Team India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign came to an end on Thursday, November 10, with a crushing 10-wicket defeat to England in the semi-finals at the Adelaide Oval. Virender Sehwag has questioned the team selection policy of the Rohit Sharma-led team after their exit from the tournament.
India played nine bilateral T20I series in the last 11 months against top teams like New Zealand, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, and Australia. India managed series wins against each, putting them among the top contenders for the World Cup trophy. However, as has been the case in recent years, India has not been able to make an impression on the world’s biggest stage.
Why Can’t They Be Tried In The World Cup – Virender Sehwag
Speaking on Cricbuzz, Virender Sehwag questioned why senior players continue to take a rest and youngsters get to play a bilateral series in India, but when it comes to tournaments like these, it’s the senior players who continue to turn up and lose.
“You are winning bilateral series at home, but you need to see, how many of your top players are playing there. They usually take a break and new players get in who also taste victory in bilateral series. So if they are winning there, then why can’t they be tried here [in the world cup],” he said on Cricbuzz.
Pressure Has To Be There On Seniors – Virender Sehwag
The former Indian opener asked when the youngsters will get their “reward” of winning the bilateral series for India.
“You never know. The fearless cricket that we talk about, there are players who play in that manner. Be it Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Prithvi Shaw or Ruturaj Gaikwad. All of them are international players and score runs. Several youngsters are set to tour New Zealand as the seniors have been rested, If they win in New Zealand then what reward will they get?”
“So, the pressure has to be there on seniors. They should be told that there are boys who are scoring well. And if the seniors don’t perform well, they might be said ‘thank you, very much’ by the board.”
England will face Pakistan in the final on Sunday, November 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and will be hoping to take revenge for their 1992 ODI World Cup final defeat at the same venue.