Team India: Team India made some big blunders in the 2019 World Cup, due to which their dream of winning the title was broken. In the 2019 World Cup, the Indian team played well throughout the tournament, but Team India was out of the race to win the World Cup trophy after losing to New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh feels that Team India failed to make a good plan for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Referring to the swap between Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant for number four, Yuvraj Singh said that if India had an experienced batsman at the fourth position in the batting order, India could have done better in the tournament.
Team India did this big blunder in the 2019 World Cup
India’s middle-order batting lineup in the World Cup was lacking, creating problems especially at the number four slot, with veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu being dropped from the 15-man squad. KL Rahul started batting at number four in the tournament as Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the tournament due to injury against Australia.
India were knocked out after losing to New Zealand
After Rahul was brought in as an opener, Vijay Shankar was given a chance at number four in the playing XI, but he too was ruled out of the World Cup due to injury. Rishabh Pant replaced Dhawan in the tournament, batting at number four till the end of the tournament, until India were knocked out by losing to New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Swap continued on number 4
Yuvraj said in an interview to Sanjay Manjrekar, ‘When we won the World Cup (2011), we were all given a place to bat. I realized in the 2019 World Cup that he had not planned it well. He gave Vijay Shankar a chance to bat at number 4 with just 5-7 one-day matches, then he replaced him with Rishabh Pant. Whereas when we played the 2003 World Cup, Mohammad Kaif, Dinesh Mongia and I had already played 50 ODIs.
This is what happened in the 2021 T20 World Cup
Yuvraj, who won the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award in the 2011 World Cup, highlighted that India’s middle-order problem also exists in the T20 format, which was seen in the 2021 T20 World Cup in UAE last year. At the same time, in the IPL, the same middle-order batsmen bat well for the franchise, while their performance was lacking in the T20 World Cup.
Players give more importance to T20 cricket
While expressing his views on the future of cricket, Yuvraj said that the popularity of T20 cricket in the present times has forced the players to rethink their priorities. Yuvraj also said that 50-over cricket will struggle for popularity, as T20 cricket is the dominant format of the game.