No can deny that the current Indian team is probably one of the best limited-overs side in the world. The batting is led by skipper Virat Kohli, who has the potential to blow away any opposition on any given day.
The bowling department consists of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav, who are always lethal to any opposition. The fielding unit is equally impressive. There is no surprise that the Men in Blue have performed considerably well in the ICC tournaments.
However when it comes to showing the trophy cabinet, they have not won a single trophy after 2011 World Cup, except the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
in the 2012 World T20, India failed to progress to the semifinal. Two years later they lost the final to neighbours Sri Lanka. In 2015 World Cup, India lost in the semifinal to the eventual winners Australia.
One year later they again lost the semifinal in World T20 against eventual winners West Indies. In 2017 Champions Trophy, they had the opportunity to defend their title. But unfortunately they suffered a humiliating loss at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan.
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GG opposes the title of chokers
India’s poor record in knockout games have made many people believe that they cannot handle pressure situations. As a result they have termed them as chokers.
But former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir strongly opposes this and has suggested that India is the most consistent nation when it comes to playing ICC tournaments.
“I don’t think so. I think it’s important to be consistent. You win the 2011 and then the 2013 Champions Trophy in England. There are other sides as well who are playing very good cricket, whether it’s England, Australia in the One-day format and other countries. I think India is probably the most consistent side in ICC tournaments. We played the last Champions Trophy final as well where we got beaten by Pakistan,” said Gambhir as quoted by Republic TV.
He further clarified his statement and cleared the fact why India shouldn’t be called chokers. He said, “Going into this tournament, your first aim is to reach the knockout stage. Anything can happen once you qualify for the knockouts because it’s just on the given day as well. You don’t say India has become chokers, it’s just about crossing the line and there’s nothing that stops us from crossing the line. We should be happy they have played very good cricket in ICC tournaments till now.”