T20 WC 2024: Indian Cricket Team Needs to Get Stronger to win the Title

Despite the Indian Cricket Team proving themselves as the strong contenders as the title winners throughout the ICC tournaments, the knockout stages have been a huge concern in the last 10 years. Several reasons starting from the weather and pitch conditions to the wrong selection of squad and execution of ineffective strategies during the match have been discussed countless times. 

Lastly, it was in 2013 when India won an ICC tournament by defeating England in the Champions Trophy finals under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.

Meanwhile, Indian cricket fans and players are still recovering from the shocking loss of the ODI World Cup 2023 finals against the Aussies. Mainly, the slots for wicketkeepers, pacers, and spinners are still being debated by the selectors.

In this review, we will be discussing how Team India can become stronger for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Strategies on how India can strengthen before the T20 World Cup 2024

By implementing these plans, the Indian Cricket Team can end their 10-year drought of winning the ICC Trophy in the forthcoming T20 World Cup:

1. Survive the pressure in the knockout stages:

The fear of losing puts pressure on the top-performing players during the semi-finals and finals of the tournament. For instance, Sachin Tendulkar failed to score huge runs for his team in both the World Cup finals (in 2003 and 2011), despite being the top run scorer and leading performer in the previous matches of the tournament.

Similarly, the Indian cricket team with millions of spectators and more than a hundred thousand fans cheering at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad succumbed to the nervousness in the World Cup 2023 finals. Especially, after losing the three quick wickets, the same formula of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, taking time to get themselves into a comfortable position and attempting to build a cautious partnership completely backfired. Whereas, the same batting pair played freely in the league stages of the tournament.

2. A bunch of fearless youngsters:

In the batting department, a group of young talented players such as Rinku Singh, Tilak Varma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dube should be included. They can play fearless cricket in pressurized situations of the league stages and knockouts of the tournament.

Similarly, the selectors should prepare a list of talented young bowlers who can grab the wickets of in-form batters instantly.

3. Prefer Quality rather than Quantity:

A set of quality players rather than a great number of routine and experienced players ensures consistency, thereby reducing the frequent changes in the team’s playing XI for the best outcomes.

4. Fast Bowling All-rounders:

The shortage of best-quality fast-bowling all-rounders has been a primary concern for the Indian cricket team over the past few years.

Despite the presence of spin-bowling all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, the situation is completely different in the case of fast bowling.

In the continuing season of IPL 2024, Hardik Pandya has neither been impressive as a medium pacer nor as a handy right-handed batsman, which questions his abilities as a perfect all-rounder. 

On the other side, Shivam Dube is being used as an impact player for CSK’s batting lineup and hasn’t been given at least a single over in the IPL 2024 to prove his talent.

The inclusion of a fast-bowling all-rounder can balance the batting and bowling department. 

5. Powerful Bowling Attack:

Based on the performance of top wicket-takers in IPL 2024, Indian bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal should be given a chance for the upcoming T20 WC.

Especially, in the knockout stages, the bowlers must ensure not to leak too many runs and force the opponent team batters to play the most number of dot balls in a tricky situation where it becomes difficult to grab wickets.

Most importantly, part-time bowlers can bring effective results and potentially be the game changer for their teams. For instance, Virat Kohli, despite being a non-regular bowler, has taken crucial wickets in the white ball cricket. As a result, the other batters should spend some time practising their bowling skills which can certainly contribute to the team’s success.

6. Strong Combinations of Opening Batters:

There should be an alternative opening batter along with Rohit Sharma. For example, Team India could follow a possible set of opening combinations (if these players are included in the squad) which can avoid them becoming easily predictable to different opponent teams and enhance the flexibility of the batsman to bat at any position such as:

  • Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma
  • KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rohit Sharma
  • Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma

However, a majority of senior cricketers in recent times have voiced their opinion that Virat Kohli should open the innings along with Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup.

Conclusion:

Team India is in a stage of complete dilemma on how to introduce the young generation of cricketers into the World Cup stage. This is because experienced players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul are still ruling all the ICC tournaments.

The last time India won the T20 World Cup was in the inaugural edition in 2007 when the young Indian team under MS Dhoni’s leadership lifted the trophy in South Africa. Indeed, it was Dhoni’s first stint as an Indian team captain.

However, it is essential to blend the combination of new and experienced players to control the temperament and jinx that has haunted Indian cricket in the knockout stages of the ICC tournament these years.

Ultimately, the IPL 2024 is a perfect platform for Team India to include talented players and build a dominant squad ahead of the forthcoming World Cup.

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