Will Dravid and Rohit be able to duplicate their World Cup victory from 2007?
An ICC tournament is coming up, the squad is uneasy, and senior players are in doubt. Rahul Dravid has already navigated this maze once—as captain before the 2007 World Cup. The head coach of a squad evaluating alternatives for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
He was reportedly the reluctance enforcer of obstinate Australian coach Greg Chappell’s ideals at the time. He is now the brain, along with the skipper Rohit Sharma.
Fate would undoubtedly be grinning slyly if it hadn’t managed to trap Covid. He has a reputation for avoiding conflict, but this time he will have to make some difficult choices.
Dravid didn’t do well the last time around. Due to his poor decisions, his squad was eliminated early from the 2007 World Cup.
Why bring it up now? World cup 2007
To emphasise the cliché about the perils of disregarding history is the obvious motive. The other one is more intriguing since it discusses the usual ensemble of individuals. The primary performers in Indian cricket’s most watched dramas from the Chappell period. Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, have an opportunity to learn from previous errors.
A quick check at the scorecard of their defeat to Sri Lanka in their last pool game would be sufficient to determine what went wrong at the 2007 World Cup.
Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, and Sachin Tendulkar batted in the game’s last over. To everyone’s amazement, Uthappa received the Chappell-Dravid vote over two of India’s greatest cricketers of all time. Sehwag and Tendulkar, in a lineup with too many opening batters.
In 23 balls and a 30 percent strike rate, Ganguly would score a 6. He had scored a 114-ball 89 against Bermuda in the previous game. But his tournament strike rate was still only 60. He would have to deal with the rage of the crowd as well as absurd claims that his sponsors Puma were paying him according on how long he stayed in the crease.
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KL In contrast to Virat Kohli, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rahul, Rohit, and Ishan Kishan are legitimate openers. Cricket analysts believe that Rishabh Pant should preferably walk out first following his exploits in Test matches. Sanju Samson is the lethal pinch-hitter who can shorten long chases and give the Power play a head start.
Throughout the whole IPL, Rohit, Rahul, and Kohli came under fire for playing T20s at ODI tempo. It is still expected that they would start as India’s 1, 2, and 3 at the T20 World Cup, which is a safe but foolish choice.
Although the present turmoil and a team in flux are similar to 2007, Coach Dravid has far more power and is able to make riskier decisions. The team doesn’t appear to be resolved after 28 players have been tested in 18 T20Is.
Top-heavy approach, World Cup
The three players (Rohit, Rahul, and Kohli) grouped together at the top are a liability for any side. According to statistics and common sense in cricket. in agreement with the various statements made on these pages. No franchise would choose the Big 3 if they were available for a modest buy price for the starting XI.
But does Dravid have the courage to demand that one of them—read: Kohli for obvious reasons—is not selected at the selection committee meeting, or even to reshuffle them in the starting XI?
While the world anxiously anticipates Dravid’s memoirs, for the time being we must settle for Chappell’s account of what happened.
It started backfiring. It was useless to keep beating a dead horse. After talking about it, Sachin was the only other individual who could pull it off, according to Rahul.
Different versions of World Cup
Chappell is nuanced in his book, but he avoids naming names. The Australian coach suggests that he would prefer a younger squad. And discusses how commercial pressures might influence selection in Indian cricket with the profound wisdom of hindsight.
I believed it would take a miracle for us to get to the semifinals and championship game. Although I was less driven than I would have been with a squad of the younger players who had already seen some success with their zeal, this team had already proven to me that it was capable of surprise me, so I felt hopeful.
Deepak Hooda, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Kishan could cause Dravid to have similar emotions. This time, Dravid will be at peace while making a choice that might determine the future of Indian cricket since he won’t have the towering presence of the dominant Chappell surrounding him. The coach’s sketch, however, doesn’t adequately capture the other facets of his captain’s personality.