Momentum, consistency a must for success in the shortest format
After losing their opening match to India, Pakistan are already staring at a do-or-die match against Australia on Sunday. India were eliminated in the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka after losing just one match to Australia in the Super Eight stages.india Updated: Mar 23, 2014 01:12 IST
After losing their opening match to India, Pakistan are already staring at a do-or-die match against Australia on Sunday. India were eliminated in the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka after losing just one match to Australia in the Super Eight stages.
It is not just the T20 format which leaves teams with very little margin for error as one over can change the complexion of a match; fixtures and draw too offer little breathing space.
Here a team will need to finish in the top two in the five-team group. The funny thing is a team might not even falter, it could be just that a couple of players in the other team play like men possessed on that particular day. On Friday, The Netherlands eliminated Ireland by chasing 190 in 13.5 overs!
Australia skipper George Bailey accepts luck will play a role for a team to go on to win the title but he believes even in T20 and in this tournament, momentum and consistency will not be redundant.
Pakistan coach Moin Khan believed consistency and T20 are bit of an oxymoron. He had India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for company.
"What this format does is reduce the difference in quality between sides. It's important to do well in each and every game. It's about how we perform on a particular day. In the last T20 World Cup, we lost just one game and were not able to make it to the knockout stages. Our group is especially tough," said Dhoni.
Moin was a lot more upfront. "We must remember that in this format to play consistently is very difficult. I don't believe any team will enter the final by playing consistently," he said.
Bailey had a different take. "Whoever wins it will be consistent, I can guarantee you that, and that's probably the key. I guess the shorter the format, the closer it brings two teams, the more it comes down to one incident – it can be a catch, might be an over, might be one wicket that's taken. There's a different range of ways that a game can be won and lost in T20s and it can happen quickly. It is going to be very hard to play your best game every game, but the team that's most consistent is going to win more often than not and that's what we are after.
The 31-year-old also believed a win can create a momentum for a team going into the next match and having won against Pakistan, India can go on to down defending champions West Indies as well.
"Going back to the last World Cup, the West Indies had momentum. I think you have got to play some good, consistent cricket to get to the knockout stages, and then you hope that you have carried some momentum there and then that little bit of luck."