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India caught short by England in Twenty20 World Cup

June 15, 2009

India's Yusuf Pathan gets ready for the final over of the match against England in the ICC World Twenty20 cricket super eight match in London

In the end, few would have missed the irony. England, their feeble limited overs credentials torn apart after their opening defeat against Netherlands, knocking out holders India from the World Twenty20 with a brilliant execution of strategy.

India were pipped by three runs as England handed them their second defeat in the Super Eights on Sunday, eliminating them from the race for a semi-final berth.

West Indies, another team usually on the receiving end for their inconsistency, had caught the top order batsmen napping with short-pitched bowling to defeat India in their opening Super Eights fixture.

England proved they were quick learners with a near-perfect execution of a similar drill, leaving India struggling as they began chasing what appeared an achievable target of 154.

The hugely popular Indian team have turned villains overnight among fans and media back home. The Indian media has attacked skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led the team to an unexpected win in 2007, for shuffling the team for the crunch game, for his leadership and his subdued batting.

There had been worries the players would be fatigued after the month-long Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. Explosive opener Virender Sehwag was then ruled out due to a shoulder injury and finally England bowlers perfectly executed their plans.

England are aiming for the unthinkable now, a semi-final spot if they can defeat West Indies on Monday.

Do India deserve heavy criticism or should we put their failure down to the unpredictable nature of cricket’s shortest format?

Picture of India’s Yusuf Pathan by Philip Brown

Comments

Dhoni has become complacent with his genuinely good team. They are not held responsible for their bad performance. We are a team full of unimaginable talent, but our performances are always a flash in the pan. We performed brilliantly in the last T20 world cup, and we have been routed out by England, a team that at it’s best, is known for their troubled and sloppy playing. The Indian team (and BCCI??) have to pull their socks up and start playing our best yet. We let Dravid, Tendulkar and Sehwag abandon us, and left the task upto players like Yuvraj and Raina, who undoubtedly are very good, but always end up letting us down in important matches.

Is there no one cheering to include Manish Pandey in our squad????

 

My cricket-crazy seven-year-old son, who goes for a cricket camp, and who lost his first match last week, was up till half-past one, earnestly rooting for his heroes, but was enough of a sportsman to empathise with his team when they lost. He set off smiling for his seven a.m. school, despite a huge sleep debt. He is the the true, non-judgemental fan, his uncorrupted enjoyment of cricket, was a lesson to cynical old me ….

Posted by Madhu | Report as abusive
 

My question for Dhoni

Why was Yuvraj not brought in when Rohit Sharma went out.

Posted by Sam Pillay | Report as abusive
 

Dear Ananth,
Liked your blog but tour question at the end of your blog is off the mark. India’s loss is not due to the unpredictable nature of T-20 cricket but due to the predictable nature of the greed of Indian cricketers. The hunger for money through ads, endorsements and the need to party with Bollywood starlets and actors is more important than playing cricket for India. Since we play only one sport relatively well, we have gone overboard in supporting our cricketers–treating them like demi-gods. They must be laughing at us while they hang out with advertisers, sponsors and Bollywood figures.

The Indian cricket team is the richest earning team in the world–by far–and have the greatest support of hundreds of millions of fans. Yet they treat the hopes of their fans with contempt, by not even being able to get into the semi-final, despite such lavish support. They are really spoil brats. Dear Dhoni, resign as captain and go running some more with Bimbo Bipasha. The entire team should be sacked and completely new blood should be introducted. Wake up Sharad Pawar–don’t keep sleeping.

Posted by Syed Mansoor | Report as abusive
 

Dhoni seems to be getting more fame sellin chips and facebook portals. Wonder if he does have time for match pratice.Just goes to show the mentality of us Indian fans then the player itself.

Posted by Austin | Report as abusive
 

I think the major diaster was done by Dhoni, when he sent jadeja rt after raina was out. There was no point in sending a player who just played one warm up match instead of a in form player like Yuvi, Moreover he did not utilized his bowling resources, having more faith on ishant sharma, rather than Yusuf Pathan ( who just gave 4 overs 9 run in previous match and English batsmen were lokking very incomfortable against spin) . But there are only If and Buts now, fact is India is out, but had Dhoni batted better, india would have stormed into semis.

Posted by kuldeep | Report as abusive
 

India are happy not to have to face South Africa – who are going to win the 20T circus.

Posted by sandy | Report as abusive
 

The worst player in a twenty20 cricket i have seen is MS Dhoni and R Jadeja. Really they dont have an t20 cricket brain and thus dont knowhow to play. It was far better sachin been included instead of dhoni. Dhoni is good in onedayers and test, but he is never a sharp and accurate stiker of ball like sehwag, yuvraj, raina, yusuf, irfan. I still wonder how this guy came as a captain of indian team..really funny to see his batting most times..
Dhoni, you should concentrate more on Ads rather than crcket match..and am sure he doenst show any sad feeling on the exit of worldcup. And he says after match he tried the best..what do u mean by tat u foool…what the hell u tried..dont even able to get a boundary and how many balls u want to face to hit a boundary..am sure if yuvraj, or raina, irfan or any other player in tat situation, defenitely would have reached the target.

