Following a victorious 1-0 Test series and a hard-fought 2-1 win in the ODI series, the Indian cricket team experienced a mixed performance on their West Indies tour. Despite a draw in the T20 series, the team couldn’t secure a win in the format. After losing the first two matches and making a comeback to level the series at 2-2, West Indies clinched the T20 series victory with a win in the final match, sealing the series 3-2. While young players showcased their individual talent, the team struggled collectively in the T20 series. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar offered an interesting perspective on this.
In an interview, Gavaskar stated, “A player can perform well at the franchise level, but when it comes to playing for the country, the pressure and expectations increase. Even the best performers find it challenging here. We have often seen under-19 players struggle to transition to the senior team.” During the T20 series against West Indies, three debutants represented Team India. Apart from Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Verma and Mukesh Kumar were also given the opportunity to play.
Challenges Differ for Youth at Senior Level: Gavaskar
Gavaskar remarked, “Playing against kids and playing against seniors are different things. The things that appear as pieces of cake at the under-19 level suddenly become distinct at the senior level.” He emphasized that India shouldn’t be disheartened by the loss in the T20 series against West Indies, highlighting that the Caribbean players have twice won the ICC T20 World Cup and are seasoned performers in the IPL for various franchises.
Losing to West Indies Not a Shame
Loss against West Indies should not be shameful. Remember, they have won the ICC T20 World Cup twice and their players are match-winners for different franchises in the IPL. So, they are at the top. Losing to a good T20 team is not something to be ashamed of. However, it could serve as a warning for India to address the areas that need improvement to strengthen their side,” Gavaskar concluded.