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T20 World Cup 2021 | Is the IPL hurting India’s limited-overs performance?

It is players from abroad who benefit from coming to play the IPL, but Indian cricketers don’t gain from sharpening their skills by playing cricket abroad.

November 08, 2021 / 09:07 PM IST
Illustration by Suneesh K.

Illustration by Suneesh K.

The lopsided losses to Pakistan and New Zealand in the ongoing T20 World Cup may have come as a shock to Indian fans, but even a cursory look at the team’s performance over the last 10 years shows that the results aren’t entirely unexpected. India's showing in limited-overs cricket has been quite average for some years now. The last major trophy it won was the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the last time it won the T20 World Cup was way back in 2007.

In the five editions of the tournament since then, India has mostly flattered to deceive, coming close to winning only in 2014 when it lost the finals to Sri Lanka. In 2009, 2010 and 2012 it was knocked out early while in 2016 it lost to West Indies in the semis.

For a nation that hosts the most successful T20 league in the world, that’s actually a shocking record. As the former England skipper Michael Vaughan tweeted: “For all the talent & depth in #India cricket they under achieved massively for years in white ball Cricket”.

To be fair, in this time the team’s performance in Tests has been excellent, notwithstanding the loss to New Zealand in the finals of the World Test Championship. Series wins in Australia and the showing in the four Tests in England earlier this year, cap an excellent run particularly outside the subcontinent, the bane of Indian teams in the past.