Prime Sports, National (Mumbai), June 15:- Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan on Sunday said Team India needs better planning before heading into ICC tournaments which has been elusive for some time now.
“If you look at the recent 2019 (World Cup) tournament, it was bad planning, I think the team can do better planning,” Irfan said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
“Look, we have resources. We have players, we have fitness, we have everything to be a world champion. The only thing lacking is that we did not have a No.4 batsman just before the World Cup as well. We were struggling with having a proper eleven.
“I think we need to make sure that we have better planning going into the ICC tournaments, going into the World Cup. If we have better planning we have all the resources to be a champion,” added the 35-year old who has played 120 ODIs and 29 Tests for India.
India last won an ICC event in 2013 when M.S. Dhoni led the side to win the Champions Trophy in England. Since then, they have entered the semi-finals of both the 50-overs World Cups but lost there. Similarly, they lost to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 final.
One of the problems with the ‘Men in Blue’ in the recent ICC events has been their inability to take their momentum of the league stage into the knockouts. For instance, in the 2019 World Cup, Virat Kohli’s men had topped the league stage but they faltered in the semi-final against New Zealand.
Former opener Gautam Gambhir has also said the current Indian team lacks belief while playing in the knockout stages of multilateral tournaments and that’s why they end up on the losing side while playing in the semi-finals and finals. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).