Alas! That was not meant to be. A New Zealand side in its present form in T20 World Cup would have won against Afghanistan in any situation, regardless of the conditions. The only way India could advance from the group stage after their sloppy performances in the first two matches was if Afghanistan won.

A Shocker Defeat

India’s defeat over Pakistan in the league encounter was a shock. When they finally got back to full health, they were beaten by the Kiwis in a pivotal encounter. As a result of the two losses, India was on the verge of collapse. T20 World Cup in UAE was always going to be about luck and prayer because of the time of year. An appeal for everyone to abstain, particularly when protecting an enemy, was made in the prayer. Luck had a role in the outcome of the toss. To use golf terms, losing the coin toss and being required to defend a target in a night match was as bad as beginning with a minus 40-run handicap.

It was Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s star left-arm paceman, who reacted like a bowler on the verge of a nervous breakdown when he was given the crucial toss. He ambushed India on his own. Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim’s opening bowling undoubtedly sealed their fate, as a score of 151 was never going to be enough to overcome the dew-kissed outfield and pitch disadvantages for T20 World Cup.

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In Danger Zone

Even though they were beaten by New Zealand, India still seemed like a danger since they had lost the toss against them, which had a devastating effect on their confidence. With the help of Afghanistan and Scotland, they were able to reclaim their confidence. After all, the horse had already run. India’s World Twenty20 championship hopes were dashed by Afghanistan’s defeat to New Zealand. This is the first time since 2007 that they have had the cherished trophy in their hands!

A quarter of late-evening matches, particularly those involving two teams of about comparable strength, are likely to be affected by chance with the toss. This was the worst of times for India. Shouldn’t the ICC have made sure that both teams had to deal with the effects of a damp cricket ball by moving critical matches to the early afternoon or beginning evening matches 60 to 90 minutes later? Tossing the coin would not have been as crucial if they had done so. This can be a major game-changer in T20 World Cup.

As a result, India’s stars were unable to play brave cricket

They lacked a few up-and-coming young batters eager to stake a claim in the game. Many of the top-order hitters lacked that desire. That’s why the club sent Ishan Kishan to begin in the second game, a left-hander. While the strategy worked in theory, he couldn’t quite knock it out of the park from far away since his power wasn’t up to pace. Venkatesh Iyer of Madhya Pradesh might have been a better choice here. 

Kishan and Surya Kumar Yadav can’t compete with him since he’s bigger, more fearless, and a more powerful hitter. He had a hand in both throwing and fielding the ball. It was shocking that Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal were left out of the IPL squad. Bowlers with no white-ball expertise or who had yet to play a match were given the opportunity to compete. Quite simply, India’s selection committee was afraid to go with established stars. Because of their notoriety or someone else’s nagging, India ended up playing a decade-old kind of cricket. As a result, some of the other difficulties, such as bubble fatigue, excessive cricket, and overexposure, may have been avoided if the selectors had taken a more daring approach for the target of T20 World Cup.