Team India won’t progress in the T20 World Cup after New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets on Sunday.
Afghanistan’s loss not only meant their run in the tournament would end, but also India exited along with them.
Toss factor outplayed India in the tournament?
Winning the toss in this T20 World Cup has been one of the important factors as teams that chase the target get a certain advantage because of the dew coming in the later part of the day.
Only 15 out of 41 completed matches were won when a team batted first, and India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun also stressed on winning the toss.
“I am not trying to give any excuses but I think in this World Cup the trend has been the team that wins the toss has a big advantage especially when you are in playing in Dubai. The wicket kind of eases out when you come out to bowl the second time. These are no excuses.
“We should have done better, we should have batted better. In the first match, we had the chance to defend a good total, but we looked a little below par,” Bharat said while speaking in a press conference ahead of India’s match against Namibia.
If India had scored a lot of runs, you could blame the toss: Ajit Agarkar
Former Indian player Ajit Agarkar said that the Indian team did not bat according to its reputation and dismissed the theory of losing the toss.
“The toss did not play a huge role in India’s losses. I think India just did not bat well enough, unfortunately, in spite of having a good batting lineup, which is what cost them the game.
“If they had scored a lot of runs and lost, you could perhaps blame the tosses, but I’m sure the Indian team would be the first one to say that tosses played a part but not the reason behind India’s losses,” Agarkar told ESPNcricinfo.
India will play their final group stage match against Namibia on Monday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.