Former Pakistan Captain Salman Butt defended it Team In the who were bombarded with the despicable ‘C’ word – Chokers, after their loss in the ICC WTC final against New Zealand last month. It was the sixth consecutive loss for the senior Indian men’s team in ICC knockout blows.
After winning the 2013 Champions Trophy, the Men In Blue lose the final of the 2014 T20 World Cup to Sri Lanka, the 2015 World Cup semi-final against Australia, the 2016 T20 World Cup semi-final against West Indies, the 2017 Champions Trophy final for Pakistan, 2019 World Cup semi-final to New Zealand, before losing again a knockout blow from ICC to New Zealand, this time in Test format.
South Africa were called chokers because they regularly lost big games: Salman Butt
Initially, the term Chokers, which is widely used on social media by fans and former cricketers, rather than current cricketers, was used for South Africa, as the Proteas made it a habit to lose important tournament matches for years.
The South Africans last qualified and lost in a knockout blow in the ICC tournament in the 2015 World Cup and lost to the Kiwis in the semi-finals. Since then, this label has been associated with the Indian team as they were unable to clear the final or semi-finals.
However, Salman Butt does not believe that India should be punished with the Choker label. He pointed out that even New Zealand had lost two consecutive World Cup finals – to Australia in 2015 and then to England in 2019 – but for that they still do not get a flake.
The former Pakistani opening batsman further claimed that India had won three ICC titles under MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli has so far only led the team in three ICC tournaments. Salman Butt therefore feels that it is a little unfair to mention the Asian giants as perennial chokers.
India does not have a long history of winning an ICC event. Under the previous captain, MS Dhoni, India won the Champions Trophy (2013), the World T20 (2007) and the 50th World Cup (2011). Recently, India played the World Cup (WTC) and the 2019 World Cup semi-finals. They have almost been there among the world’s Top 2 teams. “The frequency of India’s losses is therefore not so much to call it as chokers,” Salman Butt said in his YouTube video.
‘Look at the number of semi-finals New Zealand have played in the World Cup. They also played two finals (2015 and 2019). No one called them chokers. South Africa were called chokers because they regularly lost big games. They played in many finals and crunch. That is not yet the case with India, “he added.
India will have the opportunity this year to end their ICC title drought in the T20 World Cup in the UAE.