South Africa is one of the most talented cricket team in the world. Over the years they have produced some of the greats of the game. But at the same time, the team has failed to win any major ICC events. Infamously they have earned the tag of being the chokers. In other words, they can’t hold on their nerves when it matters the most.
India has been playing some wonderful cricket under the leadership of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. But like South Africa, India has failed to win the major ICC tournaments over the last few years, thereby raising doubt whether Team India is the new chokers of the cricket world.
Right from the Champions Trophy final in 2018 to the semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019, Virat Kohli and Co. couldn’t hold on to their nerves. They lost to Pakistan in the 2018 ICC Champions Trophy final. They also lost the all-important semi-final match against New Zealand in Manchester in 2019. The big guns of Indian batting line up which had stars like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli, couldn’t take India home. A lot of debate happened following the world cup debacle in England. Whether Ravi Shastri should remain India’s coach or not had become one of the important questions. However, Ravi Shastri was retained as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. After the World Cup, India had a successful West Indies tour, where the Men in Blue won the limited over and test series.
After that they had a good run at the home ground as well, winning back to back series against South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, and Australia. After having a good run, Team India went to New Zealand for limited over and test series. India won the T20I series comprehensively, beating the black caps by 5-0 margin on their home soil. But the picture soon began to change as the ODI series have begun. India lost the three-match ODI series by 3-0 and have already lost the first Test match at Wellington. The second and final test match began on Saturday at Christchurch and India is already looking down the barrel. Virat Kohli again failed to fire. India was just able to score 200 odd runs. New Zealand is firmly looking in control of the match.
India’s famed batting line up time and again failed on foreign soil. This has happened in the past. Now the demon has again appeared. This must be tackled tactfully. T20 World Cup is coming up in October this year in Australia. If India is aiming to go anywhere near winning the title, they must learn how to hold on to their nerves in pressure situations.