Team make-up disappointing, lack of adaptability more so
India's cricketers cut a sorry figure against both Australia and the West Indies and the worry is that with a Test series in South Africa later this year, and in Australia, England and West Indies next year, some of the batsmen who have big reputations may be found out.india Updated: May 12, 2010 01:20 IST
India's cricketers cut a sorry figure against both Australia and the West Indies and the worry is that with a Test series in South Africa later this year, and in Australia, England and West Indies next year, some of the batsmen who have big reputations may be found out.
What is baffling is that despite evidence from last year’s T20 event, where most showed a distinct sense of discomfort against the short ball, they were picked again for an event on even bouncier pitches than those in England. All other teams remember what happened last year and the tactics employed by them against the Indians prove this. There will be those who will blame the IPL, but what does that have to do with the batsmen's inability to play the short ball?
The team composition also made little sense. It is all very well trying to give a man short on confidence another chance, but it should have been horses for courses. That meant, for example, in the case of the Windies, who are not such good players against wrist spinners, to include a tweaker in the eleven. While this in itself was not the cause for the loss to the hosts, it showed an inflexibility that is no good in T20 cricket.
India's lack of adaptability has been a disappointment.
The caving in of New Zealand's batting against England meant that Pakistan sneaked in to the semifinals and are now in a position to defend the title they won last year. It was a remarkable comeback from a team that lost its first two games in the super eights and was down and out. Maybe the pressure of expectations was not there, maybe it was a do or die effort, or maybe it was just luck. Whatever the case may be, the Pakistan team that took the field looked a totally different outfit than that of the first two games. It was magnificent stuff and, with their tails up, they will be a team to watch out for.
It seems likely they will play Australia who, like England, seem set to win all their super eight stage games.
England have been the revelation of the tournament. Even the absence of their star batsman, Kevin Pietersen, for the crucial last game against New Zealand, made no difference. In Eoin Morgan, Tim Bresnan and Luke Wright they have three players who would be useful to any T20 team. They can bat and bowl and are outstanding fielders too.