India’s inability to win at high-profile events has chipped away at the invincibility. MS Dhoni’s men failed to make it to the final of the Asia Cup, where they were beaten by Bangladesh. In Australia, in the summer of 2011-12 they lost miserably and could not match the efforts of the hosts and Sri Lanka. India also failed to turn it on in the English summer of 2011.
Sachin Tendulkar retired from ODI cricket just before the home series against Pakistan on the day the team was to be announced. He played only 10 matches after the World Cup. Tendulkar retired as the highest run-getter in the history of one-day cricket with 18,426 runs. He ended up with one short of 50 ODI centuries.
Opener Virender Sehwag went from strength to strength after he witnessed India’s biggest ODI moment. He slammed the highest individual score in one-day cricket (219) vs West Indies on December 8, 2011, but lost his place in the team after India succumbed to the visiting Pakistanis late last year.
Virat Kohli, who had five career ODI hundreds by the end of the World Cup, has experienced an even better run, scoring eight hundreds in the last 24 months to become quite easily India’s Most Valuable Player. He also was anointed India’s vice-captain.
Harbhajan Singh, who celebrated most emphatically at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 now finds himself out in the cold in all forms of the game. R Ashwin has taken his place, but no one can reckon without Bhajji’s fighting qualities which will come to play in the
Player-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh’s life changed forever after he was diagnosed with cancer later in the year. Yuvraj conquered the biggest opponent of his life and returned to the cricket field. However, he has not been able to cement his place in the side.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who was part of the World Cup squad has not played even a single ODI for India after the 2011 World Cup.
Big-hitting Yusuf Pathan, who promised greater deeds, has slipped away into near oblivion. Not that he hit the high notes during the Cup in which he figured in six matches, but the Baroda man has not been able to return to the team after the Asia Cup in March 2012.
Zaheer Khan, who played a crucial role in India’s World Cup triumph, has been in and out of the team because of calf and ankle injuries.
He has featured in just nine ODIs post the Cup and has been out of action on the one-day front since Aug 2012.
For the record...
After the World Cup triumph, India’s ODI report card reads: Played 44, Won 25, Lost 16, No result 2, Tied 1
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