India’s campaign has hit a turbulent zone. It is one thing to draw a parallel with their 2007 campaign when they lost the first Super8s game to New Zealand and then went on to win the cup. It is altogether different to do it again. Then, as now, their next two opponents were England and South Africa, and India can still give them a hiding. But this format is an even greater leveller than the original quip on the game.
India would certainly look at the failure of their top order as the reason for the lost against the West Indies.
However, credit is due to the West Indian quicks. Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Bravo who were too hot to handle. The fiery West Indian bowling was well backed by some outstanding catching. Yuvraj Singh played a fine innings, a sumptuous effort where he was finding gaps with ease. He pulled, flicked, drove and cut with power and precision. The crowd suddenly roared to life and Yusuf Pathan was an ideal foil. It appeared 153 might be a defendable total.
That it didn’t happen even when the West Indians were off to a slow start and Chris Gayle had fallen early was entirely due to the brilliance of Bravo. He managed the chase brilliantly, first playing second fiddle to Simmons and then flowering at the right time to lead his team home with a win.
In a way, it’s good that India’s next opponents are England. One thing’s for sure, they will get a pitch that has something in it for the seam bowlers. Hence, they would look at reshuffling the bowling order. India have good, economical bowlers but an extra swing bowler can actually be useful. Space must be made for RP Singh or Praveen Kumar.