The Indian team started the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 as the title contenders. India had defeated England in their first warm-up match and Australia in their second warm-up match. However, when India faced Pakistan in their first match of the Super 12, Team India got all four. The bowling unit that the Indian team management used to brag about did not take a single wicket against Pakistan, while against New Zealand Jasprit Bumrah was the only bowler to take two wickets.
In this T20 World Cup, Pakistan started the game like champions and crushed India by 10 wickets in their first match. After this New Zealand also defeated India by 8 wickets. At the same time, New Zealand, after losing to Pakistan, made a dominating performance in all the other matches to ensure their place in the semi-finals. India needed to win one of these two matches, which could not happen and then the team depended on the other.
The left-arm fast bowlers performed brilliantly in the ongoing T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman. In Group-2, Shaheen Afridi and Trent Boult did a lot for India. At the same time, bowlers like Mitchell Starc dominated Group 1. At the same time, India did not have any left-arm bowlers. It is also not that there is no left-arm fast bowler in India, but they were not given a chance.
Mystery bowler Varun Chakraborty was over-trusted. So confident that his performance itself became a mystery. Against Pakistan and New Zealand, he could not even take wickets, while against Afghanistan he was dropped and then against Scotland when he got a chance, he could not open the account again. Lack of experience in playing international matches hindered his good performance.
The right selection of the Indian team against the legendary teams like Pakistan and New Zealand also caused Indias hopes to be shattered in this mega event. The absence of their most experienced spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the first two matches was a blow for the team. He proved in the next two games that he could take wickets against any team or create pressure from one end with his experience.
Virat Kohli was not lucky in this tournament. It often happens to them that they do not win the toss. Something similar happened in the T20 World Cup as well, when they lost the opening three toss. The dew falls in the second innings in Dubai, so the role of the toss is important. Babar Azam and Kane Williamson won the toss and took the first bowling and broke Indias back. Indian bowlers longed to take wickets in the dew.