Let's not blow things out of proportion.
Let's not blow things out of proportion.
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My take on this issue is that the sequence of results in this year's IPL is linked to the Indians' subsequent decline in T20. We've seen teams that are relatively well-rounded and depend a lot on Indians fall out early, including Rajasthan, Punjab and (later) Delhi. Likewise, Deccan, who won, were heavily dependent on Gilchrist, Gibbs, Fidel, Dwayne and later Symonds, with no Indian playing a frontline role in the campaign. RP Singh and Pragyan Ojha seemed to benefit by bowling for a team with very strong batting. This Indian batting lineup is not so strong. Moreover, both have been found wanting against top batsmen or on flat pitches. Rohit Sharma, contrary to perception, did little of note, scoring one T20 fifty. In comparison, Ishant, already a far better bowler than RP Singh, has been his team's one-man strike unit and done everything he could, but isn't given due credit.Talking of fifties, no Indian batsman then had scored more than two. All of them were out cheaply, not getting settled. They either lack the big shots or try to manufacture shots from impossible situations.
Coming to this team, the bowling has actually been quite good, though at times restrictive, but the field placings have been so weak that singles are so easily taken. They need to convert all singles to dots, even if it means placing fielders inside after the first six overs. Their problems are compounded when their best fielders happen to field so badly, that it costs them a match or two.
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- As featured in The Independent.
"The committee discussed the issue of illegal bowling actions, and believed that there are a number of bowlers currently employing suspect actions in international cricket, and that the ICC's reporting and testing procedures are not adequately scrutinising these bowlers."
- Even the ICC's own official press release thinks things must change
That's the Kolkata Knightriders, not the Indian team.Originally Posted by Redbacks
At times, I don't think we should read too much into a tournament that's only two weeks long, and where one bad match results in an elimination. T20 seems a blink-and-miss style of cricket, with no room for a let-up at all.Raina is no more a #3 in T20, when the same plan works against him twice and claims him cheaply twice.Raina at 3 was going great till all the shuffling happened and for some reason, Dhoni thought he was the man for that spot.
It was a stupid move then, it is a stupid move now and it will be a stupid move forever.
India crashes out .... I feared something like this happening and that's why I felt India needed to introspect
they didn't play well, got the strategy wrong right from selecting the squad for the WC [thought selectors pulled the gun a bit early], playing 11 to batting order
can't feel sorry for them in the end, they got what they deserved
For the game against SA, may be they could try some of the players who had to sit out in the bench. they should bench Raina, Gambhir, Ishant and Zak. the line up should be something like
Fastest gun in town
Tendulkar should have been picked. His assured presence at the top could have countered ENG bouncer tactic & everyone could have batted around him.
In hindsight, a 11 like the below would have been more useful
PS Sehwag is not considered because of his injury
Aussie, ret, You can't pick a guy who doesn't want to play! Not that I agree with his stance. He seems to have no problem playing for money in the IPL.
These two defeats are as significant as AUS achilles heel towards playing spin rearing up again. Teams who play IND in T20s in the future, will surely use their such tactics to keep their aggressive batsmen in check.
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