India’s chances in the Twenty20 Cup


After being stunned by the pyrotechnics in the match between West Indies and South Africa last night, I thought to myself whether India would be able to put on a similar show; a show that included power, intensity, commitment, strength, brutality, sharpness, alacrity and acumen in equal measure!

I really doubt it! I won’t be surprised by a bad showing from India in this tournament. May as well be prepared for it!

Apart from the fact that India is inexperienced at this form of the game, the team has as many as 4 players on the comeback-trail (Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh and Joginder Sharma). Moreover, the team has, in my view, at least 2 passengers who should not get even a single game (Ajit Agarkar and Gautam Gambhir). But more than these factors, I feel that India’s specialist Twenty20 players are warming the bench back at home.

The above factors make me want to set my expectations realistically: an early exit and some much-needed R&R bfore the Australian ODI series!

The fielding is, however, set to improve with the absence of the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Romesh Powar, Munaf Patel, et al. But notwithstanding with the persence of Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma, this team is going to provide several Sydney-Harbour-Bridge moments as players dive over balls that race under them to the boundary. The dry cleaner may get an easy collect as clothes may not be too soiled by sliding stops.

But it may be a fun journey — albeit a short one! So may as well enjoy it while it lasts!

I’d suggest the following team — in batting order — for the match against Scotland on Thursday 13th Sept (9.30pm IST):

Robin Uthappa
Virender Sehwag
Dinesh Karthik
Yuvraj Singh
Rohit Sharma / Gautam Gambhir
MS Dhoni
Irfan Pathan / Ajit Agarkar
Joginder Sharma / Yusuf Pathan
Harbhajan Singh / Piyush Chawla
Rudra Pratap Singh
S Sreesanth

This team would give the team upto 7 bowling options, with Sreesanth, R. P. Singh, Joginder Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Irfan Pathan does. Even if India lose this series badly, the re-discovery of Irfan Pathan will have made the trip a worthwhile one! India needs this former poster-boy back in its midst.

— Mohan

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4 responses to “India’s chances in the Twenty20 Cup

  1. T20 is really a much bigger lottery and everyone has a chance. So do not dismiss India so easily. As for Pathan and his rediscovery, bowlers in general are going to get such a mauling that there is no chance of finding out if they have done well or not. I think a young India with no pressure on their backs, will do well.

  2. T20 is a batsman’s game and not a bowler’s game.

    Some bowlers are good in bowling the death overs in one-day matches, I am sure some bowler shall figure out how to bowl in T20 game.

    Good length ball – hit thru the line for a sixer.
    Short of good length or bouncer – pull the ball
    Yorker length is the only dot ball ?

    Anything less than 200 in 20 overs is not a good total looks like.

  3. India has always produced good batsman but have failed to produce good bowlers and fielders. In India batting is considered to be glamorous than fielding and bowling. Reason for this is because of lack of fitness among we Indians. All these players Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar,Sachin Tendulkar they all are great players and they have conditioned there body to keep themseleves fit but what about the others, right from the begininng 1950’s India havent produced fast bowlers or good fielders. The trend is the same now as well. Consistency is the main weapon in sports and a player should keep trying to improve. Individula milestones should be set by players.

    But the problem in India is that once a player establishes himself in the National squad he takes things for granted. Every time when a player goes out to play he should be passionate to win for India. It has been seen that India has loads of potential but the lack of intensity takes us down. In the recent concluded Test Series in England when Zaheer,Sreesanth and RP were agressive India looked a different team and in the Rose Bowl(Sothampton) in the 1st ODI they were looking like minnows.

    Whether its Test Cricket, 20-20 or 50 over limited game if commitment is missing from Indian team they will always fail.

    More importantly BCCI should not only consider quantity of games they should consider quality as well.

    I will be happy if India plays 30 ODI’s and the % of success is more rather than playing 50 and on the loosing side.

    More importantly youngsters should be given more chances. We need good fast agressive bowlers and good young fielders. There are plenty of batsman around but in shorter version of games we require not only batsman but bowlers and fielders as well .

    After all Cricket is a team game not an individual player sport.

    I hope in the coming years the pattern will change and I hope India perform better in the future.

    Chak De India!

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