Gavaskar speaks what India needs to bring back the glory

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The decade from 2022 is lined up with ICC events every year and India will definitely eye to make the most out of the schedule. India no doubt, is a powerhouse in cricket across all formats, yet has failed to win a major ICC title in the recent past. The team had last triumphed in 2013 when a young side under Dhoni lifted the Champions Trophy in England and Wales. Kohli in his span of ODI captaincy led to multiple victories in bilateral series but his dream to capture an ICC title never got realized.

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India now set eyes on the ICC World T20 in 2022 and the ICC ODI World Cup in 2023. Their last campaign in the World T20 in UAE this year was nothing short of a nightmare as despite being the firm favorites, the squad failed to even reach the knockouts. Following then a lot has changed in the dressing room with Shastri stepping down as the Coach to Kohli leaving T20I captaincy to him being sacked from ODI leadership.

Veteran cricketer and former captain Rahul Dravid is the new Coach with Rohit being the man in charge of the Men in Blue. With two mega tournaments coming back to back in two consecutive years, India will surely be hoping to convert their hard work to success.

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1983 World Cup champion and one of the greatest batters of all time Sunil Gavaskar pointed out why the Indian team has missed out on finishing the cross line so many times in the recent past. On reliving the memories of the iconic ’83 triumph Gavaskar wrote in his column in MidDday,

“It was a squad of 14 players and one manager and we conquered the cricketing world. There were no field restrictions then, no limitations on the number of bouncers too and the red ball in English conditions which hardly stopped moving even after the shine was gone,”

On addressing the main difference between the present squad and the previous World Cup-winning sides, he reasoned,

“That team were full of all-rounders and that is the key especially in limited overs cricket. Even the 2007 and 2011 teams had batsmen who could bowl and bowlers who were no bunnies with the bat. If India can find two all-rounders, then we will have a better chance in the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022 and in the 50 overs Cup at home in India in 2023.”

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Hardik Pandya, a player whose potential is not unknown to the cricketing world has of late undergone several surgeries and his performance with the ball has declined. No doubt he still is one of the best power-hitters in the world yet he might not be the perfect choice for the 5th bowler. The rise of Shardul Thakur and Venkateshwar Iyer definitely gives hopes to the fans however with more than 6 months to go, it is expected that the duo gets proper grooming before the D-Day.

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