T20 WC: Misbah praises the current team as “skillful” and draws attention to India’s inability to finish well in ICC competitions

May 17, New Delhi The world has been aware of India’s struggles in these major competitions. Ahead of the highly anticipated T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and the West Indies, former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq expressed his opinion that the team has not performed well in the last few years at the ICC events, despite praising the current squad as “skillful” and having a “powerful bowling lineup.”

India went into the ODI World Cup last year undefeated until losing to Australia in the championship match at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

Since MS Dhoni won the Champions Trophy in 2013, India has not won an ICC championship. In three years, they were denied victories in the World Test Championship twice. Men in Blue’s journey came to an end in the semifinal of the most recent T20 World Cup when they lost to England.

A former Pakistani batsman praised the caliber of Indian cricket and commended Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami for leading India’s current pace attack.

The Indian squad has changed; they are now a skilled team with a potent bowling lineup. Although they have always had a good batting lineup, their quick bowling has significantly improved. With bowlers like Bumrah, Shami, Siraj, and Hardik Pandya’s all-around skills, Indian cricket has improved dramatically. “They’ve become more adept at managing stress as well,” Misbah said in the Star Sports Press Room.

“Their confidence is boosted and they get exposure from playing so much cricket. Opposing teams will have to work hard, which is a challenging undertaking, to break this. Take Australia as an example. Their strong mental attitude helps them get past most of these obstacles. They maintain their composure in stressful times and throughout huge games,” he said.

The winner of the 2009 T20 World Cup made it clear that, despite their strong start, India lagged behind in terms of concluding the competition. Nations like Pakistan, India, and other Asian nations, on the other hand, deal with a great deal of pressure because of their large populations and high standards. The performance might be greatly impacted by this pressure. In the last several major tournaments, India has had difficulty finishing strong due to this, according to Misbah.

The seasoned player went on to say that India must come up with ways to handle pressure in ICC elimination matches. “Playing under such great pressure is a significant difficulty for Pakistan and India, but it’s not as big of a concern for Australia. It will be fascinating to see how these clubs handle it going forward. If they want to win in future events, India in particular will need to figure out how to handle this increasing strain,” he said.

Misbah gave his opinion on the selection of return pacer Muhammad Amir in the Pakistan T20 World Cup team, saying, “I will talk about the Champions Trophy held in 2017.” There will undoubtedly be a difference between the Muhammad Amir we saw in the past and the one we will see at the ICC T20 World Cup. In contrast to his current situation, he will have less speed, swing, and zip than he had in the past. But from this point on, his experience will be an advantage.

“I believe he can perform it more effectively right now. As we saw in the 2017 Champions Trophy, one may take advantage of things at the conclusion of the innings, but not at the start. However, Amir’s expertise has shown us that there are slower ones outside of the office stump and bowling yorkers. The most significant factor is managing pressure in key games against India. If you’ve played well and have previously prevailed in games at pivotal moments and bowled to powerful hitters, Amir will value this more in India vs. Pakistan and other games as well.

After facing Ireland in the first match of the T20 World Cup on June 5, India will meet their bitter rivals Pakistan in their second match on June 9 in New York.

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