BCCI President Sourav Ganguly expressed his disappointment over the poor performance of the Indian team in the recently concluded T20 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
India crashed out of the Super 12 stage after losses against Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two encounters. Although they managed to win the remaining three games in the group, it wasn’t enough as they finished third on the points table.
“[I am] a little disappointed with the way we played this World Cup. I think this has been the poorest of all that I have seen in the last four-five years. I don’t know what’s the reason but I just felt they did not play with enough freedom this World Cup.”
“Sometimes it happens in big tournaments, you just get stuck and when I saw them playing against Pakistan and New Zealand – I just felt this was the team which was playing to 15% of its ability. And sometimes you can’t just a finger on it that this is the reason why it happened,” Ganguly stated.
“One bad day and the entire good work for two months was wiped away” – Sourav Ganguly on 2019 ODI World Cup
Sourav Ganguly went further back to reminisce about India’s performances in the last few ICC events. The Men in Blue reached the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy where they were beaten to submission by Pakistan. In the 2019 ODI World Cup, they dominated the tournament before bowing out in the semifinals.
“To be honest, 2017 [and] 2019, I think India was good. 2017 Champions Trophy we lost the final to Pakistan at the Oval, I was a commentator then. Then the 2019 World Cup in England, we were exceptional right throughout, beat everyone and lost to New Zealand in the semi-final – one bad day and the entire good work for two months was just wiped away,” Ganguly added.
The next ICC event that the team will take part in is the 2022 T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia.