Former India player Sunil Gavaskar recently opened up on the importance of the luck factor for Team India in knockout games in the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup due to the presence of several tough contenders. However, Gavaskar was part of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team and led the 1985 World Championship-winning team as well. Following three titles between 2007 and 2013 under MS Dhoni, the Indian team have not won any ICC events as well.
Speaking on the sidelines of a promotional event, Gavaskar said, “At the last World Cup (2019) we had a match (semi-final versus New Zealand), which stretched into the second day. If it had gone the proper full day we might have had a different story because the next day it was seaming conditions and the New Zealand bowlers could bowl well. So, I think you need a little bit of luck on the day. I mean there are four-five very good teams, so you need luck on the day.”
However, Sunil Gavaskar further added that despite having plenty of talents within the squad, Team India have been facing the same results in the knockout stages. He also believes that all-rounders will play the key role to the team’s success at the World Cup.
“We have got immense talent, (but) in the knockout stage you need a little bit of luck on the day. If you look at our situation in the knockout stages where we have lost, we had ill luck just about every time,” Sunil Gavaskar concluded. “You see MSD’s team also: Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag could all bowl. It was the biggest plus. So, any team which has all-rounders (will hold the edge). You look at England who won last year’s T20 World Cup, look at the all-rounders they had. So, all-rounders are the key element.”