Former India opener Gautam Gambhir said that India has failed to win a major ICC tournament because it have lacked belief and confidence in the knockout stages.
Gautam Gambhir (Reuters Image)
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India’s 2-time World Cup-wining player Gautam Gambhir feels that lack of mental toughness is the reason why India have failed to win any major ICC tournament in the recent years.
The former opener said that India can make claims that it have got everything to be the world champions but can’t be called one until anything is proven on the cricket field.
Gautam Gambhir, who top-scored for India in 2007 T20 World Cup final and 2011 World Cup final, added that there is a chance to make mistakes in league stages but when it comes to the knockout stage India should refrain from making any. Gambhir opined that the role of “belief” in the team very important in the knockout stages.
“What sets you apart from being a good player to being a very very good player in a team squad is what you do on those crucial games. I think probably we have not been able to handle the pressure, probably other teams have been able to handle the pressure that way.
“If you look at all the semi-finals and finals, it just show when playing really well in the league stage and you don’t play well in the semi-finals or knockout, it’s probably your mental toughness as well. We can keep talking that we’ve got everything, we have the ability to be the world champions but till the time you don’t go on the cricket field and prove that, you will never be called the World champion.
“So it’s just your ability in those crunch situations. I’ve always said this, in bilateral and league stages you have got probably a chance to make the mistake, come to the knockout stage you don’t have a chance to make a mistake, you make a mistake and you’re going back home. So that’s where beliefs come into play and that is where India lacks in all those crucial games,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports.
Notably, India after winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, have failed to win any major ICC tournament. Combining the performances of the men’s and women’s team, India have extended the country’s losing run in ICC finals and semi-finals to 8 matches in a row since 2013.