T20 World Cup: India have skills but not the mental toughness, says Gautam Gambhir after New Zealand defeat

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir doesn’t think Virat Kohli’s team has the mental strength to win knockout games in ICC tournaments after their 8-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup on Sunday.

India had to beat New Zealand to revive their campaign and were expected to come hard at the Blackcaps, but the complete opposite happened when they took the field in Dubai.

The Men in Blue managed just 110 for 7 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first and then saw the Blackcaps gun down the target in just 14.3 overs. India will now have to win their remaining 3 games and depend on other results to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.

Gambhir however, feels the current Indian team under Virat Kohli lacks the mental strength to win important games which is why they have lost knockout games in major tournaments over the last two years.

“Yes talent is one thing, you’ve got all the skills and do really well in bilaterals and stuff. But when it comes to these kind of games and tournaments, this is when you have got to stand up and perform.

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