The Indian team wanted to play with five bowlers, hence one of the batsmen had to miss out. Sehwag was unfortunate in this regard. It could have been better to drop a middle order batsmen rather than Sehwag, whose presence instills fear among his opponents. The opening slot is such a vital position in any format and they went in for a make-shift opener in the form of Irfan Pathan. There stands no comparison between the two. In fact, Sehwag is the best opener in the team. He may be out of form but a cameo of five overs can tilt the match in favour of India. Hope, MS Dhoni does not commit the same error against Pakistan.
It goes without saying that amongst all the teams in the super eight stage, India has the weakest bowling line up. It was on full display against the Aussies, who made merry at the expense of the Indian bowling. The two best bowlers of the Indian team, Zaheer Khan and R. Aswhwin opened the bowling attack but to no avail. What does one expect from the rest of the bowlers when there was no early break through.
Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla and Irfan Pathan went for more than 10 runs per over. One wonders, what was the need for the Indian team to go in with 3 spinners. If they wanted to play five bowlers, they could have played Balaji, who deceives batsmen with his pace. But the baby-faced Chawla was picked by MS Dhoni, and later put on a poker face when questioned about the decision.
Now, India is scheduled to play a do or die game against Pakistan. If they come up with a similar performance along with same team combination, expect the next morning newspaper headlines to read, 'India exits from T20 World Cup'.
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