The Indian cricket team is regarded as one of the best sides in the world. Thanks to some world-class players, the Men in Blue have dominated world cricket for many years.
However, the biggest complaint that fans and critics have from the team is their failure to win major ICC tournaments.
It’s been close to a decade since they last lifted a major ICC trophy. They haven’t won anything major since the 2013 Champions Trophy. That victory came under MS Dhoni’s command and since then it has been a barren run.
It’s not that the team hasn’t been playing great cricket, it has. It’s just that they have struggled to go all the way, losing out in the final thrice – the 2014 T20 World Cup, the 2017 Champions Trophy, and the inaugural World Test Championship final.
After having failed twice in the last two years in the T20 World Cups, the next 12 months are huge for the Men in Blue. India is set to host the ODI World Cup later this year and fans want the Rohit Sharma-led side to emulate the results of the last time this tournament was held in India back in 2011.
Since it’s a home World Cup, there is extra pressure on the players to deliver for if they don’t the fans wouldn’t forgive them that easily.
Amidst all this, veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has defended Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli saying that winning an ICC trophy is no cakewalk and they shouldn’t be frowned upon for that.
India’s most successful off-spinner used the example of ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar who took six attempts to realise his long-time dream of lifting a World Cup trophy.
The legendary cricketer, arguably the greatest batter of all time, failed five times before he finally lifted the World Cup trophy in 2011.
“It’s easy to say you haven’t won this and so on. After the 1983 World Cup, the great Sachin Tendulkar played the 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, and 2007 World Cups. He finally won the World Cup in 2011. He had to wait for 6 World Cups to finally win one,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
The veteran spinner indirectly blamed legendary captain MS Dhoni for corrupting fans’ minds by winning multiple ICC trophies during his tenure.
Before he took charge of the Indian team, the country hadn’t won any major trophy since the 1983 World Cup but he ended that drought in his first major tournament itself by winning the 2007 World T20.
He then ended India’s 28-year-long drought for a 50-over World Cup in 2011 and helped Tendulkar realise the biggest dream of his professional career. Two years later, he delivered yet another trophy, winning the 2013 Champions trophy.
Within a space of six years, Dhoni won everything that was there to be won and is still the only captain to win every single major trophy in white-ball cricket.
“Just because another stalwart MS Dhoni came and won a World Cup as soon as he took charge, doesn’t mean it’ll happen to everyone, right?”
Ashwin indirectly blamed the former wicketkeeper for increasing the fans’ hopes to another level. Now, they want India to lift the trophy every time they participate in a major event.