Sunil Gavaskar Explained Why Team India Can’t Score Against Big Teams: The Indian cricket team’s campaign in the ongoing T20 World Cup came to an end on Sunday after Afghanistan lost to New Zealand by eight wickets. India started their World Cup campaign with a heartbreaking note after losing their first two games against Pakistan and New Zealand.
However, India bounced back into the game after winning the next three games with a big margin against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia. But in order to stay alive in the tournament, the Indian side needed a favor from the Afghanistan cricket team. But the Men in Blue were knocked out from the ongoing high-voltage tournament as New Zealand managed to qualify in the semis with a stunning win on Sunday.
The Indian cricketers found themselves under the scanner after losing two big games at the beginning that made all the difference.
Recently, speaking on Sports Tak, Sunil Gavaskar explained why the Indian cricket team can’t score against big teams. He feels team India’s batting approach in the powerplay overs needs to change. He also feels that making too many changes in a team also led to India’s debacle in the World Cup. He said:
“Making too many changes in a team isn’t right, because it’s not like India lost all its matches. In two matches, the batters could not deliver what was expected of them and that is the reason that India is in such a state right now. The approach needs to change,”
“The fact that in the first 6 overs, there are only 2 fielders outside the 30-yard-circle, India haven’t taken advantage of it for the last few ICC tournaments. Which is why, whenever India are up against a strong team, one that has good bowlers… India cannot score. So that needs to change”,
Further, Gavaskar also stated that the Indian side has only 3 or 4 outstanding fielders. He then compared the Indian side to New Zealand and expressed that the Indian team needed players who are phenomenal in fielding against big teams. He said:
“The second and the most importantly, they should have players who are phenomenal in fielding. The way New Zealand fielded, saved runs, took catches… it stood out. Even if the attack is ordinary, the pitch is placid, good fielding can make a lot of difference. If you look at the Indian team, except 3-4 outstanding fielders, you can’t depend on the rest to save runs or dive at the boundary”