Former India batter tuned veteran commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said the current Indian squad will need to learn from former captain MS Dhoni’s book as they look to break their jinx in ICC events during the upcoming World Cup at home. As per him, India will need to play the knockout games like just another game, which is what Dhoni was the best at doing as well. However, India won the World Cup under Dhoni when they hosted the mega event last time in 2011.
On Star Sports/ESPN Cricinfo’s ‘Selection Day Live’ programme, Manjrekar said, “For India, in the ICC events, it’s not about getting through to semis. India’s problem has been the big night. I just hope and pray, with the kind of talent that they have, that they just play like Mahendra Singh Dhoni used to play a semi-final or a World Cup final, like it was any other game. That’s the only challenge for India considering their record in the big tournaments.”
However, India reached the semifinal of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia but was beaten by ten wickets by England in the knockout clash in Adelaide as well.
“Well done (to the selectors). This is a very good squad and is very close to the World Cup squad. I think couple of players would be omitted, and we know who the fringe players are, who are likely to be under some pressure during the Asia Cup.”Good squad. The planning and everything is in place. It’s now just about the big nights,” he concluded.