Team India has done it again. They have virtually exited from another cricket world cup. After all the hype of IPL, Team India is not even in the best four in the world cricket.
BCCI is busy. There is a lot of entertainment off the cricket grounds. Meanwhile other teams were busy forming their strategies. West Indies took lessons from watching India fumble against the Australian pace attack. Roach and company are not in the league of Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes and others. But against Men in Blue, even they were enough.
Simply put, nobody could handle genuine pace on bouncy pitches. Gautam Gambhir hopped and bounced against Ken Roach before fending one to the keeper. As for Murali Vijay, he again proved that the feather bed tracks of India is no place to judge a batsman. Too bad, India had to lose a premier tournament to learn this. The rest were equally wretched.
Even our selection for this crucial match was all wrong. Dhoni erred in opting for part-timers and out-of-form bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja, who had not played the IPL and who had been smashed all over the park by the Aussies, was persisted with. And it was clear by the way he fielded that his confidence had been shot to pieces. Normally a superb fielder, he let balls slip between his legs and dropped an easy catch. And again, he was thrashed all over the park.
Added to all this was the stupid collision between Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan that led to the dropping of Gayle.
I am relieved. I need not run from office to be in front of the TV to watch Team India. I am thankful to them for having saving my time.