Indian openers were timid in T20 World Cup: Shane Watson | Cricket News



MELBOURNE: Opening timidly, benching leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and setting a modest target on a belter of a pitch were key reasons behind India’s resounding defeat, said former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Friday.
He also said that England holds a slight advantage over Pakistan on Sunday because the Joss Buttler-led team has several players who have played in a World Cup final before.
Watson said, “The Indian openers were timid. In the end, it boils down to fear of failure. Which is never the right mindset when you are facing the best opposition, especially in T20 cricket where you have to take the game on. It was a really good batting surface. But both Rohit and Rahul went into a hole. England has been dominating the short formats in recent years because it is playing totally fearless cricket.”
India scored just 38 in the first 6 overs whereas England scored 63. “Not playing Yuzi Chahal was another mistake. He has played T20 cricket around the world. Even Liam Livingstone, who is a part-time leg spinner was fairly successful, on the Adelaide wicket. Not playing Chahal was an opportunity missed,” Watson said at an interaction organised by
“In Australia, 170 is generally a good score on most wickets. But Adelaide is a high scoring ground and the pitch report had said that it was an in credibly good wicket. 168 was never going to be enough. 180-190 was okay, considering England’s batting firepower. And India got to that total only because of Pandya’s knock in the last five overs,” he said.
Watson also spoke briefly about the T20 World Cup final. He praised Pakistan for its domineering performance against New Zealand in the semis. “Against New Zealand the other day, Pakistan was as good as I have ever seen. From ball one, they were on. They are generally a very emotional team. If they get off to a flying start, they can be hard to stop. But if they don’t, then they also fall flat very quickly. Pakistan will have to manage their emotions well. It will be an amazing match and difficult to choose who will win. England are the more consistent team showing good form all the way through,” he said.
Watson felt that England are a notch ahead because of their consistency and because of the number of finals they have played in recent times. “They have experienced players, including those who have played in the 2019 ODI final and the 2016 T20 final,” he said.
What went wrong with Australia? He lamented, “Australia didn’t have the competitive edge. In the first game when Finn Allen took down Mitchell Starc, you could see the energy evaporate a bit. They couldn’t rediscover the energy apart from a few sparks here and there like Marcus Stoinis‘s knock against Sri Lanka. They lost intensity. It was disappointing because Australia had a great chance to win the tournament.”
(The reporter is in Australia following an invitation by booking. com)


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