World T20 2014 April 7, 2014

India turn over a new leaf

After a tough winter, India must be lauded for putting in such a commanding performance all the way to the final that somewhere along the way, they became title favourites
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This was a team that had not won anything at all in any format on its two winter tours and was beaten by Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Asia Cup. They had come close, of course, they had competed, but that winning feeling had last come for them against West Indies at home in November last year. Yes, Bangladesh is much closer to home for the Indians compared to South Africa and New Zealand - home is just a "forty-minute flight away" as MS Dhoni said - but a winless environment is not what you want to take with yourself into a world tournament. Yes, the conditions played a big part, but India have to be lauded for putting in such a commanding performance all the way to the final that somewhere along the way, they became title favourites.

This after entering the tournament with only two wins - against Bangladesh and Afghanistan - in nearly four months. And with a World T20 record in the past three editions that suggested the format began and ended for them with the IPL - they are not allowed to play in any other domestic T20 league, and they couldn't perform in the World T20. This time, not only did India win consistently in Dhaka, they won every game convincingly till the final, so convincingly that the victories started to look formulaic.

Bowl first, bowl aggressive wicket-taking spin, restrict the opposition, and hunt down the modest target with ease. This approach worked to perfection in their first three games against Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh, and made them the first team in the tournament to qualify for the semi-finals. They wanted to bat first in their final group game against Australia, were put in and recovered to post a decent total before the spinners, led by R Ashwin, demolished the opposition.

The batsmen, led by Player-of-the-Tournament Virat Kohli, took over in the semi-final against South Africa, hunting down 170-plus against the might of Dale Steyn and co with nearly an over to spare. India made this match appear like a typical subcontinent ODI chase, where their batsmen were capable and confident enough to surge past whatever their bowlers had conceded.

India can take credit for showing in this World T20 that it is possible to play formulaic cricket in the shortest format in familiar conditions and develop a measure of consistency in winning, something thought to be nearly impossible in T20. Almost all their wins were one-sided. Their matches lacked the kind of chaotic thrill a crowd expects from a T20. This lack tells you a lot about their dominance in a format which, due to its ultra-condensed nature, produces nail-biters almost by rote.

It seemed too good to be true, and things came unstuck spectacularly in the final, where the mighty line-up was hamstrung by its most experienced member and by a charged-up, disciplined opposition attack. The signs had not been encouraging from Yuvraj Singh in the first couple of games, where he fell short in whatever he tried to do on the field. When he came good in a no-pressure game - from the team point of view - against Australia, it seemed India had ticked the one final box on their sheet going into the knockouts. It was to prove misleading. Yuvraj's struggles were back in the semi-final, and peaked in the final, where he had one of his worst off days ever, simultaneously draining whatever momentum Kohli was providing at the other end.

That said, it is a reflection of the unbelievably extreme pressure under which Indian cricketers play, when reports come in that Yuvraj's house was stoned after the final. Not only was it utterly disrespectful to the man who had won India the 2011 World Cup, it was also unmindful of the fact that it was the last hurdle at which the team had fallen, and not in the qualifying rounds. And before the final, they had won five successive matches, something they did not manage even when they took the title in 2007.

The man who had fallen one match short of becoming the first captain to hold the World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the World T20 at the same time, was satisfied with how India had performed in Bangladesh. "Overall if you see the whole tournament we played really well," Dhoni said after the final. "Right from the practice matches, and it was (also) evident from the fact that we didn't have too many changes in our side as the tournament progressed. Spinners contributed when there was a bit of turn for them. Throughout the tournament, more often than not, they bowled well. And Virat has been brilliant for us for last one, one and a half years, even more. He is someone who has been very consistent. Yes, overall very happy with how everybody performed."

That is the conclusion Indian cricket's well-wishers should take from this World T20. Bangladesh 2014 emphatically ended the disappointment of England 2009, West Indies 2010 and Sri Lanka 2012. The abiding image should be one of Kohli mastering the chase in the semi-final, although the chance is it will be that of Yuvraj bottling up in the final.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Capt.Harry on April 9, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Glorious and wonderful Sri Lanka congrats...This game is a lesson or adequate reminder to all coaches, managers,captains, administrators..etc.. of cricket that no matter how strong the opposition is they can still be beaten on any any good day.Take nothing away from the Indians they played superb cricket but they were just unfortunate.Keep your head high India and rise to the next challenge Anyone who blames Yuraj knows very little about cricket and should find another sport to support.He and India will bounce back as soon as the next game begins and the scapegoat hunters will continue to blame someone else when you lose.That is the way of the world.When spectators/players/administrators understand that winning is not everything in sports then they would have learnt the true meaning of sports...World Cup final or not.No team can win or lose all their matches so deal with it and move on.Well played India and Sri Lanka.Cricket has won.Keep it Beautiful and Simple...Good luck 2 u both..

