Flawed selection and lack of balance hurt India at Asian Cup: Manorama survey | locust

From team selection to final XI selection, everything went wrong for Team India in the Asian Cup, according to a reader survey by Malayala Manorama.

In the recently concluded Asian Cup, where India were knocked out in the Super 4 stage, wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik only faced one ball.

Dinesh Karthik. Photo: IENS.


However, the veteran, who had never bowled during his 16-year international career, was seen rolling over his arm during the tournament.

The way India used Karthik, one of the best finishers in T20 cricket, speaks volumes about the lack of vision and clarity in team selection.

This is one of the main observations made by most participants in an opinion poll carried out by Malayala Manorama among its readers after the Asian Cup debacle in India.

Although head coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma said they were trying to experiment with various combinations ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia, most poll respondents are of the opinion that chop and change constants have created a room of self-doubt. on the team.

Most of the players couldn’t play freely as their main goal was to consolidate their position in the team. The team’s management must persist with the best players available suitable for the T20 format and help them be battle-ready for the World Cup, the majority of respondents felt.

Here is the result of the survey that took place over four days:

Do you think the Indian players didn’t show the same intensity and passion as their Afghan or Sri Lankan counterparts during the Asian Cup?
Yes – 57.39%
No – 34.92%
No opinion – 7.69%

Our players have a lot to learn from the fighting spirit shown by the Sri Lankan team to bring joy to a nation in crisis, a Team India fan pointed out.

According to another fan, the body language of some of the Indian players suggested they didn’t want to get injured at the Asian Cup and spoil their chance to represent the country at the World Cup.

They should try to emulate the aggressiveness and never say die attitude displayed by Virat Kohli who had gone through a long period of leanness before the tournament, many felt.

Do you think Indian players have a casual attitude towards international matches as they make big money in the Indian Premier League (IPL)?
Yes – 59.22%
No – 29.91%
No opinion – 10.87%

Although most respondents enjoy watching the IPL, they believe that too much franchise cricket will negatively impact international cricket.

Some of Team India’s IPL stars looked like a shadow of their former self at the Asian Cup.

One of the interesting responses was that the rivals are able to go after Indian players as their playstyle is constantly exposed to them through the IPL.

The franchise league offers more than 70 games in an edition, but selectors were unable to pick a balanced XI, one respondent noted.

What is the main reason for India’s dismal performance in the Asian Cup?
Bad team selection – 66.91%
Too confident – ​​26.37%
Excessive Cricket – 3.79%
Older players – 2.93%
According to a majority of respondents, the team’s performance in the Asian Cup revealed flaws in the selection policies.

It was a big mistake to exclude goalkeeper-beater Sanju Samson, who had done pretty well every time he had the chance to play for India.

Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson. Photo: IENS.


The team management should have dropped KL Rahul after his failure in the first match of the tournament. Playing Hardik Pandya as a specialist bowler makes no sense.

Also, Deepak Hooda, who was drafted into the team as an all-rounder, wasn’t used properly.

Opening with Rishabh Pant would have allowed the team to have a combination of left-handed and right-handed hitters.

The overconfidence of being the #1 ranked T20 team backfired.

However, the tight schedule cannot be blamed for the poor show.

Many players from other Asian teams play franchise cricket throughout the year. Afghan spinner Rashid Khan is a good example.

Most respondents don’t think Team India has an aging problem.

If Karthik, 37, can be a good T20 player, there’s no reason for others to feel overwhelmed, they claim.

The main problem the Indian team faced in the Asian Cup was…
Failing Versatile Hitters – 33.09%
ODI style strike in T20 – 31.14%
Absence of a top-notch left-handed batsman – 14.29%
Other reasons – 21.48%

Most respondents said Indian batsmen had yet to learn how to hit in Power Play overs.

Instead of trying to score fifty, openers should try to score at a strike rate of 200.

Against Sri Lanka, Rohit played a great T20 round but the middle order failed to capitalize on the strong start. Pandya’s stick wasn’t up to snuff while Pant struggled to cross the ball.

The team management should have tried to open with Pant.

The right-left combination of Rohit and Pant would have disrupted the pace of bowlers and field placements.

The midfielder was exhausted by Ravindra Jadeja’s injury, the inquest showed.

What was wrong with Indian bowling?
Bowling to the death – 34.68%
Bad spinner show – 19.17%
Imperfect Bowling Changes – 40.05%
Other reasons – 6.1%

According to the survey, there were two reasons for India’s poor bowling performance in the Asian Cup.

One was team selection. Most of those interviewed said the non-inclusion of an experienced campaigner like Mohammed Shami had weakened Indian bowling.

Those who chose Avesh Khan ahead of Shami deserve kudos, some said mockingly.

Often Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to bear the burden alone. The team sorely missed Jasprit Bumrah in the death overs.

Management should have given Deepak Chahar a chance.

Moreover, the team did not have a single real pacer in its ranks.

Additionally, Rohit’s selection of bowlers in the death overs has raised many questions, survey participants said.
The only player India didn’t use properly in the Asian Cup was…
Dinesh Karthik – 45.30%
Ravichandran Ashwin – 18.80%
Ravi Bishnoi – 17.22%
Any other player – 18.68%
A popular opinion was that India could not effectively use a T20 specialist like Karthik.

In the entire tournament, he faced just one ball, coming in at No.7 against Pakistan in India’s opener.

Against Hong Kong and Afghanistan, he didn’t have the opportunity to beat.

India’s stick lacked firepower in the final five overs, but the team’s management couldn’t use the serve of a proven finisher like Karthik.

Most of the respondents were of the opinion that India should have opted for Karthik instead of Pant.

The rotation of Ashwin and Bishnoi did not yield the desired result, the investigation showed.
One of the players India missed the most in the Asian Cup was
Jasper Bumrah – 43.59%
Sanju Samson – 42.49%
Mohammad Shami – 7.20%
Any other player – 6.72%

Majority of those polled felt that if Bumrah and Sanju had been in the squad, India’s fortunes in the Asian Cup would have changed.

Bumrah’s absence was felt while bowling in the death overs. Sanju, with his aggressive brand of cricket, would have kept the scoring rate up in the middle overs, they noted.

What the team needs are good T20 batsmen like Sanju. Someone like Shikhar Dhawan, who has always done well in big tournaments, could also have made the difference.

Chahar, with his wide array of subtle variations, would have fortified the bowling offense. Most of the attendees lamented the team management’s inability to find a replacement for Yuvraj Singh.

Good luck, India!
The majority of participants felt that India repeated the flawed Asian Cup selection policies while also picking the squad for the T20 World Cup.

It was shocking to see the selectors snub Sanju once again.

The absence of Jadeja will be a blow for Team India. The return of Bumrah and Harshal Patel will give the bowling attack more bite.

With India set to face South Africa and Australia ahead of the World Cup, fans are expecting changes in the final mega-event squad.

Although most of the fans are unhappy with the team selection, they want India to succeed in the World Cup and make the country proud.

Martin E. Berry