The champions have worn-out. A three-run loss at Lord's to England on Sunday sealed India's fate in the World T20 and made sure that there will be new T20 world champions come June 21. Chasing 154, they ended their innings on 150/5.
Chasing on a wicket that was helping the fast bowlers, the well-documented inadequacy against the rising ball were exposed by an England attack that showed intent. The West Indies' pacers had shown on Friday just how extra pace and bounce can trouble this much-vaunted Indian line-up, and that seemed to be the English game plan on Sunday.
Opting for the extra pacer in Ryan Sidebottom, Paul Collinwood's team did remarkably well in containing, and removing the Indian batsmen.
The fall started as early as the second over when Rohit Sharma dragged Sidebottom on to his stumps while attempting a pull. Suresh Raina went in identical fashion, though he was caught at deep square leg while pulling.
The Lord's wicket has not been the kindest to the Indians on this T20 World Cup, and it was no different on Sunday.
There was a fighting 58-run stand between MS Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan in the end, perhaps the only period of the game where the Indian batsmen showed real intent, but it wasn't enough. It might have gone down to the last ball, but India was always second best. Get all the individual performance in batting, top bowling performance, best fielding performance, most sixes in ICC 20-20, etc on Indyalive.
I am not saying that I am a fortune teller but I predicted it on 29 May 2009. Here is the exact wordings from by blog: -
"As they say excess of anything is bad. The Indian cricketers have undoubtedly been in huge demand over the last few years in particular and their authorities have kept them engaged literally round the clock.
The excessive workload can have negative impact that there’s every possibility of India’s performance suffering in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in England because their cricketers have had very little time to relax after the grueling second edition of the high-profile Indian Premier League (IPL) that lasted over a month in South Africa.
All the 15 members of the Indian squad, who are preparing to board the flight to England, were engaged in the IPL 2009 and they had returned home just a few days ago. They certainly deserved a reasonable break after having been in action in the most demanding format of the game for well over a month.
The present lot of Indian cricketers is indeed immensely talented and incredibly tough mentally but they are after all human beings and not machines. With the added pressure of having to defend the title they won in South Africa a couple of years ago, they will have to come up with something extraordinary to do the business once more.
The Indians certainly appear the strongest team in the world for the Twenty20 games on paper but extending their top form on a continuous basis could be a very tall order even for them.
By scheduling the IPL 2009 so close to the second ICC World Twenty20 the Indian cricket administrators have also passed the impression that they hardly cared for the global event."
Ref: My blog
by maria.rose6 years ago
Who is the best team of 2011 Cricket world cup?
by smalika6 years ago
Who do you think has the highest chances of winning the world cup..
by fierycj7 years ago
First World Cup to be held in Africa. I should be there! Who'll carry the cup?
by Mrs asif6 years ago
I have crossed my fingers.I was with Australia and on second with Pakistan ...Australian are out..who will take the crown of world champion team?...Tomarrow is the big match between india and pakistan at Mohali...
by wrenfrost566 years ago
We are going to have a bet on it at home, I am as yet undecided. Who do you think will get it this year?
by Mulnivasi6 years ago
Way to go Team India...you deserved it!! Sri Lanka played well. Finally we had a good final after the one sided games in 2003 and 2007. Dhoni ne dho dala...
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