In less than five weeks, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 kicks off in Australia with qualifiers for four vacant places split into two groups. In exactly one month, India will begin their campaign when it takes on Pakistan at the sold-out Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.
And the cracks appear. Leading up to the T20 World Cup, India has lost three of their last four matches. The defeats have fallen to defending world champions Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, while the lone win was over Afghanistan.
Their main concern seems to be death-overs where bowlers continue to leak many runs resulting in defeats in the final over despite setting challenging goals. With only five T20Is left before they play their first World Cup match, India must find solutions.
Then there’s the fact that India hasn’t won an ICC trophy since 2013, and their last major title win was at the Asian Cup in 2018. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly acknowledged the title drought is a concern, but he’s convinced it’s team will improve under the leadership of Rohit Sharma and guidance of Rahul Dravid.
“Rohit Sharma has a win rate close to 80. India has lost the last three to four matches but before that he led 35-40 matches and lost only five or six,” Ganguly said through the news agency. PTIA.
“I’m sure Rohit and Rahul Dravid will worry about the team and everything, and they’ll improve. I’m not worried about one or two defeats, but yeah, we didn’t do well in big tournaments. There we will talk about … The team will leave for two to three weeks (T20 WC), will be given time to acclimatize and play practice matches,” he added.
Ganguly said Virat Kohli’s return to form is positive news for India. Kohli scored two fifties and a century during the 2022 Asian Cup, finishing as the tournament’s second-highest go-getter.
“It is very good news that Virat has done well in the Asian Cup, and hopefully he will continue on that line,” said Ganguly.
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