3 Reasons Why India Will Not Win T20 World Cup 2024

Rohit Sharma will lead IND in T20 WC [X.com]Rohit Sharma will lead IND in T20 WC [X.com]

In a remarkable development, India named their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the United States. 

The squad, led by Rohit Sharma, saw some notable inclusions, with Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shivam Dube making it into the final fifteen. 

However, Rinku Singh's exclusion sparked debates and discussions as the swashbuckling southpaw has been a consistent performer with the bat in the shortest format. 

Nevertheless, despite having a formidable squad on paper, there are several factors which might prevent India from winning the World Cup. 

Conservative thought process

Dube might not start in IND's playing XI [X.com]Dube might not start in IND's playing XI [X.com]

Although India have picked dynamic middle-order batters like Shivam Dube and Sanju Samson in their WC squad, the duo might miss out on selection, with the Men in Blue likely to have a top seven comprising Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. 

If this actually turns out to be India's batting order, it will depict their conservative thought process in T20I team building. 

They definitely have an opportunity to make a room for Dube, but for that, they should open with Rohit and Kohli, dropping Jaiswal, which is unlikely to happen. 

Batting form of all-rounders

Jadeja, the batter, is a liability in T20Is [X.com]Jadeja, the batter, is a liability in T20Is [X.com]

The batting form of India's first-choice all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya could be a massive concern for the Men in Blue in the tournament. 

Pandya has blown hot and cold as a finisher in the IPL 2024, managing only 197 runs at an average of 24.63. His big-hitting ability has certainly declined as he has been struggling to get going, particularly against left-arm finger spin and hit-the-deck bowlers. 

On the other hand, Jadeja is more of an anchor, who is compelled to bat at number seven in the Indian team, courtesy of a flamboyant top and upper middle order. 

He is not someone who can capitalise on the last few deliveries to score a match-winning cameo against good bowling attacks. So, if he is India's finisher in the competition, we certainly don't see them finishing on a high note. 

In such a scenario, India are more dependent on their top five and need one of those guys to bat deep for the team's cause. 

Bumrah - Lone warrior in pace department?

Bumrah might lack support, especially in slog overs [X.com]Bumrah might lack support, especially in slog overs [X.com]

As it has been the case, Jasprit Bumrah continues to be India's most valuable asset heading to the T20 World Cup. 

However, as they say, bowlers operate in partnerships, does Bumrah have an equally good partner? The answer is a big no. 

While Mohammed Siraj has been a pale shadow of himself in the IPL 2024, Arshdeep lacks control and has yet to establish himself as a match-winner at the international level. 

So, despite having a robust spin bowling department, India have a bit undercooked pace battery, which might let them down in big matches.