The 2013 Champions Trophy was the last time when Indian cricket team got their hands on an ICC trophy. Despite coming very close to victory on times, It has been ten years since India last lifted the trophy. India has missed numerous opportunities. To be precise, they have failed in 9 ICC events post the 2013 CT. There might be some factors preventing India from lifting the trophy, and in this article, we will examine the five reasons why India hasn’t lifted a trophy since 2013.
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1: Pressure of Winning
In the last 10-15 years, Indian cricket has improved significantly thanks to Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite not winning a trophy in the last ten years, the expectations have been very high from the Indian team as they have been one of the most dominant teams in world cricket in recent years. Sometimes the pressure of 1.5 Billion expectations can be seen in players’ body language. To win an ICC event, India must overcome the fear of losing.
2: Strategic and Selection Decisions
Decision-making at the strategic and selection level has also played a role in India’s trophy drought. At times questionable team selection, tactical errors, and conservative approaches have hindered the team’s progress and prevented them from achieving success on the big stage. One of the recent examples is the exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin from the WTC Final. Even the great Sachin Tendulkar pointed this out in his tweet, as he could not understand the possible reason for Ashwin not playing the final. Also Read: Justin Langer Criticizes BCCI.
3: Inadequate Middle-Order Stability
The middle order is one of the biggest concerns for the Indian Team and has been for quite some time now. Despite having so many talented batters, they have failed to fill the middle-order position consistently. In the 2022 T20 World Cup, India went with Dinesh Karthik, and he failed to deliver. The same happened in the 2019 World Cup. India has one of the best top orders in limited-over cricket, but the middle order is where they have lost the battles.
4: Over-Reliance on Star Players
Another significant reason for India’s trophy drought is the over-reliance on star players. Relying too heavily on a few key players can create an imbalance in the team dynamics. At times when these players fail to perform, it puts immense pressure on the remaining team members to step up, often resulting in a lack of collective effort.
5: Inability of Batters to Perform Under Pressure
People often criticize bowling for failures, but it is batting that has let India down on big occasions, be it the 2014 T20 World Cup, 2019 World Cup, 2021 T20 World Cup, or 2022 T20 World Cup; it is batting that needs to be blamed.
Addressing these issues will be crucial for Team India’s success in winning trophies. The players need to play freely and ignore outside voices and only focus on performing for the team.