The T20 World Cup in 2022 is just a few months away, and all nations have already begun their preparations by playing T20I matches. The T20 World Cup will be held in Australia, where the reigning winners will benefit from home advantage.
In terms of team India, the Men in Blue have also played multiple T20I bilateral series with some of the world’s best cricketing countries in order to prepare for the crucial competition. It should be noted that powerhouse India fell out of the 2021 T20 World Cup after losing their first two group stage matches, and they would not want to repeat their errors from the last ICC competition.
Keeping up with this theme, let’s take a look at 3 major mistakes that team India will want to avoid during this World T20 Championship.
Number 1. Constantly changing the batting order after a defeat
After losing their first match by 10 wickets against Pakistan, the Indian team management chose to alter the batting order for unknown reasons. In contrast to the first encounter against Pakistan, when Rohit and Rahul started the batting, Team India opted to add Ishan Kishan in the starting XI and bat him at number three, with Rohit batting at number four.
Despite making adjustments to their batting order, Team India’s fortunes remained unchanged as they surpassed the 100-run milestone after exerting all of their efforts against the Kiwis. Kishan, who was picked in the team, could not help the Men in Blue as he was bowled by bowler Trent Boult after hitting just four runs and taking eight balls.
The Men in Blue, led by captain Rohit, will not want to repeat this error and will want to demonstrate trust in their batsmen by staying with them even if they fail in one or two matches.
Number 2. Failing to score big during the powerplay
One of the major reasons for Team India’s elimination from the tournament was their inability to make a strong start with the bat during the necessary power play overs. The opening six overs are critical for the batting side to establish the groundwork for a huge score in their allocated 20 overs.
During the opening game of the 2021 World Cup against Pakistan, the Men in Blue lost three important wickets within the field limitations and only managed to score 30+ runs. Inside the powerplay, batsmen Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav were sent back to the pavilion.
A similar tendency was seen in the second game against New Zealand, when India failed to surpass the 40-run threshold in six overs and lost two wickets, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan, with India achieving only 110 runs in their allocated 20 overs.
Number 3. Had a shortage of experienced players
Despite having numerous major names on the roster, India also disregarded its two famous spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy were named to Team India’s roster after excelling in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Both spinners were handed a reality check during the World Cup, as they both went wicketless. While the Pakistani openers hammered Varun in the first match, he gave up just 23 runs in the second match against New Zealand but failed to take any wickets.
Chahar appeared in just one match throughout the tournament, which also served as India’s last league stage encounter against Namibia. However, the leg-spinner did not have the best of days, as he did not take any wickets in that match, as Team India’s campaign came to an end after their triumph against an associate country.