Leave 2007 50-over World Cup aside, Indian national team has always been brilliant in the ICC events. India bagged the victories in 2007 T20I World Cup and then lifted the trophy in 2011. Speaking of the same, former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir stressed that the Indian side has always been a dominant force in the major tournaments.
In a recent event for the build-up of ICC World Cup 2019, Gautam Gambhir was asked to answer whether Indians are the chokers, as they failed to win the trophy after securing it in the ICC World Cup 2011 at home.
I Don’t Think So – Gautam Gambhir
The stylish southpaw reiterated that India has never been a choking side. Gambhir added India won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and then reached finals in the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Further, he believes that India is the most consistent side in the ICC events. He also explained the fact that all the other teams are as good as India and also fighting hard to bag the coveted trophy.
“I don’t think so. I think it’s important to be consistent. You win the 2011 and then the 2014 Champions Trophy in England. There are other sides as well who are playing very good cricket, whether it’s England, Australia in the One-day format and other countries,” Gambhir asserted.
“I think India is probably the most consistent side in ICC tournaments. We played the last Champions Trophy final as well where we got beaten by Pakistan,” he said.
“Going into this tournament, your first aim is to reach the knockout stage. Anything can happen once you qualify for the knockouts because it’s just on the given day as well. You don’t say India has become chokers, it’s just about crossing the line and there’s nothing that stops us from crossing the line. We should be happy they have played very good cricket in ICC tournaments till now,” he added.
Well, as Gambhir said, India has always tried their best in the ICC events. Apart from the 2007 debacle, India always reached the knockout stages of the decorated tournament.