India finished their 2019 world cup campaign on a heartbreaking note as the Indian supporters were shell shocked to see their favorite team being knocked out in such fashion. But it could have been all different if India had managed to beat the current world champions in England in the league game.
India lost the match against England by 31 runs after failing to chase down a huge total in 337 runs put up by England in a do or die game for the world champions. It turned out to be India’s only loss in the league stage and that loss left the Indian team in a deep hole.
The winning mantra for that England side over the last 5 years was to bat the opposition out of the game by preparing a flat track where their free flowing batters could demolish the opposition bowlers. It was the same case on that day as the English openers absolutely thrashed the Indian bowlers which injected the doubts on the Indian set up that eventually led them to change their winning combination in “kulcha”.
The two wrist spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal never played a game together to date after that drubbing against England. The Indian captain after the loss was not happy with the dimensions of the ground and even expressed them in the presentation ceremony.
The toss was vital, especially looking at the boundaries that are this short. Bizarre that it just falls in place with the boundary limitations and with a flat pitch such as this. It’s crazy that things fall in place like that randomly. It’s the first time we are experiencing this. If batsmen are able to reverse sweep, sweep you for a six on a 59-meter boundary you can’t do much as a spinner. They had to be smarter with their lines as it was difficult to contain runs with one short boundary
it was weird to hear India captain Kohli whingeing about the size of the boundaries at the post-match presentation ceremony. I have never heard such a bizarre complaint after a match. It’s actually the worst complaint you could ever make