  • ramz30380 on April 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @ Euqiddis Ahh Sorry I dont want to get dragged into 'which team is the best' conversation but since u had mentioned the period - let me tell u tht Ind has more wins against SL even then - so ur arugument doesnt stand.....

    I wud also like to remind u tht amongst all test playing nations, Ind and SL have played the most against each other in the last 2 decades! So possibly SL cud have registered most no of wins against Ind on the same note, SL is also the most beaten side by Ind during the same time period....

  • tcarlos on April 10, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    @chethan asher well said mate.. that is the thing lacking from most of the indian fans... humbleness to accept the defeat.. anyway it s nice world cup. we have argued so much here but ultimately its the game that gives the bond to all of us.. so now we will start watching the matches to come..IPL is a cash cow and i do not have that much of an interest on that... however fingers crossed and looking for the excitement in future...

  • on April 10, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    hi indians guys if your real cricket fans or real cricket history knows look previouse record starting from 1996 to untill 2009 witch team have a more record nd more beat to indian team dont talk from mouth look the record nd count the match details first reasontly under dhoni captaincy winning some matches then you all a talking in cricket history your the all time champions ahaha...

  • dmqi on April 10, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    I think India played very well and Srilanka deserves the win after so many finals. Yuvi's selection for the final was not a good decision, period. ___ should have come before Yuvi who sit down in despair and watched India falling behind. If Kholi's catch was taken, India would be in tougher situation, who knows. SL, played better and they won. Why just one player's home is attacked, give him a break . It was not his day.

  • godshand on April 9, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Am surprised why people are critisizing India and hailing SL though SL was scratchy in all matches except in finals when India didn't play well. What happ to those criticise India on fast pitches, NZ/AUS/ENG all failed to do well in Bangladesh !!!!!

  • on April 9, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    @All Yuvraj critics AND the author of this article - Acceptable batting performance in a 120 ball innings - anyone who has played over 30 balls should be in the 140 strike rate, crossing 40 balls he should be in the 160 / 170 strike rate. Virat Kohli - had an approx. 100 strike rate for his first 40 balls (when the weaker of SL's bowlers were bowling at him) ! As a result of Virat's near test match-style batting in the first half of India's batting, SL was able to bowl out their weaker bowlers to Virat knowing that they had no price to pay, with Kohli not even trying to hit ! With his ultra-defensive innings, Kohli put India in a situation where the Indian batsmen had to play the innings of their lifetime (with 3 overs from Malinga still pending) for India to reach a moderate 150 ! With Cricinfo AND the Indian team management refusing to say a word against Virat (AND SL captain, Malinga having dropped a sitter off Kohli)..I am left wondering what was the secret of SL's win.

  • on April 9, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    When WI played in those days, India trembled and shivered. When Pak started winning India got a complex. When Sanath, Murali, and vass demoralised India, nothing was done to correct the rot. When any overseas tour was dismal, not much was done. Whatever India won in between was sheer talent, luck, pluck, and the players own will. Maybe now and then a good move by some X administrator.

    Then came money. But the team had brilliant individuals and some mediocre ones. No one ever did anything to build a "process" or "strategy" or "vision with a roadmap or plan".

    Somehow India finally got a set of fine thinking cricketers who played for pride. Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Kumble. Ganguly was not a great batsman but a fine leader. These guys ensured that India did well. They got foreign coaches and a systematic approach going. Then in MSD we got a fine man manger.

    Would like to see a few things done at every level in Indian cricket. But don't believe it will happen. That's India :(

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    tcarlos..India has won 2 world cups outside India , one is England and one in South Africa and a Champions Trophy in England, Sri Lanka has won both this world cups in the subcontinent so please examine your facts. As an Indian Fan I accept on that day SL was the better team and deserved to win Period.

  • mzm149 on April 9, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    I am sure if Kohli wouldn't have been given two chances, India would have crumbled under 100. Last 4 overs 19 runs and not a single boundary and they claim to be world beaters. Luck with toss and bowling conditions favored them to reach the finals. Otherwise everyone knows how woeful their bowling is.

