Why India did not win World Cup 2019, Yuvraj points out the reason
The No.4 enigma has been chasing the Men in Blue for a while. Team management’s efforts to fill the place with a variety of players have been futile so far. During the 2019 ICC World Cup, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik were tested in the position, but none of them was able to consolidate their place at the back.
Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh said the team’s management should have dealt with the problem. Yuvraj also noted that the number 4 dilemma is the “main reason” why India does not win the mega-event.
“You must identify which is the best talent available and then you must support that talent. For example, for Mohammad Kaif and me during the 2003 World Cup. They all failed a lot in New Zealand, but almost the same team played in the 2003 World Cup.” Cut to the 2019 WC team: They dropped me, then Manish Pandey came in, then after 1-2 more KL players (Rahul) were also tested, (Suresh) Raina came back, and then they left with Rayudu who played for 8-9 months and scored a 90 in New Zealand” Said the all-terrain to Aaj Tak.
“Before the WC, we lost to Australia and Rayudu had a bad tournament and suddenly Vijay Shankar came in. The selectors should have understood the importance of position No. 4, especially in England. Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant had no such experience. Dinesh Karthik was an experienced guy, but he was sitting, and suddenly he’s going to bat in the semi-finals. So I didn’t get the thought. I think that was the main reason India didn’t win the WC. I thought India and England were the best teams and there’s no reason why India shouldn’t have played the final,” Yuvraj added.
Chasing a modest goal of 240-runs in the semi-final of the tournament, Virat Kohli and Co were knocked down by the Kiwi bowling attack led by Matt Henry. The right arm pacemaker scalped three wickets on the reserve day to annihilate India’s higher order.
India lost Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik by only 24 races within ten overs before Ravindra Jadeja (77) and Dhoni (50) shared a 116-runs seventh-wicket stand to boost India’s hope of entering the final. In the end, however, it was not enough as India fell short in 18 runs.