Before I begin, let me tell you that I was not expecting the team India to win the T20 world cup. But I didn’t expect them to go down so badly either. I thought they would reach the semi finals at least. Any way…
The analysis is simple. One, the team composition was not right and two, the players were worn out, tired and far too arrogant to win the cup. We had players in the team whose form in IPL was average to pathetic. Barring Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma among the batsmen, no other player had displayed any glimpse of remarkable form. May it be Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik or Dhoni himself. But they all made it to the team instead of the ones who hammered the bowlers in the IPL. The loss shows how unlucky Robin Utthappa, Sourabh Tiwari and Naman Ojha must have felt… all of them who were brilliant with the bat.
And the bowlers? well they do not deserve to be discussed at all. Zaheer Khan is an aggressive guy.But his aggression is not good enough for T20. In the shortest form of the game, we need intelligent bowlers and not aggressive mindless bowlers. I dont know why Ashish Nehra made a come back. Even if he did, I dont know why he was selected. Because he hardly played in the IPL. And Piyush Chawla had a dubious distinction of being one of the bowlers in IPL 3 who were hit for most number of sixes, a fair distinction to qualify for Indian team? Eh selectors? Pragyan Ojha, the man who won the purple cap for scalping highest wickets was left out, so was Irfan Pathan (who I think is a better bowler than Ashish Nehra). Thank fully they selected Vinay Kumar, but didn’t play him.
The only guys who were in some kind of form were Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh. But what can you do with a 3 member team where the rest of the players are all set to pull the team down? I wish we had Robin, Naman and Pragyan in the team in place of Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh. May be things could have been different.
Arrogance, Mr. Dhoni, paid off when you were leading Chennai Super Kings. Because you had players like R. Ashwin, Matthew Hayden, Muralitharan, Doug Bollinger, Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina at your disposal. It was their hard work and not your arrogance which won the IPL trophy for Chennai. Sadly, it didn’t pay off for team India.