  • Capt.Harry on April 9, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Glorious and wonderful Sri Lanka congrats...This game is a lesson or adequate reminder to all coaches, managers,captains, administrators..etc.. of cricket that no matter how strong the opposition is they can still be beaten on any any good day.Take nothing away from the Indians they played superb cricket but they were just unfortunate.Keep your head high India and rise to the next challenge Anyone who blames Yuraj knows very little about cricket and should find another sport to support.He and India will bounce back as soon as the next game begins and the scapegoat hunters will continue to blame someone else when you lose.That is the way of the world.When spectators/players/administrators understand that winning is not everything in sports then they would have learnt the true meaning of sports...World Cup final or not.No team can win or lose all their matches so deal with it and move on.Well played India and Sri Lanka.Cricket has won.Keep it Beautiful and Simple...Good luck 2 u both..

  • ramz30380 on April 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @ Euqiddis Ahh Sorry I dont want to get dragged into 'which team is the best' conversation but since u had mentioned the period - let me tell u tht Ind has more wins against SL even then - so ur arugument doesnt stand.....

    I wud also like to remind u tht amongst all test playing nations, Ind and SL have played the most against each other in the last 2 decades! So possibly SL cud have registered most no of wins against Ind on the same note, SL is also the most beaten side by Ind during the same time period....

  • tcarlos on April 10, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    @chethan asher well said mate.. that is the thing lacking from most of the indian fans... humbleness to accept the defeat.. anyway it s nice world cup. we have argued so much here but ultimately its the game that gives the bond to all of us.. so now we will start watching the matches to come..IPL is a cash cow and i do not have that much of an interest on that... however fingers crossed and looking for the excitement in future...

  • on April 10, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    hi indians guys if your real cricket fans or real cricket history knows look previouse record starting from 1996 to untill 2009 witch team have a more record nd more beat to indian team dont talk from mouth look the record nd count the match details first reasontly under dhoni captaincy winning some matches then you all a talking in cricket history your the all time champions ahaha...

  • dmqi on April 10, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    I think India played very well and Srilanka deserves the win after so many finals. Yuvi's selection for the final was not a good decision, period. ___ should have come before Yuvi who sit down in despair and watched India falling behind. If Kholi's catch was taken, India would be in tougher situation, who knows. SL, played better and they won. Why just one player's home is attacked, give him a break . It was not his day.

  • godshand on April 9, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Am surprised why people are critisizing India and hailing SL though SL was scratchy in all matches except in finals when India didn't play well. What happ to those criticise India on fast pitches, NZ/AUS/ENG all failed to do well in Bangladesh !!!!!

  • on April 9, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    @All Yuvraj critics AND the author of this article - Acceptable batting performance in a 120 ball innings - anyone who has played over 30 balls should be in the 140 strike rate, crossing 40 balls he should be in the 160 / 170 strike rate. Virat Kohli - had an approx. 100 strike rate for his first 40 balls (when the weaker of SL's bowlers were bowling at him) ! As a result of Virat's near test match-style batting in the first half of India's batting, SL was able to bowl out their weaker bowlers to Virat knowing that they had no price to pay, with Kohli not even trying to hit ! With his ultra-defensive innings, Kohli put India in a situation where the Indian batsmen had to play the innings of their lifetime (with 3 overs from Malinga still pending) for India to reach a moderate 150 ! With Cricinfo AND the Indian team management refusing to say a word against Virat (AND SL captain, Malinga having dropped a sitter off Kohli)..I am left wondering what was the secret of SL's win.

  • on April 9, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    When WI played in those days, India trembled and shivered. When Pak started winning India got a complex. When Sanath, Murali, and vass demoralised India, nothing was done to correct the rot. When any overseas tour was dismal, not much was done. Whatever India won in between was sheer talent, luck, pluck, and the players own will. Maybe now and then a good move by some X administrator.

    Then came money. But the team had brilliant individuals and some mediocre ones. No one ever did anything to build a "process" or "strategy" or "vision with a roadmap or plan".

    Somehow India finally got a set of fine thinking cricketers who played for pride. Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Kumble. Ganguly was not a great batsman but a fine leader. These guys ensured that India did well. They got foreign coaches and a systematic approach going. Then in MSD we got a fine man manger.

    Would like to see a few things done at every level in Indian cricket. But don't believe it will happen. That's India :(

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    tcarlos..India has won 2 world cups outside India , one is England and one in South Africa and a Champions Trophy in England, Sri Lanka has won both this world cups in the subcontinent so please examine your facts. As an Indian Fan I accept on that day SL was the better team and deserved to win Period.

