Since pretty much the start of IPL-1 last year, Dwayne Bravo has played like has a point to prove. Strange things have happened enroute including his surprising exclusion from the West Indies team for the England test series but his game has never looked better. India can feel disappointed that they did not put a good score on the board. It was strange that, while the original decision was debatable, Dhoni chose to bat lower down the order in this game with Suresh Raina hardly getting a good game in England. I would preferred Dhoni to have batted at No.3 this time around. Yuvraj Singh played brilliantly but I think India were about 20 runs short. At the end of the day, Bravo and Simmons stole the game away from India on the field and while batting.
Where does India go from here? They have to win both the remaining games and hope that West Indies lose one of their games. If India does pull through and move to the semi finals from here on, they will become favorites for the cup. Per current form, Sri Lanka and South Africa look absolute favorites for the title.
India should consider playing RP Singh instead of Ishant Sharma in the next game. While Dhoni may think that he has figured out a plan for Sharma, in my opinion, Ishant Sharma seems lost in this version of the game. While it would be tempting to play Ravindra Jadeja instead of Irfan Pathan in the next game, Irfan’s swing bowling could come in handy against the Englishmen. One thing is for sure, as far as I am concerned, this tournament will lose its colour and excitement if India does not go through into the semis.
Hoping for the best,