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Cricket: India's Complacency Leads to Championship Loss

Umesh SrinivasanContributor IJune 15, 2008

India lost a cup that was theirs for the taking by going into the match with a specialist bowler short.

R.P. Singh bowled well against Bangladesh and there was no reason why he was left out. Piyush Chawla was not handled properly by Dhoni and with the support crew of Sehwag, Yuvraj and Yousuf also leaking runs, he had to rely on the three seamers, of whom only Pravin was economical without being effective.

Rohit's missed catch didn't help either as Salman Butt and Younis Khan (how he relishes Indian bowling) posted an imposing score.

Sehwag's early loss upset their chase, but the way Gambhir and Rohit were shaping it looked as though India still had a chance.

But then, both literally threw away their wickets. Yousuf Pathan, too, perished the same way.

Still, India were on course, Yuvraj and Dhoni had to just stay put and get a run a ball. But then Yuvraj was consumed by Afridi and Dhoni had to wage a lone war.

In the end, there were 11 balls left with only 25 to get, a very gettable target indeed. But, there were no wickets left!

Overconfidence cost us the cup, and I hope lessons are learnt fast before the Asia Cup and Champions' trophy.

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