  • mzm149 on April 9, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    I am sure if Kohli wouldn't have been given two chances, India would have crumbled under 100. Last 4 overs 19 runs and not a single boundary and they claim to be world beaters. Luck with toss and bowling conditions favored them to reach the finals. Otherwise everyone knows how woeful their bowling is.

  • wonderstar1 on April 9, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @tcarlos I donno which game you were watching for the last 4 6 years. Just look at the matches between India and SL during that period. You were hammered, annihilated in every part of the world. Its the truth. If you still don't believe in this, Just check the stats page and how often just for fun India have trounced SL. what lies in the future no one knows? May be SL has upper or Ind has the upper hand. But if you look at the last few years India have absolutely annihilated SL. Now in this final you played well throughout the tournament and you deserved to win. But what you are stating is completely wrong my friend. what holds in the future will be interesting to see between these tow though?

  • SL-IS-THE-BEST on April 9, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, Hope you can remember when jayasuriya, aravinda, arjuna was there. India got hammered by SL in everywhere. also, when gilchrist, brett lee, andrew simons, mc grath, ponting and mathew heyden was playing for Aus no one couldn't beat australia. that's the nature of the cricket. But the problem is ind fans cannot understand this and they over joy when indian team wins and under estimate all the other team. So now india is going through the rehabilitating period and they don't like to accept it. Also they cannot accept the defeat, so they splatter stones to their cricketing hero's houses. At this moment sri lankan team is better than india.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 9, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    @tcarlos: Your post should be nominated for "Funniest post on Cricinfo". Cause, that's what it was - funny. You have conveniently forgotten the period between 2008 and 2010 when India used to beat SL for fun. Do you remember all the series played out between the two teams back then ? Remember all the thrashings handed over to SL by India ? It's very easy to forget the past when the team has just won a World T20. Anyway, myself and many Indian fans respect SL for winning this championship. What we are trying to say to some SL fans is not to be arrogant in victory but humble. Hope you got the message my friend. Best wishes.

  • FahadBashir on April 9, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    To those blaming Dhoni for sending Yuvraj in before Raina: Yuvi came in at the 11th over not at the death. And he did not just stand there. He tried to get his eye in hit the ball but the fluency wasn't there. He kept missing or picking out fielders. The problem is 11 off 21 looks terrible, but 8 or 9 off 12 isn't too bad and from there it was only 3 dot balls that put the pressure on Yuvi. And any player struggling for form can implode under pressure. That's how small the margin for error is in T20.

  • AravindVatsal82 on April 9, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    S dhoni commented it right after loosing series ,they have come strongly into t20 lot of gd things to look @ amit mishra,ashwin,raina coming to party,though conditions suited & what dhoni would have taken any day,but just could not finish in the end,also credit to malinga for holding himself till the end,what else the man kholi just got better any body said that t20 is all about slogging look who the top run getter with all the shots in the book,was masterclass & coaching book for the youngsters. Its the nature of the game,when tough gets tougher,Yuvi was gambled in the big match,Dhoni the man has taken the decision @ crucial time.But had cup in the hand slipped in the end,the big match wc15 is all for the aus,nzl,SA,Ind just dont have bowling no much change expected in years time,just have to play out of there skin to play in semis man that will written in the history books if they do so,hope on dhoni & just wait he can do that for one last time...

  • tcarlos on April 9, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    also just to add one thing.. u all can win in indian soil friend.. not out of there.. next time it will be in india ;)... so good luck with the next t20 world cup...

  • tcarlos on April 9, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster dude be cool... remember when jayasuriya was there.. whenever or wherever we play u all just lost the games... recall the things happened to venkatesh prasad, manoj prabakar, abey kuruvilla.. they all lost the careers in the middle due to jayasuriya's onslaught. so be humble to accept that u all were beaten all ends up in the past.. in the present and i am sure in the future as well.. sorry folks...we are a better team

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 9, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    @SL-IS-THE-BEST: Dude, chill out. 1 game doesn't mean anything. Sure, it's the finals and your team played well and deserve to be champions. However, the wounded Indian tigers will rise up and SL team will do well to remember that. Don't jump to conclusion. India have thrashed your team a million times before.

