Cricket News: With back-to-back World Cups on the horizon, the Indian cricket team will be hoping to end their ICC title drought by winning one, if not both, of the T20 and 50-over World Cups next year and 2023, respectively. When India defeated England to win the 2013 Champions Trophy, it was the first time they had won an ICC trophy in eight years. Despite coming close on multiple occasions, the Men in Blue have never won an ICC championship.
The team was dealt a big setback at the T20 World Cup two months ago in the UAE, when it was eliminated before the semi-finals, making the next two World Cups all the more important.
Sunil Gavaskar, who was a crucial member of India’s first-ever World Cup victory in 1983, has identified a vital area that could improve India’s prospects of winning the next two World Cups.
Gavaskar believes that if Team India wants to be at the top of the world again, they must address one important component that the Indian teams of 1983, 2007 and 2011 struggled with.
“We dominated the cricketing globe with a roster of 14 players and one manager. There were no field restrictions back then, nor were there any restrictions on the number of bouncers, and the red ball seldom stopped moving even after the shine had worn off under English conditions “Gavaskar wrote in his Mid-Day column regarding India’s World Cup-winning team in 1983.
“That team was loaded with all-rounders, which is crucial in limited-overs cricket. Even the 2007 and 2011 teams had bowlers who could bat as well as batsmen who could bowl. If India can identify two all-rounders, it will have a stronger chance of winning the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022 and the 50-over World Cup in India in 2023.”
The current Indian team does not have a lot of choices when it comes to all-rounders. Hardik Pandya, their best all-rounder, is undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA, while Shardul Thakur is making progress. Venkatesh Iyer, a young player who shone in the IPL, is yet to be put to the ultimate test. With numerous ICC events on the horizon, India would undoubtedly require more depth in the all-rounder category.
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