India’s early withdrawal from the T20 World Cup 2021, according to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, was the team’s “poorest” performance in the recent 4-5 years. The Men in Blue, who came into the competition as favourites, had a disastrous campaign and were eliminated from the league stage. It was the first time India had failed to advance to the knockout stages of an ICC event since the 2012 T20 World Cup.

With the Virat Kohli-led team failing to meet expectations, the team has come under fire from a variety of quarters. Ganguly didn’t hold back in criticizing the team’s performance. After being questioned why India couldn’t even qualify for the semi-finals despite performing admirably in the bilateral series leading up to the World Cup, the former Indian captain made his thoughts clear.

“To be honest, I think India was good in 2017 and 2019. We lost the 2017 Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at the Oval, where I was a commentator. Then came the 2019 World Cup in England, where we were excellent throughout, beating everyone and losing in the semi-final to New Zealand – “one terrible day and the entire wonderful effort for two months was completely wiped away,” he remarked on his show “Backstage with Boria” with writer Boria Majumdar.

“I’m a little dissatisfied with how we performed in this World Cup. I believe this is the worst of anything I’ve seen in the previous four or five years,” the former Indian captain remarked. While Ganguly could not pinpoint where India went wrong, he believes that mega-events might cause teams to lose their focus. He also stated that the team was only performing at 15% of its potential.

“I’m not sure why, but I just thought they didn’t have enough freedom to play this World Cup. Sometimes in big tournaments, you just get stuck, and when I saw them play against Pakistan and New Zealand, I just felt like this was a squad that was only performing at 15% of their potential. And sometimes you just can’t put your finger on why something happened,” the 49-year-old continued.