  • on April 9, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @MrCricket0099. I second it. For WC2015, I would put the favorites in this order: Aus, SA, NZ. These teams have the right players for such conditions. But if you include other factors like SA can lose under pressure or NZ can suddenly be down, then the next favorite is Pak with their fine bowling. But Pak needs to steady its batting. They must focus on the WC (not just India!). Of course SL will be a semifinalist at a minimum. SL loves to play in Aus.

    if there is any surprise, then it might be from WI or Ireland. WI though don't have the fast bowlers. Spin will work to an extent only.

    I don't have hopes on Ind or Eng. India's july tour of Eng is critical. Hope the conditions are wet and swingy. They have good batsmen who are learning all the time. Dhawan, kohli, rahane. Rohit is not dependable. Pujara will be forced to play. But their fast bowling is a real worry. Also they don't have "pace" allrounders and unorthodoxy. India must aim to do well quietly. But who will care? Only us fans :(

  • CherryWood_Champion on April 9, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    To all my friends out here, First of all I do like Yuvi for T-20s and ODIs and hate him for Test matches. So overall I am not a big fan of Yuvi. But having said that, I cannot fathom to see so many disappointed fans spewing venom against Yuvi. Even MSDhoni/Kohli were not able to score off Malinga in his last two overs, so why blame Yuvi alone. It is very imperative that SriLanka bowled extremely well in the first five and last five overs and we should give credit where it is deserved. Take a chill pill guys. Cricinfo please publish this as a featured comment.

  • SL-IS-THE-BEST on April 9, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Now we can beat india any time any day, anywhere! kohli is the only threat, other than that india is nothing,

  • Yuosufahmed on April 9, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    It is hard to understand why people blame Yuvi alone for our defeat. In my opinion Kohli and Dhoni too should be blamed. Because, these 3 failed to score in a rapid face in the last 4 overs of the innings. Before Yuvi comes to bat, the score read as 64/1 from 10.3 overs which is not a good score at the first half of the match especially in a final in any standard. We could have scored something like 60 from last 4 overs to make the overall score to go past 170 when we were having 8 wickets intact. Look at the scoring rates in last 4 overs (16-20). Yuvi 4 runs from 9 balls. Kohli 7 runs from 8 balls. Dhoni 6 runs from 7 balls. Why should we blame only Yuvi. We managed to score about 50 runs from last 4 overs against strong SA and Aus bowling attacks. Why we couldn't do that again Lankans with Kohli, Dhoni and Yuvi at the crease. The fact is very clear it is not Yuvi alone, but our all top order batsmen and the death bowling strength of Lankans to be blamed.

  • MrCricket0099 on April 9, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    @saurabh016. No offence mate, but really? There is not even a slight chance of India going through to the semi finals in 15' WC let alone the Finals. This is based off the fact that India got thrashed against SA and humiliated against us (NZ) on home soil losing 0-4 recently considering the fact that we were no. 7 in ODI's. Crawl before you walk mate. Ireland have better chances in the WC. Looking at the current Indian line up, none of them would be able to perform on Green tops apart from maybe Kohli. It is already too late to make any changes & expect them to perform in NZ/Aus again.

  • Aus_guy on April 8, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    I think as a outsider to both teams SL team is more superior than IND team at the moment, SL defeated India in Asia Cup 2014, Worm up match in WC and finally in the WC finale, so India has been beaten 3 times by SL this year. Past performance is not relevant what is matter most is the performance at present,

  • on April 8, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    Though M.S.D brought 2 world cups and a Champions Trophy,his house was stoned. I love Yuvi.He has made India proud in many occasions.He is a great batsman.But I think that it is the right time for him to retire.I feel very bad for India.Despite the efforts made by Virat and Rohit with the bat & Mishra and R.Ashwin with the ball,India lost.I think that Dhoni must have sent Raina before Yuvraj.He would have stabilized the innings.Once again I congratulate Virat Kohli for his fighting performance in the final.S.L desrved it.They have been through to many finals but only managed to end up on the losing side.But they have to remember that India is gonna give back something very hard. India will surely win ICC CWC 2015.

  • TRAM on April 8, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    I have not seen in any post anywhere on why Yuvraj did not even TRY. Was there any physical or mental ailment? Can the team management please let the viewers know? However sick a player was, if he was mentally aware of the situation, he would have tried a heave or two in the 21 balls.

