India, who entered Asia Cup 2022 as the top favourites having won the continental tournament a record seven times, were knocked out in the Super 4 stage itself. The Men in Blue lost two games on the trot, against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the second round to get eliminated from the tournament. Although they registered a consolation win over Afghanistan in their last Super 4s match, their performance throughout the tournament was a bit shabby.
The Rohit Sharma-led team could not defend 182 and 174 in their two games which attracted a lot of criticism from fans as well as experts. Many cited different reasons for India’s shambolic performance at the Asia Cup 2022. While a few reckoned that it was Rohit Sharma’s captaincy that did not yield results, a few felt the bowlers let the team down. Some experts also pointed out the lack of contribution from the batters.
However, there was also a section that held the team management accountable for the losses. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Ramiz Raja was also among those people who felt that the management did not use the players well. Raja pointed out that the continuous chopping and changing to the playing XI was one of the main reasons behind India’s failure at the Asia Cup 2022.
“You have seen the team’s ranking; the results are also visible. If we compare the teams of India and Pakistan, people have been asking me why am I playing the same combination? You will leave them injured or so… My point is that we have handled a particular situation and won games. So, why should I change the winning model,” Raja said.
“India went down only because they are not letting the model set. They are making too many changes. They have a bigger pool of players with which they are experimenting. So, unless you don’t have that kind of bench strength, you don’t need experimentation. You have got a strong position so just hold that and keep winning games,” he added.