We were shy, it showed in our game: Ravi Shastri decodes Team India’s 2021 T20 World Cup debacle, Sports News
Team India ended 2021 on a glorious note, winning their very first test at Centurion. While the year saw India’s dominance in the cricket test, they only played a handful of ODIs but failed in the game’s shortest format. The year had two tournaments. ICC, in the form of a WTC final and T20 World Cup, but India has not won any major titles. While their overall performance in the Tests remained impressive, the Men in Blue fell in the T20 WC.
Speaking of India’s campaign in the 2021 T20 World Championship, the Indian team led by Virat Kohli lost their first clash against Pakistan by ten wickets (losing their very first game against rivals in a World Cup) . In their next meeting, the one-time winner India was listless against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand, losing by 8 wickets to move closer to elimination. As Kohli & Co. bounced back and won three games in a row, by then it was too late for Pakistan and New Zealand to advance to the semi-finals of the Indian group, namely Pool B. Recently, Ravi Shastri has spoken out on India’s struggles in the T20 WC where his tenure as head coach has ended.
“Pakistan played well that day, and against New Zealand we were shy. We were very shy. It showed in the game. We were hesitant instead of going for the jugular. you don’t mind losing as long as you throw punches. But if you’re shy and hesitant it hurts more. And in a tournament like this, if you lose too early you’re in trouble, “said Shastri on Bold & Brave The Ravi Shastri Way on Star Sports.
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Shastri further called for the tournament format to be similar to that seen at the 2019 ODI World Cup, which was a round robin stage with each team facing the other once before the round of 16. The former Indian all-rounder also believes that the playoff scenario should be implemented in the World Cups as well. In that regard, he said, “It’s not like the 2019 format, where you can play all the oppositions. I think that’s the way to go. This format is the best, and then ideally the playoffs, if you want to decide the World Cup, ”Shastri explained.
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Much has changed in Indian cricket since the 2021 T20 WC campaign. Rohit Sharma took over from Kohli as T20I captain, after the latter stepped down at the end of the World Cup, and recently replaced him as limits captain. The year 2022 will see the teams face off again in the eighth edition of the T20 World Cup, which will take place in the backyard of the Australian champions. One-time winner Team India will aim to overcome past struggles and claim the mega title in 2022.