The T20 World Cup ’09 was a disappointing tournament for the Indian fans. The expectationsÂ were at the peak. But the unexpected early knockout of the Indian team really made the fans showÂ off their anger.
Winning and loosing are all parts of the game, like two sides of a coin. When we tossÂ the coin, we can’t predict which side will come up. The same is the case with cricket; especiallyÂ the T20 version.
But let us take a look at it from media perspective. Media has come up with a discussion on “WhoÂ is to be blamed for the failure?”. This kind of discussion, although not necessary, will help toÂ identify the pros and cons of the team.
There are many hot discussions going on. The mostÂ common one is, whether the skipper has to be blamed for his poor performance and co-ordination. As we all know, Dhoni is a talented player and very efficient as a skipper. But thisÂ time, he had a clash with the media on Sehwag’s much spoken injury. Many senior playersÂ have come up with the opinion that Dhoni needs to manage the media with more care. ThisÂ incident might have indeed made some sparks inside the dressing room, which in turn made the players to deviate from the game.
Another hot discussion is on Sehwag’s absence. Many questions arise on this context. HowÂ much did India miss Virender Sehwag, with the kind of opening and the spontaneous start heÂ gives? Did his injury bring down the confidence level in the team? India did not have anÂ alternate option on who could give a sparkling start to the Indian innings together with Gambhir?
The after-effects of IPL matches is yet another important aspect. The players could have been drained and tired after the IPL as matches were played on consecutive days with a total of 59Â matches! This can be considered a reason for the world cup failure indeed. But still, a vital questionÂ arises. What about the players in the other winning teams, as most of them have also played in IPL?Â Many players are of the opinion that IPL matches gave them a real opportunity to tune theirÂ strengths for the world cup.
Anyway, India’s T20 world cup dreams for the year 2009 has come to an end. Still we canÂ hope(as usual) that they will come back with real energy for the upcoming West Indies tourÂ and the biggy, ICC world cup.