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India under Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma was an IPL all-stars squad rather than a well-rounded group with T20 expertise.

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India under Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma was an IPL all-stars squad rather than a well-rounded group with T20 expertise.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the biggest Twenty20 cricket tournaments in the world. And while the national team has had some success in the format – most notably winning the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 – they have never been able to replicate that success in the IPL. In fact, in the eleven seasons of the IPL, the Indian team has only made it to the final three times.

So when it was announced that former captain Rahul Dravid and current vice-captain Rohit Sharma would be leading an all-star squad of Indian players in this year’s IPL, there was a lot of excitement. Finally, it seemed, India would have a team that was not only full of world-class talent, but also had the experience and expertise to win the tournament.

Sadly, that excitement was short-lived. The team, which was christened the India IPL All-Stars, lost all three of their matches in the group stage and were knocked out of the tournament without even making it to the playoffs.

There are many factors that contributed to the team’s disappointing performance, but the lack of Twenty20 experience was undoubtedly one of the biggest. With the exception of Dravid and Sharma

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Gambhir acknowledges that his “sole regret in seven years of captaincy” is Suryakumar Yadav: “KKR failed to recognise his potential.”

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Gambhir acknowledges that his “sole regret in seven years of captaincy” is Suryakumar Yadav: “KKR failed to recognise his potential.”

Throughout his incredible career with the Mumbai Indians since 2018, Suryakumar Yadav has become a household name. He has established himself as a vital member of the batting lineup and is seen as the team’s future leader. He was able to establish himself in the Indian white-ball team and get to the top of the IC batting rankings in the format because to his valiant efforts at MI. But before he was let away, Suryakumar was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders lineup from 2014 to 2017. When former captain Gautam Gambhir reflects on the two IPL titles won by KKR during that time, he named the star player from India his greatest regret.

KKR featured Suryakumar Yadav from 2014 to 2017.

In 2012, Suryakumar began his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians, appearing in just one match before being cut loose the following year. He was signed by KKR in 2014, and he won the championship in his first campaign there. The right-handed batter scored 608 runs in 54 games during his four-year tenure with the team, although the majority of those runs were scored as a lower middle order hitter.

In an interview with Sportskeeda on Monday, Gambhir said that his biggest regret as KKR captain is that he failed to recognise Suryakumar’s ability or his ideal batting position in the lineup.

Finding and showcasing the greatest potential is the responsibility of a leader. If there’s one thing I regret from my seven years as captain, it’s that neither I nor the squad were able to fully utilise Suryakumar Yadav. And combinations were the key to the cause. At No. 3, you may only play one person. As a leader, you also need to consider the other ten players in the starting lineup. Although he was just as excellent at No. 7, he would have been far more effective at No. 3, he said.

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Gambhir went on to praise Suruyakumar for being a team player, citing the reason behind his appointment as the team’s vice-captain in 2015.

He was a team player as well. A good player may be anyone, but becoming a team player takes skill. Playing him at No. 6 or 7 or benching him, he was constantly grinning and eager to contribute to the squad. He went on, “That’s why we named him vice captain.”

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