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‘Lady luck’ was not with Team India

Team India missed the semi-final birth despite winning
By ApunKaChoice
Wed, Oct 03, 2012 11:04:36 GMT

‘Lady luck’ was not with Team India
The Indian fans would be disappointed as the Indian team could not quite repeat their 2007 performance. In 2009 and 2010 T20 world cups, India had a disastrous outing and failed to win even a single match in Super Eight stage but this time the situation was completely different. Team India went on to win two out of their three Super Eight games but still they failed to make it to the semis on net run-rate.

The Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed the rain to be India’s party pooper. One can call it an excuse but the point which the skipper is trying to make is that in the first Super Eight match against Australia, the rain made the conditions wet and it was not easy for spinners to grip the ball. As a result Australian openers hammered Indian bowlers.

The tournament saw Virat Kohli shining with the bat; Ravichandran Ashwin’s spin kept on troubling the batsmen, Yuvraj Singh was not at his imperious best but was still making valuable contributions with the bat as well as with the ball.

India did manage to beat the ‘Proteas’ in their third and final Super Eight game but the victory margin was not good enough to earn the place in the semi-final stage. The fact perhaps is India played well but the other teams in the group played better.

If one tries to analyze what went wrong for India or where India could have done things better then perhaps we can blame it on Indian team management of playing only one specialist spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the do-or-die match against South Africa. Harbhajan Singh could have made some difference on R.Premadasa track suited for spinners.

When Yuvraj Singh dismissed AB de-Villiers, India had the opportunity to tighten the screws as the scoreboard read 46 for 3. But captain Dhoni’s decision to introduce part-timer Rohit Sharma turned out to be a terrible one as Sharma conceded 13 runs and the pressure was off for South Africa. Ravichandran Ashwin too was introduced late in the attack. He came in and bowled at the 10th over while he normally bowls in the sixth over of the innings.

India needed to restrict South Africa to 121 to qualify for the semi-finals, but Proteas cruised past the 121-run mark. Team India heavily relies on their batting but in the match against South Africa Indian batsmen failed to make a big total. One can also call it over-dependance on the in-form Virat Kohli as the youngster had a rare failure in the game against South Africa.

Many have called Mahendra Singh Dhoni a lucky player or a lucky captain but on this occasion the ‘rub of the green’ could not quite go his or Team India’s way as India won four out of their five games but still missed out on semi-final birth while West Indies could barely win two out their five games but they still managed to find their semi-final slot. Perhaps the ‘Lady luck’ was not with Team India.
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