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With India’s 2 matches of the Super 8 match over and with them effectively India’s hopes of qualifying for the semis, it is time to make a couple of points about India’s no-show at this tourney.
1> The standard of cricket exhibited at the IPL and the World T20 are reams apart. In the latter, we have the best teams representing their country, whereas the IPL teams are constrained to having just 4 foreign internationals representing them and at the same time they need to ensure that deserving youngsters (read youngsters with potential) are given a chance to ware their talents. So suddenly we have our IPL heroes peppered with short-pitched balls and when you are a team batting second and chasing a large total, you have to try and hit every ball and the proclivity to succumb to the short-pitched variety is both exposed and exploited. Besides, since when have Indian batsmen known to be masters of the short ball?
2> Dhoni’s tactics of opening with a spinner, a carry over of the successful ploy with the Chennai Super Kings at the 2010 IPL, would have been successful only if the opening spinner makes some inroads into the opposition’s batting line-up. Harbhajan Singh seems to be concentrating more on restricting the batsman rather than buying their wickets. Minus points to Dhoni for unimaginative captaincy.
A few other musings on the T20 tourney:
It is so evident that the timings of the T20 tournament were tailored towards the Indian subcontinent’s audience, with all of India’s matches scheduled at TV PrimeTime, and 9: 30 a.m. local time, it is no wonder that the tournament , as a whole, has become a big YAWN! A yawn for the Indian viewers since its bedtime, and also a huge YAWN in terms of a surfeit of T20 cricket.
Though India has an outside chance of making the semis, on NRR i.e. if they beat Sri Lanka by a big enough margin and Australia trounce the Windies, no self-respecting Indian cricket fan would wish India would qualify by such means. You have to win to win and not get through on technicalities.
It is my opinion that Australia are now firm favorites for the title with England , the dark horses , who could spring a surprise.
It might be very interesting if Sri Lanka win because that would be a treble of T20 wins for the subcontinent.
But my money’s on the Aussies, who have a point to prove! And prove it they will!
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