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India becoming consistent in choking under pressure

India becoming consistent in choking under pressure

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, and others would have to wait another 4 years to win the 3rd 50-overs World Cup title for India as they have been knocked out by New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

It was not the first time that the blue shirts fell short of winning an ICC event in recent times as they have been choking under pressure in high voltage knockout games rather consistently. It all started with India’s defeat in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in 2014 when they had remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.

Then came the 2015 World Cup in which they lost the semi-final to the Aussies, coming off an unbeaten run. The semi-final of the World T20 in 2016 was a rather emotional encounter as they lost a close game to West Indies and that too at home.

The comprehensive defeat in the final of Champions Trophy in 2017 at the hands of arch-rivals, Pakistan, and the recent semi-final loss to New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has raised the question regarding India’s pressure handling skills in big tournaments as they choked in the all-important games of the last 2 world events.