Former West Indies speedster Sir Curtly Ambrose has expressed his astonishment at India’s sixth consecutive defeat in the ICC knockout games since 2014. Team India lifted their last ICC title back in 2013 when they won the Champions Trophy under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
India’s recent major defeat came against New Zealand during the 2021 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. The Virat Kohli-led suffered a trembling defeat of eight wickets on the ultimate day of the match.
This loss marked Virat Kohli’s third successive knockout defeat as captain across all ICC tournaments. Before the WTC Final 2021, the Asian Giants lost the 2017 Champions Trophy final against Pakistan and the 2019 World Cup semi-final against the Kiwis.
In a recent video uploaded on his Youtube Channel, the legendary cricketer said:
“In the last 6-7 ICC events, Team India has failed in the finals or lost in the semi-finals. I am just wondering (why). Because they have been so successful. But when you get to those big occasions, they tend to fail on a consistent basis,” said Curtly Ambrose on the ‘The Curtly and Karishma Show’.
‘Team India must stick to their plans’: Ambrose
Sir Curtly Ambrose further stated that India must stick to the plans that have brought them success over the years rather than tweaking them in knockout games.
“Is it a situation where they change their game plan or they put themselves under pressure because of the occasion? If that is the case, then it is wrong. As a former cricketer (I can say), the things that you do to make you successful, to get you to where you are, you continue to do them and try to improve,” he added.
The Indian cricket team has reached the semi-final or final of every ICC tournament ever since they won the 2013 Champions Trophy. However, they failed to cross the finishing line on each occasion. India’s next multi-nation assignment will be the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup under the captaincy of Kohli in the UAE.