BCCI fired the five-member selection committee on Friday after the disappointment of the T20 World Cup
England’s heartbreaking exit of Team India in the 2022 T20 World Cup is starting to have repercussions at home, even as the Men in Blue arrived in Wellington to take on New Zealand. While the first T20I was wiped out, the selection committee failed to weather the storm and was suspended in the wake of India’s showing at Australia’s T20 World Cup.
What started as an adventure with thrilling victories over Pakistan, the Netherlands and then Bangladesh, the Men in Blue reached the semi-finals having topped their group by 8 points, but were completely overpowered by Jos Buttler and Co. in the last four.
Rohit Sharma’s men suffered only their second 10 wicket defeat in T20 World Cup history, the earlier against Pakistan in last year’s T20 World Cup in UAE. Both losses weighed heavily on the five-member selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma, who was fired on Friday.
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Why has BCCI dismissed the entire Team India selection committee led by Chetan Sharma?
During Chetan’s tenure, India had also failed to reach the knockout stage in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup and lost the final of the World Test Championships.
After failing to reach the knockouts in last year’s World Cup, there were plenty of unsavory events that followed that did not reflect Indian cricket in a good light. Virat Kohli’s ouster as ODI captain, followed by his public spat with then BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, sparked a major uproar on social media.
The Men in Blue suffered back-to-back series losses in South Africa during the new year, and Kohli also stepped down as Test captain, with Rohit taking over in all formats. Series wins against Sri Lanka, West Indies and England followed, while a second-tier India team also fended off the challenge of Zimbabwe and Ireland, but in the biggest test of the year before the World Cup, India failed in the Asia Cup.
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Rohit Sharma’s men failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament despite being defending champions and record title winners. Back-to-back losses against Pakistan and Sri Lanka exposed India’s weakness which is bowling to death.
Jasprit Bumrah was injured in the run-up to the Asia Cup, but was rushed in the run-up to the World Cup. After playing against South Africa, he did not play against Australia and it was later revealed that the pacer had indeed aggravated his injury while making a quick recovery.
The final nail in the coffin for Chetan Sharma and co came during the World Cup, even though there were many promising signs, the semi-final exit left a lot to be desired. And so Sourav Ganguly’s tenure came to an end, Roger Binny took over, and now with the resignation of the selection committee, it will be a transition period for BCCI for the ODI World Cup at home in 2023.