More than 86,000 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. T20 World Cup final match between India and Australia. And Australia won the title by defeating India in front of their audience in their home country. The Indian team was neither seen batting, nor bowling nor fielding in the match. What was the reason behind this defeat?
Toss: In the final, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur could not win a single toss in this entire tournament. she lost the toss in all five matches. Chasing the target, the Indian team has not looked as successful.
Bowling: Indian bowlers performed amazingly throughout the tournament. But in the final, our bowling was the only reason for the defeat. Australia scored 185 runs in 20 overs. But India has not only won the World Cup, but it also has never won by chasing such a big score. Shikha Pandey gave 52 runs in the spell of 4 overs. Which is the highest in T20 World Cup in any one spell. Apart from her, Deepti gave 38, Radha gave 34 runs.
Fielding: The bowlers showed a bad game. Our fielding was poor throughout this tournament. In the final match, Shefali gave up the catch of Elisa Healy on the fifth ball of the first over. Later Elisa scored an innings of 75 runs. Apart from her, Gaikwad was also given life to the Bith Mooney in the fourth over. Mooney later scored a not-out 78 runs. Both these players became the cause of defeat.
Batting Order: Sourav Ganguly once said that you have the best players in T20. They should play the most balls. But this did not happen with the women’s team. Under the pressure of a big score in the final, Schaafali was dismissed in the first over. After this Tania came to play on One-Down. But here it was a big mistake. Captain Harman should have landed at number three. So that she runs together with memory. But the team’s batting order remained inconceivable.
No match practice: The last match of the tournament was played eight days before the T20 final was played on March 8. The Indian team last landed on the field to play the last group stage match against Sri Lanka on 29 February. After this, India had to play semi-finals on March 5. But the team could not play due to rain. Because of which India played the final after a long gap, and the players of the team did not appear in the old rhythm.
The Indian team has lost once again after reaching the knock-out of the ICC tournament after 2017, 2018. Now it can only be expected that the team does not repeat such mistakes in the series ahead.