India ‘played timid cricket at world events’: Nasser Hussain’s big statement ahead of 2022 T20 World Cup

Nasser believes that India needs to come out of its shell if it is to do well at ICC events.© AFP

India is now in its ninth year waiting for an ICC title. When the Indian cricket team last won an ICC event at the Champions Trophy 2013, MS Dhoni was still the skipper. As Rohit Sharma-led India prepares for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, all cricket fans of the team would be hoping for a turnaround. However, the build-up to the event for India was marred by injuries. Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah have been ruled out through injury, while stand-by pacesetter Deepak Chahar will also be unable to play at the T20 World Cup due to injury, according to a PTI report.

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain said on a podcast on Sky Sports that India needs to come out of its shell if it is to do well at ICC events.

“India’s troubles were really ICC events. They beat everyone, with a variety of players, they rotated and rested. They have very experienced cricketers from the IPL and top tier T20 cricketers. But they played somewhat shy cricket at world events, almost gone into their bowl. There is a different mindset from a bilateral to a World Cup. They definitely played fearful cricket at the last World Cup, especially on the power plays. You’ve got to keep that hitting potential from Rohit, Rahul. Suryakumar Yadav was in incredible form,” the former England skipper told Sky Sports.

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“They miss two great cricketers in Bumrah and Jadeja. They need to keep the same mindset that they’ve shown in the bilateral games for the last year or so.”

India will kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 23 in Melbourne.

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