  • on April 8, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Arrogance always let's you down That's what happened to India! Javed

  • Alexk400 on April 8, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    yuvi is getting selected on pity. He will always have psychological issue because people will see him as cancer patient even if he is 100% cured. So selecting him again is worst decision is history of sports. If it is individual sports then its totally different. In team game you are as strong as your weakest link. Yuvi was indian team weakest link. Whole world knows yuvi struggle against spin. India lacks X factor players except dhoni. Before we had two with sehwag and dhoni. Now only one. Its easy to control indian team because it does not possess surprise weapon. I mean there is no one in indian team put fear in opposition. Dhoni sparkles only when there is setup is there and slogging is right approach. I really think dhoni should be removed from captaincy. Not because there is someone better than him , it is because when you lose big game , you should quit and allow young blood a chance. I am off the opinion of losing with younger player better than losing with older player.

  • saurabh016 on April 8, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    INDIA entered into final without losing a game.We were very sure that India will win including me, i was confident that we will win.It hurts too much when we lost the final.Most of us left our works for watching the final,a big final India Vs Sri Lanka.I also started criticising Yuvraj but I think the people who throwed stone on Yuvraj's house are not cricket lovers.This is not good for a man who brought us 2 world cups,how people can do such things,with his family members.It is very very shameful.Make Indian cricketer strong so that they bring wc 2015 home by defeating same opponent Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka has reached almost every finals of the big tournament.Make our cricketer too strong to defeat Sri Lanka in wc 2015 final and give them the same feeling they got in Final of wc 2011 with Yuvraj Singh man of the Tournament.

  • GrindAR on April 8, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Folks who blamed Kris Srikant being selector not giving opportunities for capable ones... now it has gone few steps lower by not recognizing the out of form player and give respect to his state and secure him to get better. With the aggressive fans, the players and their families are not safe when any of the player become the reason for a defeat... that too in a final...

    Dont suggest to be cut throat as other boards are... but being relevant is very important. You cannot give excuses and backing when you don't take decisions relevant to the situation(s)... SL won more by their selectors and co-operation from the relevant players...

    In fact I am happy for Sanga and DPMDJ for their exit on high note... they do deserve that if not more, as same as a SRT would need to... Here as the rule of thumb proved the pair in a box, 100% of the time one of them or both of them perform well in every match they play. It is very rare to see both of them fail in the same match.

  • saurabh016 on April 8, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    INDIA entered into final without losing a game.We were very sure that India will win including me, i was confident that we will win.It hurts too much when we lost the final.Most of us left our works for watching the final,a big final India Vs Sri Lanka.I also started critcising Yuvraj but I think the peope who throwed stone on Yuvraj's house are not cricket lovers.This is not good for a man who brought us 2 world cups,how people can do such things,with his family members.It is very very shameful.Make Indian cricketer strong so that they bring wc 2015 home by defeating same apponent Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka has reached almost every finals of the big tornament.Make our cricketer too strong to defeat Sri Lanka in wc 2015 final and give them the same feeling they got in Final of wc 2011 with Yuvraj Singh man of the Tournament.So I kindly request you all please forgot what happened and make our cricketer to regain their confidence specially UV. BLEED BLUE

  • car_khana on April 8, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    its sad that India lost out on an ICC trophy just to keep some people happy....indian public deserves better....

  • Sakthiivel on April 8, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    I dont like to give advantage for Yuvi for the season he won us 2011 WC. We should treat him like Sehwag and send him back to domestic circuit. No form not place in the team. Its was selectors fault to pick him up for T20 WC. Young kids like Samson or Apparijth would done a better job and would have gained lot of experience for 2015 WC.

  • Amar_bw on April 8, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    In short, a better team lost. Thanks to Yuvi for waiting for the right ball to hit in a T20I world-cup final.

  • Sultan2007 on April 8, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Enough of this Yuvi bashing, already. Anybody can have an off day or can equally, come against terrific bowling - which the SL bowlers came up with. Remember Yuvi came against MAlinga with 3 overs left and bowling with a guile and consistecy that I have never seen from him in a big game before. SL deserves credit for a great bowling performance. Remember, Dhoni for all his talent, couldnt get after the SL bowlers either. And it is ridiculous to sugest that Yuvi's innings against Australia came in a match that didnt matter. Talk to the cricketers and they will tell you the value of momentum and the winning habit. That win was crucial for Indian confidence. That it didnt translate ,was unfortunate. Well played SL. You were due! And happy for Mahela and Sanga for pulling this off in their farewell tournament!

