Indian teams have not won an ICC tournament after the Champions Trophy 2013
Indian women’s T20 team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur created a lot of buzz in the run up to ICC Women’s World Cup final, but suffered a humiliating 85-run defeat against the Aussies at MCG on Sunday.
With several World Cup titles, the hosts started as favourites, but the lack of intent shown by the Indian team dashed the spirits of more than 80,000 spectators who turned up to witness the summit clash. What went wrong yet again? Why is it that Indian teams are not winning major titles after winning the 2013 Champions Trophy final? Let’s decode!
Where was Plan B?
It is understandable that things don’t go as per your plan in all the matches. But what was absent in the final was India’s reluctance to come up with out-of-box solutions. An over from Harman (Who didn’t bowl in the tournament!) or a slight change in batting order could have been tried out, just to surprise the opposition.
Fielding, a work in progress
The adage that ‘catches win you matches’ proved right as India dropped chances to dismiss both the Aussies openers who went on to score match-winning fifties. Overall, the ground fielding did show considerable improvement but catching still remain a grey area for the Indian side.
Batting miseries continue!
The fact that the highest score by an Indian in the tournament was Deepti Sharma’s 48 reveals Team India’s batting miseries, overshadowed by some brilliant bowling. The young Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma have scored the bulk of runs while the performance of senior pros including skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Veda Krishnamoorthy was quite appalling.
Unable to cope up pressure
One of the moving scenes was that of an inconsolable Shafali Verma who dropped Elyssa Healy in the first over. India’s top run-scorer lasted only three balls while chasing a big task which triggered a huge collapse. India’s No.4 batter Jemimah Rodrigues also departed soon while attempting a big shot. The absence of an experienced campaigner who can guide the entire team was certainly missing in the final, a role, Mithali Raj had played to perfection before her T20 retirement.
Match-practice is a must
Indian team got a direct entry into the final due to rains which also meant they were playing a match after a gap of 8 days! In a big tournament, momentum does play a crucial part and it comes when a team plays more number of matches, a fact underlined by none other than Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Indeed, the Women in Blue made us proud but as we start preparations for the 2021 50-over World Cup, it is important to learn from the setback to create a winning unit.
Indian teams (men and women) in ICC tourneys since 2013 Champions Trophy title
In ODI World Cups
- 2015: Semifinals
- 2019: Semifinals
In T20I World Cups
- 2014: Runners-up
- 2016: Semifinals
In ODI World Cup
- 2017: Runners-up
- T20I World Cups
- 2018: Semifinals
- 2020: Runners-up