margin of 180 runs. On the other hand, it was a nightmare for the Men in Blue as they failed in all three departments, i.e., bowling, fielding, batting.
- The factors majorly contributed to India’s loss were Virat Kholi’s Decision to bowl, Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball, Flop Bowlers, Bad run-chase and a good partnership between batters.
- 2019, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the man with more than 10,000 ODI runs and a batting average above 50, is still deemed the “Best Finisher” by his fans and many cricket pundits. But this power went unseen during this match.
- As a result, there was too much dependence on Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kholi. Captaincy style, no match-up to a match-winning squad were the reason for India’s loss.
- 2021, lousy team selection, poor batting in both innings by players, Rishabh Pant attempted to hit India out of trouble in their second inning, but his rash shot gave down his wicket.
- Jasprit Bumrah failed when India banked on him to deliver his best on the biggest stage.
But It took India coach Ravi Shastri two Test defeats to come out and say his team might have been short by ten days of practice in the most critical overseas tour of the last three years.
Under Shastri, India defeated Australia in Australia twice and reached the 2019 World Cup semi-final.
Kohli’s men secured a place at the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC). The leadership duo of Shastri and Kohli is yet to get their hands on an ICC trophy.
India is losing all significant events since Ravi Shastri is appointed as coach. Players and Coaches are not judged by how well they fought to win but on how many times they won and brought a trophy back home.
Coming down to the present. Since 2019, the head of cricket, Rahul Dravid, has revamped and brought a new era by contributing to the U-19 team and the younger cricketers.
The efforts of Rahul Dravid is the real reason for India’s strength has become immensely strong.
Now, we came to know that Ravi Shastri & Co will not seek an extension as head coach for the Indian Cricket Team.
Ravi Shastri is expected to bid his farewell with the support staff Bharat Arun (bowling coach), R Shridhar (fielding coach) and Vikram Rathour (batting coach) after T20 World Cup.
After the mega event in UAE, BCCI is anticipated to invite applications for a new head coach, and some officials have pointed to Rahul Dravid as the best choice.
At the same time, BCCI has advertised for the position of head of cricket for the National Cricket Academy as Dravid’s contract with NCA itself expires in September.
Speculation and all eyes are stuck on Rahul Dravid as a potential opportunity, and the best choice for BCCI waits for Mr Dependable.
India’s middle-order has been a work in progress for eternity now, and the number four problem needs to be sorted as soon as possible.
Considering Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan too are at their prime, India also needs to groom a backup opener.
So, considering all these factors, which are the top ideal candidates apart from Ravi Shastri for the head coach of Team India.
Other top contenders are Tom Moody, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Mahela Jayawardene.