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Eventually what I feared happened. Team India lost to Sri Lanka after Pakistan in Super-4 of Asia Cup. With this result, the Indian team’s exit from the final race was almost certain. If many miracles happen together then only India can play the title match. You will read further in this article about what those miracles are. Before that let’s talk about the five reasons due to which the Indian team has reached this situation.
flop top order
KL Rahul scored only 70 runs in 4 matches of Asia Cup.
The Indian team probably did not learn anything from its mistakes in the T20 World Cup held in UAE about 11 months ago. The failure of the top order in that tournament had taken a toll on India’s hopes. In the Asia Cup too, India landed with the same top order. In all the matches, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma came to open and Virat Kohli came at number three. Rahul scored just 70 runs in 4 matches. His strike rate was 104.47.
Virat Kohli definitely scored 154 runs but his strike rate was also 122.22. Captain Rohit Sharma batted fast but could not convert a good start into big scores in three out of four matches.
paceless pace attack
Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again proved to be a flop in the big match. Against Sri Lanka, he gave 30 runs in 4 overs and did not get a single wicket.
On the dead pitches of Dubai, such fast bowlers who have 140+ speed were seen to be more effective. Pakistan and even Sri Lanka had many bowlers who were bowling at this pace. Most of the fast bowlers in the Indian team were with a speed of 120-130 kmph. Therefore, his bowling was not very effective and he failed to get a break-through at regular intervals except in the first match against Pakistan.
Frequent changes in team combinations
The way captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid have been making the combination of the team for the last one year, it is beyond everyone’s comprehension.
Now talk about the preparations of the Indian team in the last one year. India has tried 28 players in the playing-11 in T20 cricket since the last World Cup. Due to this, no one playing-11 could be stable. No player got much experience of batting at a particular spot. On the other hand the teams of Pakistan and Sri Lanka used the same team combination in most of the matches. Sri Lanka used only 22 players and Pakistan used 19 players during this period.
In the team there are less players, more captains
Team India has captained eight different players in the last one year.
The Indian team captained 8 players in the last one year. This move is good for developing a future captain, but it did not prove to be good for building a team capable of playing under a leader. Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma included only three captains in the current playing-11.
poor squad selection
In a big tournament like Asia Cup, Team India went with only three bowlers.
The Indian team went with only three specialist fast bowlers to participate in this tournament. The fourth medium pacer was present in the form of all-rounder Hardik Pandya. As long as Avesh Khan was fit, everything was fine, but as soon as he fell ill, the balance of the Indian team got disturbed. There was no other fast bowler in the team to replace Avesh.
Now know what miracles will happen if the Indian team can reach the final.
India defeated Afghanistan in their last Super-4 match.
– Sri Lanka team beat Pakistan
– Afghanistan team also defeated Pakistan
After all this, Sri Lanka will remain at number-1 with 6 points. India, Pakistan and Afghanistan will have two points each. India must have the best net run rate among these three teams.