The Indian cricket team has been struggling to show up as a team in the 20-20 format for a while now. After losing out on T20 World Cup in 2021, Rohit Sharma took over captaincy reigns from Virat Kohli. The captaincy transition did not switch the team’s fate. The men in blue had a miserable campaign in the recently concluded Asia Cup. They suffered consecutive defeats against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This also exposed India’s dependence on Jasprit Bumrah, who missed out owing to a lower back injury.
The losing streak continued as India lost to Australia in the opening game of the series on home turf. The bowling attack could not defend a total of 208. With just 5 matches to go before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 begins, India’s form as a team is a major concern.
BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly opens up
Former Indian cricketer and BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the team’s recent performance and admitted that the coach and captain would surely be concerned about the team’s future campaigns. However, he also backed the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, and said he is confident that they will figure things out.
Ganguly said: “Rohit Sharma has a winning percentage of almost 80. India has lost the last three-four matches but before that, he has led in 35-40 matches and lost just five or six. I am sure Rohit and Rahul Dravid will be concerned about the team and everything, and they will improve.”
“I am not worried about one or two losses, but yes, we have not done well in big tournaments. We will talk about that. The team will leave for T20 World Cup in two to three weeks, and will get time to acclimatize and play practice matches.”
He further praised Virat Kohli for scoring a century against Afghanistan and said that his return to form is good news for the Indian camp.
Ganguly added: “It’s very good news that Virat has done well in Asia Cup, and hopefully, he will continue in that vein.”