India concluded their West Indies tour on a disappointing note, facing defeat in the T20I series. This marked their first bilateral T20I series loss since 2021 and brought an end to India’s previously unbroken streak of twelve series wins.

While Hardik Pandya, the captain of India’s T20I team, remains unfazed by this isolated series loss, former cricketer Venkatesh Prasad believes it’s a moment that warrants serious self-reflection. He points out that the team’s performance in limited-overs cricket has been lackluster for a considerable period.

The West Indies tour began with a 1-0 victory in a two-Test series, followed by a 2-1 win in the three-match ODI series. However, it was in the T20Is that the West Indies presented a formidable challenge, as anticipated due to their historical prowess in the shortest format of the game.

Sharing his perspective on the situation via the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), Prasad remarked, “India’s limited-overs performances have noticeably declined for quite some time now. The recent loss to a West Indies side that failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup a few months ago is telling. We also experienced a defeat against Bangladesh in the ODI series. My hope is that the team engages in introspection instead of resorting to superficial statements.”

Prasad’s comments refer to Pandya’s post-match remarks, where he emphasized focusing on the broader process rather than being disheartened by occasional series losses.

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Additionally, Prasad highlighted that West Indies not only missed qualification for the ODI World Cup but also didn’t progress beyond the initial stage in the T20 World Cup last year.

“Not limited to the fifty-over format, West Indies couldn’t qualify for the T20 World Cup held last October to November. Witnessing India’s underwhelming performance being brushed aside under the pretext of ‘process’ is disheartening. The passion and determination seem lacking, and it’s as if we’re living in a state of illusion,” he conveyed.

Responding to a user’s query, Prasad stressed that both the team captain and management need to shoulder responsibility for the setback. He criticized the inconsistent player selection process and the casual usage of terms like “process.”

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“The team captain and management should be answerable for this setback and must take responsibility. The term ‘process’ and similar phrases are being misused nowadays. While MS Dhoni used it earnestly, contemporary individuals are simply throwing the term around. The selection process lacks coherence, and arbitrary decisions are becoming all too common,” he stated.

In another post, Prasad asserted that the Indian captain has appeared uncertain at times and expressed concerns about favoritism influencing player selection.

“India must enhance their skill set. There seems to be a lack of passion and intensity, with instances where the captain appears at a loss. Bowlers struggle to contribute with the bat, while batsmen find it challenging to bowl. It’s crucial not to surround oneself with those who always agree and not to be swayed by favoritism towards certain players. Instead, the focus should be on the overall betterment of the team,” he emphasized.

India’s upcoming challenge involves a three-match T20I series against Ireland, slated to commence later this week.

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