Manager Of 2007 WC Winning Team Blamed KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma For India's T20 World Cup 2022 Exit
The Indian cricket team is getting criticized left, right, and center after India's heartbreaking exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. While several greats and experts have criticized the approach, some of them have asked for major changes in the T20I squad. However, as per Lalchand Rajput, who was the manager of the Indian team that won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the T20I games are won in the powerplays - batting and bowling.
The Indian cricket team lost the semi-final match to England by wickets after Alex Hales, and Jos Buttler stitched a match-winning partnership while chasing 169 at the Adelaide Oval. While the middle order looked strong, India's openers Rohit and Rahul were the most inconsistent performers. Because of the same, the Indian side never had a good or brisk start in the T20 World Cup 2022.
Lalchand Rajput pointed out the slow starts and failures of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma for the Men in Blue’s exit from the tournament in Australia. He said:
“KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who have done well in the IPL and bilateral series, were timid in their approach. They never gave a good and attacking start to the team, which finally came to trouble India against England. The powerplay overs are very important, and India never utilized them to their advantage,”
“Look at other teams. The batters were aggressive from the start, even if they lost one or two wickets, but we went on the back foot the moment we lost a wicket,” he added.
Rohit Sharma also failed with the bat as he could only manage to score 116 runs in the 6 games he played at the T20 World Cup 2022 at an average of 19.33 and a strike rate of 106.42. Talking about KL Rahul, he got 50+ scores against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but against the 'big teams' he managed just single-digit scores. He scored a total of 128 runs in six matches at an average of 21.33 and a strike rate of 120.75.