India’s 7 wicket loss to the West Indies in the second semi- final of the World T20 2016 at the imposing Wankhede stadium Mumbai ended India’s hopes of repeating the 2007 triumph. It has broken the hearts of many ardent fans who wanted the men in blue to reach the finals at Eden Gardens.
But if one looks at the performance from close quarters the Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men though touted as favourites for the title as it was played at home hardly looked a convincing unit that was ready to go all the way- clinching the title . The team struggled right through and just about managed to reach the semis.
Here are 10 reasons why Team India lost the World Cup 2016 :
2 . India relied too much on the best batsman in world cricket Virat Kohli. Kohli is in the form of his life but asking him to bail the team out from the dumps everytime is asking a bit too much. He was the only saving grace in otherwise disastrous batting display by our so- called batting line-up. Even Kohli admitted that he did not enjoy this situation all the time he came out to bat.
3. The openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were out off form and making a mess not only of the power- plays but also failed to give India the start . Dhawan was not only slow but struggled for runs. Rohit did not find the timing while batting. Opening failures hurt India the most. Classy Ajinkya Rahane was warming the bench till the semis .Despite repeated failures Dhawan and Rohit were persisted with, Is it because Rohit happens to leads the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Dhawan allowed a long rope so that Gautam Gambhir is not allowed to stage a return?
4 . The middle order was a flop show – Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh , Ravindra Jadeja failed to fire with the bat. Energy in the field is fine but what about runs ? They simply dried up. Raina’s career is in trouble now. Not considered for Tests, lost his place in the 50 over format and now even in T20 he is struggling. Not to forget his vulnerability against the short ball. When was the last time Sir Ravindra Jadeja fashioned a win for India with the bat? Does any one remember? . Is there a diktat from former BCCI president N Srinivasan to Dhoni that all once CSK players -apart from Dhoni, i.e, Raina, Jadeja must be in the playing eleven ?
5. Yuvraj Singh was brought back into the side with lot of hope. he looked a shadow of his former self. There were some glimpses but nowhere near the the Yuvraj of 2011 World Cup or the man who hammered six sixes of England seamer Stuart Broad at the 2007 World Cup in South Africa.
6 Ajinkya Rahane has excelled in all formats of the game for India . He is a proven class player, superb fielder, brilliant runner between the wickets and has all the shots but not in the playing eleven till the semis . Even Shane Warne expressed surprise why Rahane was not in the side.
7 In the semis , Indian skkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first time had no clue as to which bowler to fall back on against the marauding West Indies batsmen. Asking Virat Kohli to bowl against rampaging Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell saw Captain Cool turn into Captain crumble.
8. Is it a must that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to play Ravichandran Ashwin as his spin option in all formats?. Then why was Harbhajan Singh brought into the team?. For sight seeing? Ashwin can bowl only in spin friendly tracks . He was dropped in Australia after two matches during the 5 match ODIs early this this year after he was hammered all over the ground. Here too he was ordinary yet persisted . His no ball in the semis proved costly for India. It is time for selectors to look beyond Ashwin . It is not that our spin cupboard is bare – Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla can be handy if given a chance. Are the selectors watching ?
9 . Nearly 37 Ashish Nehra has surprised all by bowling well. he has used his vast experience and justified his inclusion . Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have been impressive. But the big question is India has had fast bowlers coming through but unable to last long. Look at the list – Where have they all gone ?- Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaroon, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar . Only time will tell how long Bumrah and Pandya will survive.
10 . While Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his own sarcastic way has dodged the question when he will retire. There are at times that one feels that he cannot look beyond his favourites – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. And make players like Harbhajan Singh unwanted The trio flopped in World T20 2016 . It hurt India badly and could mar MSD’s captaincy too . Then he will have only himself to blame nobody else.