Yesterday the Indian cricket team were facing a do or die situation in their T20 match against England. They had to win the match to be secure for a position in the semifinals.
But unfortunately they lost. But did the really lose. Let us see.
England made 153 in 20 overs and India were facing a target of 154. They were off to a steady but slow start. The Indian batsmen either didn't score too many runs or played really slowly and that was the main cause for India's loss.
The smasher Yuvraj Singh tried to smash but was unfortunate to fall cheaply. The last two batsmen Yusuf Pathan and M.S. Dhoni tried to take India to its target but by then it was too late and too little time was left.
Earlier India got an early breakthrough during the English innings but due to a lot of extras and expensive bowling from the bowlers India allowed England to post a good total.
My opinion about this match is that, India had no clue of what kind of game it was playing and what should its strategy be. They played Ravindra Jadeja, a newcomer at No. 4 and made the smasher Yuvraj Singh come after him.
India should have let R.P. Singh bowl a full spell so that he could have kept it tighter.
The whole game plan was a stupid one. India experimented risky options in a must win game. This was totally foolish.
India should work on their players' playing (batting and bowling) style and plan their strategies accordingly. Their series against the Windies which is going to start in July will be a good series for experimenting their newcomers as well as their old players who have failed to perform in the T20 World Cup.