India won their first 2012 T20 World Cup match against Afghanistan by 23 runs, but had it not been for the catches that were dropped by the Afghanistan players, the result could have been different.
'CATCHES WIN the matches' is an old phrase which holds true for all formats of the game. Had the Afghanistan players held on their catches, the match result could have been different. But it was not to be with the Indian team registering their first points on the board after defeating Afghanistan by 23 runs. It was not an impressive display by the Indian team on any count.
Virat Kohli, who has been the mainstay of the Indian batting order in recent months once again top scored for India
with 50 runs. Suresh Raina was the second highest run scorer with 38 runs. Both these top scorers gave chances to the Afghani players to catch the ball, but the Afghanistan players seemed to have slippery hands, as they failed to latch on to those crucial catches. In the nnis video, Kabir Ali, the Afghanistan coach accepts that his team made some mistakes in the field by dropping catches, which could have reduced their run-target.
The Afghan players started the match on a bright note on the field but looked lackluster in the latter overs of the game, where they gave away easy runs thanks to their weak fielding. How can one just think of giving chances to players such as Kohli and Raina, especially the former who has been enjoying a purple patch. It could have been a tough task for India, as the rest of the players were not looking great against the Afghan bowlers.
The Indian team were lucky that the Afghanistan players dropped important catches, but they cannot afford to give similar chances to other nations in the competition, as it might be disastrous. The fielding standards of England, West Indies, South Africa are such that they will make the batsmen think twice before going for the second run. In such a format like T20, fielding plays a very important role in deciding the fate of the match. One may say that the difference between the Afghanistan and India was the way they caught the white cherry.