Posted by Ahmed | Report as abusive
 

And watch south africa will have an easy win against india..dhoni please dont play against south africa, atleast india can win if u dont play.. my team for tmrw match against RSA.

R.Sharma
G.Gambir
S.Raina
Y.Singh c
Y.Pathan
R.Jadega (better than dhoni)
I.Pathan
H.Singh
P.Ohja
Z.Khan
RP.Singh
If you go to the history, all the indian captains had good 1-2 years captaincy like azharuddin, ganguly etc. these guys had good time for 2 years, but then you know what had happened..same case will be for dhoni..he had 2 good years now (80%luck) and now wait and see his bad days as captaincy are gonna come..its better to keep sehwag as the captain…or yuvraj..No Dhoni ..plzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Posted by Ahmed | Report as abusive
 

Any sports is not a computer program to give the same output on every run. The Boys played well. At times it happens that another team does better or you cannot raelly surpass another team its all a part of the game. Few decisions may go wron but if they would have got the right way the people in the media would have never felt tired of praising the same strategies. Everyone wants to win but only one team that is better on the day wins. Losing the tournament is really bad but its better to think about the upcoming games. Its not good to be too emotional with the results but have the spirit of the game. Its better to focus on the mistakes and work on them.

Posted by Paurush | Report as abusive
 

The Pakistan captain was asked who you want to face in the final if you reach there — The ANSWER was –

INDIA off course!!!!

But sorry Mr Younis that will not come true since the Indians have already been kicked out of the World CUP..

I was hoping for some REVENGE always next time…

Dhoni is just overrated he can not even get the ball to the boundary and all the commentators hailed him as the BEST player MY FOOT!!!!

byeeeeeeee Have a safe flight back boys…

Posted by Ali | Report as abusive
 

@Do India deserve heavy criticism or should we put their failure down to the unpredictable nature of cricket’s shortest format?

—A critical analysis is needed even after the win and this is a loss. So yes. A lots goes to the unpredictable nature. One over can make or break the chances to win.
Diggin further, Dhoni showed the tenedency to expose his poor batting form hurt the team by coming ahead of players like Y Pathan. Y pathan is too much down the order. He scores fast and if given time at the crease, he can mix aggression with caution and rotate strike that was SADLY missing (thanks to Dhoni 11 runs/23 balls) against west Indies. Promoting R Jadeja up did not do much against England. Dhoni should have come after Y Pathan in slog overs (due to poor form). It is also not a bad idea to promote Irfan Pathan. Harbhajan Singh is a proven good striker of the ball for quick 20.

Dhoni as a captain: No problems. he is good. Ample evidence. No luck factor here.

Dhoni as a batsman: Out of form and he should have demoted himself in the batting order.

My money is on SriLanka as the Champion.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

@But sorry Mr Younis that will not come true since the Indians have already been kicked out of the World CUP..
I was hoping for some REVENGE always next time…
-posted by Ali

-You forgot warmup match? India thrashed Pakistan by 9 wickets. So thank your stars. Also, thank the Indian team since the money went to Lahore terrorist attack victims.
I was hoping for A SENSE OF GRATITUDE from you!

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

correction,
Also, thank the Indian team since the money from the India-Pak warmup match went to Lahore terrorist attack victims.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

Hats off to Madhu’s 7 year old son who took this defeat the way it should be. A true sportsman.

This is not to say that dispassionate critical analysis should not be done. I just hope that we do not get carried away by our emotions as has happened in the past.

I wouldn’t put this loss down to the unpredictable nature of the game alone. The fact is that, in my opinion, barring a few notable exceptions, most players looked jaded. That spring in their step was missing – too much cricket, IPL etc – are probably as much to blame as the lure of money both individually and institutionally. Maybe Lalit Modi needs to share the blame also.

I think this team needs a break and some rejuvenation. I don’t really buy the argument about them being professionals etc etc. They are also young men. They deserve their rewards as much as they do the rap on the knuckles which will surely follow.

Posted by Dara | Report as abusive
 

Folks, Plain and simple… our boys looked over worked…BCCI should take the blame for this…
And for Dhoni Bashers…. He was hailed for giving us victories.. what happened now… Its just a match that we lost!! so what…
Did you read TOI today… Zaheer is out of WI’s tour due to injury that he carried from IPL.. Shawag is already out.

