Champions Trophy India: India's Performance In The Champions Trophy

Vishrut AggarwalCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 30: Gautam Ghambir of India bowled by Kemar Roach of the West Indies for 6 runs during The ICC Champions Trophy Group A Match between India and West Indies at Wanderers Stadium on September 30, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Indiahas been knocked out of the Champions Trophy! What a ridiculous performance by the team. I think the team is nothing without Sehwag and Yuvraj. Is all this true? Let us see.


India was knocked out of the CT on 29th of September. The main reasons for its early exit was its loss against Pakistan, its washout against Australia and Australia's win against Pakistan. But saying that India performed poorly would be a false statement. Why? Read and you'll get to know.


India lost to Pakistan in its first match and was on the back foot. It needed a must win against Australia to qualify for the Semi Finals. But it idn't lose its match against the Aussies. Nor did it win. But you can't say that India performed poorly just because the Aussies were in a good position in their match against India. The Aussies were in a good position against England also, but after 30 overs their wickets tumbled like ninepins. So who knows if India would have won that match or lost it. Then India won against West Indies also. Though it did not play really well but it won. As far as the loss against Pakistan is concerned, we can say that there are a few losses in a good team’s record book.


So saying that India did a poor job would be wrong. But saying that India did not do as well as it should have done would be right. Let us see how.


India should not have lost against Pakistan because that loss could have put them in trouble(like it did). Winning against Australiawould have been difficult for them so the should have won that match. Players like Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina were playing really well and they should not have given their wickets away. Harbhajan Singh should not have got Rahul Dravid out.


Against Australia India should have bowled better. Ishant Sharma should not have given away too many runs. Praveen Kumar also should have bowled better. Though the match was washed out, but India shouldn't have let Australia be in such a good position. What if it had not been washed out and the Aussies would have piled on a huge total. India would have faced a lot of difficulty batting under lights.


Against West Indies the openers should have played better but India won so you can't call that a mistake by the Indians.


India was also unlucky with the tosses. Batting under lights was very difficult for it in Sri Lanka also and also in South Africa. So overall India did well but not as well as it should have.


So Best of Luck for your next series India.