  • tcarlos on April 8, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    @ramz30380 first of all being the biggest country and market u need to show some respect to cricket played in srilanka.. u have 1 billion and out of that 1 billion u select 11 players instead we have only 20million here friend. so its understood that overalll you have done good but not considering the country size friend... we respect u after all but its the respect that u show to a small nation like us is missing here... after all this is a game only so lets enjoy it.. be cool mate.. we dont have to argue on that whether we are the best or u are the best.. its just a game mate..

  • Manoj1234 on April 8, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Yuvi has mental issues. He wons us past world cups. But he should never play for any Indian team again. Dhoni messed up big time by including Yuvi after he had a breakdown against Pakistan. It repeated itself 100 times magnified in the finals. It was like a deer caught in the headlights. Very very sad to watch because the individual was disintegrating and also because it was making India lose from a winning position.

  • ramz30380 on April 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    To some of my SL & Indian mates in this forum, plz stop bashing each other's teams. U saw the respect and love the players have for each other on the field - so why is that not present here?!

    SL played well and deserved to win! Ind lost the finals that doesnt make the Ind team bad - remember there were 8 other teams tht didnt make it to tht stage!

    SL friends kudos to ur team for being ranked No.1 in T20s but remember when it comes to the overall picture across all three formats Ind is the only team to consistently be in the top3 rankings! So please show some respect....

  • on April 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    I have no idea what some people are meaning by saying yuvi just had a bad game. Either these people can't see something if it hits them in the face or something else. The point being that he was out of form throughout the tournament and just got some runs in an insignificant match and there was a lot of edges in that innings as well. The selectors must take the blame for selecting a player in the hope that he is going to hit form rather than selecting players in form. a world cup is not the place where a player can return to form. Just because yuvraj played well in past does not mean he can play as he wish against the need of the team. The anger is more due to the fact that he failed to get out if he was unable to score runs. So his criticism is justified. Attacking his house etc. is very bad behavior and if people r so emotionally unbalanced then they should just stop watching the sport. Sachin supporting Yuvraj z hilarious because he overstayed and had become burden to team

  • anoopbt on April 8, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Going by the way, it seems next time Bangladesh will win the 2016 T20 World cup... 2009 venue was Engald and Pakistan won. 2010 venue was WestIndies and England won. 2012 venue was Srilanka and WestIndies won. 2014 venue was Bangladesh and Srilanka won. ...so 2016 winner will be Bangladesh???

  • ramz30380 on April 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @Cricketlover54 Thanks for ur concern mate - yes there are some ridiculous characters who just want to show off by damaging properties!!! True cricket lovers and fans wont do tht coz they understand tht cricket is only a game and not the end of life!!!

    Moreover in sport winning and losing is common! Yuvi was battling the condition though it was not diagnoised at tht time when he was playing in the 2011 WC - inspite of tht he performed for which he deserves the nation's salute.

    Anyone can have a bad day and it was Yuvi's turn on tht day - I think it had more to do with the exceptional death bowling of SL more than anything else! Hats off to Malinga & Co.... wish we had a bowler of tht caliber in our ranks - may there is and the selectors are yet to find out!

    Ind selection panel - my humble request - plz visit every domestic match and look out for some spl talent - at times more than the score board, the impact of a player can be seen only when u witness them in action!

  • vgsr on April 8, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    I have no problem with Yuvi's lack of form in the finals. But what gets me is that realising that, he should have attempted to hit out and even get out , and make way for Raina and Dhoni, who were in formi . Thats what a team player does.

  • adis26 on April 8, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Yuvi is a champ - India loves him. India played like champs throughout the tournament and gave a tough fight to SL despite the low total. We have gracefully lost to a solid SL team that did surprised India with some brilliant death bowling and there is no shame in admitting that. SL deserve the win and the WC and have had to wait a long time for it. It has been emotional for Mahela and Sanga and they're legends we respect even more now because of the IPL connection we have with them. It was so calming to see Mahela come out for Delhi Daredevils in the past IPLs and perform for us. Love Mahela and Sanga and best of luck to them for the future. India remains a solid team in the limited overs format and Yuvi will come back strong as well.

  • SAJIMAG on April 8, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    We can understand that it can happens to any cricketer.But the real problem is not that..I feel that Yuvi is not N joying his cricket.The time he returned back for the T20 Vs Australia 13 where he produced a match winning innings,there was no jubilation after that.He remained caml which is very much against his personality.Then, very casual approach to take a catch in deep(i believe that one was against WI).Normally he is so expressive in the field.Something is missing.I am sure about it.I am a fan of Yuvi from the day he played in U19 wc(Still remember a newspaper article where Yuvi was called King of Kings when they won U19 WC).It seems he is not njoying.He is just 32,still 5 yrs of cricket is left in him.Most probably Yuvi is the right person to judge himself.I wish he is back at his best as we dont have watch winner in our team except Kohli.

