Former Indian Women’s cricket team captain Anjum Chopra has taken a dig at the current team management after India’s group-stage exit from the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. Australia won the title for the record seventh time as they beat England in the final.
Former skipper Anjum Chopra has criticised India’s disappointing campaign in the tournament. India began the tournament with a win over Pakistan and lost matches against England, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa to bow out of the tournament.
Victories against West Indies and Bangladesh did not help their cause. Talking exclusively to PTI, Anjum Chopra said that the team needs to emerge from its poor decision-making over the years.
“It is time women’s cricket emerges from legacy of poor decision making and be honest about what they want to do and how they want to do going forward. Otherwise, we will remain a near about team, we will never get there,” Chopra told PTI in an exclusive interview.
Chopra further said that the Mithali Raj-led team did not look like winning the title in their build-up to the mega event. India lost a series against the White Ferns in the build-up to the ICC Women’s World Cup.
India Were Unaware Of The Conditions: Anjum Chopra
“I would say the kind of preparation and kind of skill the players showed prior to the World cup (against NZ) to getting into the World Cup, it was surprising to see the approach against Pakistan, the way they batted (though they won).
“It was surprising decision making (opting to bowl) against New Zealand. Coming to a particular country well in advance, paying six games and if you are still unaware of the conditions, it would be unfair to say that India played poorly, I would say they were not in the contest,” Chopra said.
India failed to win against any of the SENA ( England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand) teams and bowed out from the tournament after losing their last league game against South Africa.