Recently, former England captain Michael Vaughan joked that the T20 World Cup to be held in India should be awarded to the team which wins the most tosses. This was a dig at the ongoing India-England T20I series in which the three matches have been won by the team which has won the toss.
England has won two matches thus far, both when Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to chase, while Virat Kohli did the same in the second T20I and chased. The fourth T20I will be played on March 18 and England pacer Mark Wood said that the importance of toss is being hyped too much.
For The Twenty20s I Think The Toss Has Been [Made] A Bigger Issue Than What It Actually Is: Mark Wood
Mark Wood talked about the importance of toss and does not think the toss is having as much of an impact on proceedings as might be the first thought.
“For the Twenty20s I think the toss has been [made] a bigger issue than what it actually is. If you bowl second, you get to see what the opposition have done, what works for them. But both teams, the way that their batting line-ups are, clearly like to chase. Often we know that we are going to be bowling first if we win the toss because that’s how we play and we back ourselves,” Wood said.
He admitted that teams do like to chase, in T20 format given that knowing what total to chase gives a better chance of planning things better.
“If the wicket determines something different, then I am sure we will be happy to bat first. We’ve got confidence in every player in that dressing room that if we need to bat first and get a big score, I am sure we could do that. Like I say, when you watch the opposition bowlers, you get to see the slower balls that are working, you need to bowl slightly fuller or shorter. You do get a feel off the opposition as well. But both teams do like to chase,” he added.
Mark Wood was the hero of England win in the third T20I picking three wickets, including getting rid of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma early and then scalping Shreyas Iyer.