Opinion: Changes India need to make in their approach to win high pressure encounters
#3 Consistency in strategy
Captain Virat Kohli, along with the team management has laid emphasis on dissecting the tasks into small parts and allocating them to particular individuals. However, the execution seems to be missing, which has been quite contradictary to the game plan.
For instance, Dinesh Karthik had asserted some days back that the team allotted a very specific role to him, which is to finish the innings. However, the first semi final saw him walk at No.5, at a precarious situation when India were staring down the barrel at 5-3.
Similarly, Kohli had claimed in the game against Australia that Mohammad Shami would be given a go when the conditions would be overcast. However, despite picking 14 wickets in 4 matches, Shami was not picked for the semi final against New Zealand at Manchester, where the conditions were overcast ahead of the game.
This inconsistent approach seems to be persisting in the team for quite some time now. Another fact to testify this is the exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin in the league game against Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017, wherein Kohli said that he played three pacers as the Pakistan batsmen were good at facing spin.
However, the final between the same two sides saw Ashwin drafted into the playing XI, and he went wicketless, giving away 70 runs from his 10 overs.
It would be prudent for the team to adopt and follow a strong strategy, and more importantly, be consistent in its execution, so as to seize the big moments in big games.