Posted by Tushar | Report as abusive
 

hello everybody! please tell me what’s wrong with you all? The thing which i don’t understand is that, what’s all this fuss about India coming out of the world cup? Is it really going to change our lives, whether the national team wins or loses? But hell no, we’re are all patriots, rooting for our team, and what gives us greater pride than supporting our team, right? common, guys, chill. Has our lives changed even one bit, after India won the last edition of the much talked about t20 world cup. But we’re so jobless, and so addicted to gossip, so narrow-minded, that we cannot think beyond petty things like cricket. And yes, if you feel that the Indian team is really a bunch of such losers, then why don’t you all wear your boots and step out onto the field.
I am not trying to defend anyone here, but at the same time would like to say that guys like Dhoni and all others in the team know very well where they would stand, if not for cricket. And if anyone of you has even a drop of sportsman spirit in you, then you wont create such a hype around the loss. Cricket is after all a game, and i guess those guys out there on the field are on any given day better sportsmen than us, who just sit and talk, even they play to win, but being a game someone has to lose and someone has to win. So my dear, PATRIOTIC Indians please shift your focus from cricket, which is just another game, because there are many other areas where India needs your patriotism. Kindly work towards making the lives of those people who have no identity of their own, rather than wasting your time in trying to spoil theirs who have nothing to lose. Please its a sincere request, the society needs you more than this game of cricket, play it, watch it and forget it.

Posted by pratim | Report as abusive
 

Cricket, now became a mere gimmick,…
they do everything for money,… If IPL brings them more penny then, for wht hell,they should think of country. Also, within Indian Team, many-many team memebers playing…
so how they will gather chennai-kolakata-delhi-mumbai and rest, under a single banner…!!

 

It isnt just a defeat . Its an eye opener for every true Indian cricket fan who believes that country cricket is more important than the club level cricket. See, what can a money spinning tournament can cause to a world’s best T20 team . Players kept themselves fit til the IPL and after that lost the hunger to score, the desire to win . And all thanks to Mr Lalit modi who is planning 2 IPL every year for him never satisfied money minded mind, we might see more of these humiliating defeats in future .

Posted by ankit | Report as abusive
 

And watch south africa will have an easy win against india..dhoni please dont play against south africa, atleast india can win if u dont play.. my team for tmrw match against RSA.

R.Sharma
G.Gambir
S.Raina
Y.Singh c
Y.Pathan
R.Jadega (better than dhoni)
I.Pathan
H.Singh
P.Ohja
Z.Khan
RP.Singh
If you go to the history, all the indian captains had good 1-2 years captaincy like azharuddin, ganguly etc. these guys had good time for 2 years, but then you know what had happened..same case will be for dhoni..he had 2 good years now (80%luck) and now wait and see his bad days as captaincy are gonna come..its better to keep sehwag as the captain…or yuvraj..No Dhoni ..plzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

- Posted by umesh

 

And watch south africa will have an easy win against india..dhoni please dont play against south africa, atleast india can win if u dont play.. my team for tmrw match against RSA.

R.Sharma
G.Gambir
S.Raina
Y.Singh c
Y.Pathan
R.Jadega (better than dhoni)
I.Pathan
H.Singh
P.Ohja
Z.Khan
RP.Singh
If you go to the history, all the indian captains had good 1-2 years captaincy like azharuddin, ganguly etc. these guys had good time for 2 years, but then you know what had happened..same case will be for dhoni..he had 2 good years now (80%luck) and now wait and see his bad days as captaincy are gonna come..its better to keep sehwag as the captain…or yuvraj..No Dhoni ..plzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

- Posted by umesh jangaon logic computers

 

One person who is responsible for T20world cup 2009 exit is Mad Sick Dhoni.He is too mad to be a captian.He is to sick to play cricket.His concentration is not on cricket but in advertisement and publicity.He speaks like a politician,I think his next aim is to become a politician where he can earn more money after cricket.Given ample resources,exit from T20 is more worse than 2007 WC exit.He should resign his captaincy if he is true Indian who loves his nation and cricket,let him continue if he doesn’t add salt to his food.I am one among the million who got hurt by this bunny.I am sure every Indian will raise a voice to eliminate him from playing cricket.

Posted by Jobi | Report as abusive
 

PRAVEEN KUMAR REPLACEMENT FOR JADEGA

 

Pratim:

The electric ambience that Indian fans provide during the match comes with a package deal that has two sides to it. The one which you are seeing now is the other side. Dhoni’s or any other players treatment like a demi-GOD after the win comes at the price of facing the emotional outburst in case of the loss. Such is the nature of the subcontinent cricket fans. A fan must not turn into a rioter, but has the right to express his/her emotions and give unexpert opinions, less they want to turn into such fans that just sit back, relax and drink bear and then quitely go home win or loss. Win or loss, I am sure Indian fans are contributing to the society and have not put anything else on the backburner.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

@I am sure every Indian will raise a voice to eliminate him from playing cricket.
- Posted by Jobi

–Not me

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

Though our Team India lost and are out of T20 WC. But don’t let them down, they are only human. They won last time and will won next time. So cheers allllllllllllllll

Posted by Jaswinder Singh | Report as abusive
 

ThAnKs LaLiT mOdI. u MuSt NoW oRgAnIsE iPl 2 TiMeS eVeRy YeAr. MoNeY mAtTeR fIrSt COUNTRY mAtTeR LaSt 2 mR mOdI. tHaNkS mOdI iPl.

Posted by Gavin Singh | Report as abusive
 

India did not played upto their potential and Dhoni’s terrible captaincy just added upto the pressure. I think this suggests that their are no favourites in T20.

 

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