How will Team India be able to defeat Australia in the final? (PC-Image Credit source: Alex Davidson-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
June 2023, November 2023 and February 2024 or you can reverse it and write it as February 2024, November 2023 and June 2023. However, this reversal will not have any major impact. This is the story of a total of eight months. Which only freshens the wounds of Indian cricket fans. These are those three months when the Indian team reached the finals of the ICC tournament. All three times India faced Australia. India had to face defeat all three times. In June 2023, the Indian team had to face defeat in the final of the World Test Championship. This match was played in neutral venue England. After this, in November 2023, the Indian team lost in the final of the ODI World Cup at home. The latest defeat is in the Under-19 World Cup final.
Once again the Indian team was destined for defeat in Benoni, South Africa. That is, the Indian team had to face defeat in front of its home crowd. Apart from this, Team India did not get any benefit even on neutral venue. Australia won all three times without playing at home. It is also worth noting that on all these three occasions, the Indian team had performed much better than Australia and reached the finals. In such a situation, there is only one question in the minds of Indian cricket fans – how will the Indian team defeat Australia in the ICC final?
Where is Team India getting stuck?
The final of an ICC tournament is a pressure match. It doesn’t matter how you reach the final of the tournament. The entire plan has to be made afresh. The Indian team is making a mistake here. This mistake is being made collectively. That means the reason for defeat in all three finals is ‘collective failure’. All those players who were leading in the race of scoring the most runs or taking the most wickets till the finals are suddenly looking pale. Not a single player is seen playing the role of match winner in the final. Whereas before the finals, these same players have often been single-handedly changing the outcome of the match. This is the situation when in the last two decades the fight for supremacy in cricket has been between India and Australia.
In this battle for supremacy, Australia has won most of the matches on big occasions. You remember the 2011 World Cup. As soon as India defeated Australia in the quarter-final match played in Ahmedabad, Indian cricket fans started saying that now no one can take the World Cup from the hands of the Indian team. The same thing happened. First, India defeated Pakistan in the semi-finals and then Sri Lanka in the final. With this, Team India won the World Cup for the second time under the captaincy of Dhoni. But the question is, what will India have to do to win big matches against Australia. The answer to this is simple – the Indian team will have to win some big matches against Australia. There is no other way other than this. Only the confidence that comes from winning a big match will bring Team India on the path to victory.
Understand the matter with the example of Pakistan
You remember the final of 2003 World Cup. Australia had defeated India. Remember the 2015 semi-final. Australia had defeated India there also. Sometimes it takes years to get over the fear of losing in big matches. The fear in the mind of Pakistan team against India in the World Cup has not gone away even today. Till date, Pakistan team has not been able to defeat India in the ODI World Cup. But remember another aspect of Pakistan’s example.
Remember that match in Sharjah in 1986 when Javed Miandad gave victory to Pakistan by hitting a six on the last ball of Chetan Sharma. After this, in the match which was stuck for a long time, Pakistan had the upper hand over India. But in 2004 the tables turned. The Indian team was on a tour of Pakistan. This tour of Indian team to Pakistan took place after 14 years. There was a match in Karachi during this tour. 10 runs were needed in the last over. Captain Sourav Ganguly gave the last over to Ashish Nehra. Moeen Khan was at the crease, Javed Miandad was in the pavilion. Miandad was the coach of Pakistan at that time. Nehra bowled brilliantly and gave victory to India. This match changed the face of India-Pakistan cricket.
The Indian players were filled with the belief that they also know how to win in stuck matches. After this match, you should search the records of India vs Pakistan match. You will find that after this victory of 2004, the winning percentage of the Indian team has improved. India has won more matches than Pakistan. In the history of ODI cricket, India and Pakistan have played a total of 135 matches. In this, India has won 57 matches while Pakistan has won 73 matches. That means India has won almost 40 percent of the matches. But after the victory in 2004, both the teams have played a total of 49 ODI matches. In this, India has 27 wins and Pakistan has 21. That means India has won about 55 percent of the matches. Overall the matter is very simple. Many times, winning just one or two matches improves the records against the opposing team. The Indian team needs to win one or two such big matches against Australia. The records will improve automatically.