Fighting fit? Dhoni, coach disagree over T20 exit Wednesday, Jun 17 2009 

Nottingham: The discord in the Indian camp over the reasons for the shocking exit from Twenty20 World Cup continued with Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisting that fatigue was not a factor for the debacle. While coach Gary Kirsten had blamed an overdose of cricket and Indian Premier League IPL as the cause for the World Cup fiasco, Dhoni continued to differ with his coach on IPL issue though he admitted some of his players were not 100 per cent fit.

Kirsten had on Tuesday asserted that too much of cricket by his team and the timing of IPL were the main reasons behind India’s failure to defend their title. “We were not as energetic as we were in New Zealand. We were relatively tired when we arrived here. We have been on the road since end of January. A lot of our cricketers also carried niggles in this tournament. We picked up niggles in the IPL and lost contact with them,” Kirsten had said.


T20 debacle: What cost India the game Monday, Jun 15 2009 

New Delhi: A three-run loss at Lord’s to England on Sunday sealed India’s fate in the World T20 championship and made sure that there will be a new T20 world champion come June 21.A day after the shocking defeat, CNN-IBN’s Nishant Arora dissects the mistakes that cost India the game:

Dhoni’s first blunder as skipper was to yet again not complete the quota of overs for his best new ball bowlers. RP Singh delivered a wicket and went for only 13 in his three overs, yet he didn’t get a fourth over to bowl. Despite going for 26 in his three overs, Zaheer Khan’s experience was too invaluable to ignore. Why did the skipper not turn to him instead of handing over the ball to Ishant Sharma, who has generously given runs throughout the tournament? Ishant went for 36 in his full quota of four overs.

India’s third mistake in the field was allowing two wide balls by Harbhajan Singh to sail to the boundary, not once but twice. As the senior spin bowler, it was a cardinal sin by Harbhajan to bowl two such shocking deliveries – first in the 18th over and then in the final over. Those 10 runs cost India dearly.The decision to bat Suresh Raina at number three in the batting line-up despite his obvious weakness against the short ball was also hard to understand. With the asking rate (required run rate) not too stiff, could the skipper have given himself the role of seeing the initial England burn out and kept Raina in the dugout for an assault on the spinners?

Then came the game breaker – Ravindar Jadeja sent in to bat ahead of Yuvraj Singh at number four. Jadeja was simply unable to find the boundaries. He consumed six of the 20 overs on offer, making just 25 with one four leaving Yuvraj, Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan too much to do in the end.

T20 WC: India set to face ‘Gayle storm’ Friday, Jun 12 2009 

Its a big day for the men in blue at the T20 world cup. It just gets tougher from here as they face the Calypso Kings West Indies in their first match of the Super 8 stage at Lord’s on Friday (June 12).
Despite the controversies off the field, Dhoni’s boys have been in great form out in the middle, so far, but the big Test starts today.