Team India started the World Cups as favorites. They even won both the warm-up games comprehensively which further strengthened their case. But the Indian team faced a major setback as they lost to arch-rivals Pakistan in a historic game. The encounter exposed holes and weaknesses of the Indian team. Now the question arises that can the Virat Kohli-led side still go all the way?
Here are five things that Team India needs to do to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021:
1. Taking wickets in the powerplay
Indian bowlers have struggled to take wickets in the powerplay in international cricket for a long time now. Whether it is T20 cricket or ODI, Indian pacers have failed to pass through batsmen’s defenses. Their record for this calendar year is very poor. It becomes crucial to take wickets up front especially when the team is defending a total in the evening game. The dew factor in UAE is huge and sides who don’t pick wickets early on will lose the games 9 out of 10 times.
2. Finding a sixth bowling option
In the T20I series against Australia in Australia and England in India, the Indian team always went with a five bowler strategy. This is a big risk to take as in T20 cricket any bowler can have an off day. In case one of the five bowlers has an off day, the opposition can put up a good score on the board. Hence, it is necessary to have a sixth bowling option especially in T20 cricket who can bowl one or two overs. Now, team India has to figure out whether that sixth option is Hardik Pandya or Virat Kohli.
3. Solving the Hardik Pandya dilemma
For a long, Hardik Pandya has been a valuable player for team India and Melbet APK fans. But ever since his back surgery, he has never been able to bowl at full throttle. This has disturbed the Indian team’s balance. Plus, Hardik Pandya’s dip in batting form hasn’t helped either. Hence, Team India needs to think about Hardik’s place on the side or they need to consider an alternative of adding Ishan Kishan to the team to exploit his form. But knowing Kohli, he will back Hardik Pandya till the end. Hence, Hardik will have to repay Kohli’s faith by responding with performances.
4. Forgetting about the first game
Not sure whether the Indian fans will ever forget about the first game but the Indian team must move on from that encounter. In T20 cricket any team can outplay a superior side. That day, Pakistan played better cricket and hence won the match. And from the Gabba and Headingly experience, we know that you can download Melbet APP and place a bet for Team India’s comeback as they always bounce back. It is likely that team India would have refocused in the one-week break they got and will enter the field with a fresh mindset.
5. Indian batsman improving their game against left-arm seamers
Indian batsmen have always struggled against left-arm seamers. Whether it was Mohammed Amir in 2017, Trent Boult in 2019, or recently Shaheen Afridi in 2021, Indian batsmen have consistently faced issues. The ball that swings back in from a left-arm angle has been the chief destroyer for batsmen like Rohit, Rahul, and even Virat. Teams will constantly try to exploit this issue. Hence, Indian batters need to work on their technique for facing the left-arm seamers.