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India’s capitulation was appalling

India ended their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with a third consecutive defeat, which not many would have expected at the start of the tournament.

cricket Updated: Jun 18, 2009 00:46 IST
Geoffrey Boycott
Geoffrey Boycott
Hindustan Times
India’s capitulation was appalling

India ended their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with a third consecutive defeat, which not many would have expected at the start of the tournament.

However, even the most diehard Indian fan will agree that his team did not deserve to be among the top four, going by the quality of cricket they played.

They were lamentably poor under pressure against England on Sunday, and too many of them failed the examination. The fielding was appalling, riddled with misfields perpetrated by a fumbling squad. The boundary that Zaheer Khan let through in the closing stages of England's innings was an epitome of the Indian fielding effort as a whole.

A batsman, a bowler, or a catcher may have an off day, but there's no reason to overlook slipshod ground fielding.

What really surprised me was that both against England and South Africa, some of the Indian batsmen looked petrified. Most of them are supposed to embody the bold new generation of Indian cricket, but many of them looked as though they couldn't wait to get away from the pitch.

The way Rohit Sharma dragged a fairly full one from Ryan Sidebottom on to his stumps was shocking, and the mistimed hook that Suresh Raina played off Sidebottom again indicated why he couldn't repeat his IPL success.

The inept exhibition against the rising ball means that they will be getting some more of the same from other teams, and they have only themselves to blame.

Against South Africa, too, the lack of application on an admittedly difficult pitch was disappointing, and that is what hurts, really.

Losing is not a crime, but one hates watching bad cricket, and the sight of teams giving up without a fight is not pleasant.