BCCI Chairman Sourav Ganguly did not hesitate to call out team India’s bad performance in the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021. It is recognized that Virat Kohli’s men could not even reach the semi-finals after back to back defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand.
It was the first time that the Indian team failed to reach the knock-out stage of an ICC event since their ouster in the 2012 T20 World Cup.
Here is what BCCI Boss Ganguly said about the team’s performance:
“To be honest, 2017 [and] 2019, I think India was good. 2017 Champions Trophy we lost the final to Pakistan at the Oval, I was a commentator then. Then the 2019 World Cup in England, we were exceptional right throughout, beat everyone and lost to New Zealand in the semi-final – one bad day and the entire good work for two months was just wiped away,” he said in a conversation with journalist Boria Majumdar on his show “Backstage with Boria.
“[I am] a little disappointed with the way we played this World Cup. I think this has been the poorest of all what I have seen in the last four-five years,” added Sourav.
“I don’t know what’s the reason but I just felt they did not play with enough freedom this World Cup. Sometimes it happens in big tournaments, you just get stuck and when I saw them playing against Pakistan and New Zealand – I just felt this was the team which was playing to 15% of its ability. And sometimes you can’t just a finger on it that this is the reason why it happened,” Concluded the former Indian Skipper.