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Extras hurt edgy Indians

Too many runs were given away on Sunday, and when you add the extras, it doesn’t help. Twice there were five wides, that too by the spinners, and that eventually hurt India. Anil Kumble comments.

cricket Updated: Jun 16, 2009 00:58 IST
Anil Kumble

Too many runs were given away on Sunday, and when you add the extras, it doesn’t help. Twice there were five wides, that too by the spinners, and that eventually hurt India.

The team was a bit uptight, not the free-look Indian team we have got used to seeing. You could see it as they walked in, perhaps weighed down by the burden of expectation.

This is a team sport and you cannot put a finger on anyone for the failure. It is such a quick-paced game that you have to trust your instincts when you need to take certain decisions.

It certainly was a game India should have won but these things happen. And you have to give credit to England, especially their bowlers. They peppered the Indians with short-pitched stuff and pegged them back. They say Indians don’t play the short ball well, let me assure you that no one does.

With runs being the only aim, and ducking not being an option, the batsmen had to play their shots, leaving them vulnerable on a pitch where the ball didn’t come on quickly enough. Rohit Sharma’s dismissal was a classic example, he had finished his shot before the ball had fully arrived.

Basically, it was good execution of plans by England and not just poor shot selection by the Indians. Perhaps, on hindsight, Yuvraj Singh should have come in at four. He’s been in tremendous touch after all.

Overall though, it came down to fielding. Had they saved more runs to start with, the chase would have been simpler. Also, the England batting is mostly about Kevin Pietersen. He clicked and the Indians lost.

All is not lost though. I can understand the feelings of the fans and sympathize with them. After all, this was a World Cup waiting to be won and no loss goes down well but we need to have faith in this team. This is the same team that has been producing great results over the past two years, they will be back to winning ways.

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