  • tcarlos on April 8, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    @deadlite.. its not about winning the toss mate.. its all about executing the plans well. u have been beaten comprehensively and pls stop making all the excuses mates

  • on April 8, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    If india had lost in 2011 final it's would have been a disaster to the team...

  • ramz_01 on April 8, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    @deadite11 seriously? do u think 130 on dis wicket is enough? and dnt u rber india played all thr group matches in same pitches? whr even SL number 1 ranked dnt had any advantage whr da ground playing semis and finals? just gv cradit to wt ppl deserve , v nver throen stones to players even thy lost 4 or 5 semis. rber yuvi man of the tournament in 2011 look how quickly ppl forgtn tht heros.

  • Arok on April 8, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Remember when Yuvi gave four consecutive sixers to Mascarenhas in England and compensated with six sixers against the same team in a different venue. The expectations and emotions are far tooo high that we often forget that this is a game. Yuvi can comeback and produce more match winning innings.

  • tanstell87 on April 8, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Yuvraj will come back with a bang....common Yuvi we are with you....you were a hero....you are a hero & you shall always remain one...

  • deadite11 on April 8, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    To make it simple, both teams had just one defeat in this tournament. And India failed to make in finals, thats the difference. Moreover, Srilanka had camped in Bangladesh for 3 and half months for this moment. So they know about the pitch and conditions very well with experience they made it. And the other main thing is Pitch is so poor as team depends on Toss for their fate. If India won the toss, they would ve win more comfortably.

  • joseyesu on April 8, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Yuvi always my hero, he will make a comeback. Looking forward to his return.

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    @vipinchirackal. Am from India too but I don't know how much you follow world cricket. There are fans who just watch Cricket without ever having touched a bat or ball (like many ladies I know). Then there are fans who have played and watch only when India plays. There are very few who follow the game as a true cricket fan. SL since 1995 have been a different team. Even before that they had brilliant players like RoyDias, Duleep Mendia, etc. Arjuna turned it all around. Many countries discounted and even today understimate SL. Although SL does not have lions, they play like lions. The key to their success is planning, intent, and team spirit. They are the most consistent team. Maybe because they are small, they need to win badly. Maybe because India has such diversity and other things like bollywood, at times winning is not the only thing. So treat SL with respect.

    To win cricket matches you need variety, some strong point...but india always has 6 good batters and 5 normal bowlers. So

  • tcarlos on April 8, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    I agree with the comments made here. yuvi did a lot to indian cricket. do not put the blame on him for this... its their bad day. even dhoni and kohli struggled in final overs.. guys ... u have to understand that they are not gods. they are just a bunch of players...Srilanka played the best cricket on that day....

  • dog-fight on April 8, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    The signs were visible very clearly about Yuvi's form. No doubt, he has been crucial part of Team India in shorter version of the game,, but it was clearly not his time. He was struggling thorough out the tournament. Only thing is, MSD wanted to persist with him(may be wanted to bid him good bye on high ?), or perhaps MSD's lack of confidence in other members of squad. There was no guaranty that any other would have really done better than Yuvi, but, at least, the situation demanded that Yuvi be replaced by ANYONE in the squad.

  • Ms.Cricket on April 8, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    No doubt Yuvraj was bad but why only Yuvraj? What about Rahane - 3 runs off 8 balls in the Powerplay at the start set the tone for the slow pace. And Rohit did not convert 1s to 2s and easy 2s to 3s through some lazy running.

  • AnilKumarK on April 8, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Whatever the case it is... Stats proved once again that If any team want to win the ICC WT20 title then only after loosing at least one game in the league stage. 2007 WT20 - India lost to NZ by 10 Runs 2009 WT20 - Pakistan lost to Eng & SL 2010 WT20 - England Lost to WI 2012 WT20 - WI lost to SL And Finally Now 2014 WT20 - Sri Lanka lost to England.

  • khs_shk2000 on April 8, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Why only blaming Yuvi why not Virat & Dhoni? Last 4 overs 19 runs scored, Yuvi played 9 balls for 5 runs, Kohli 8 balls for 7 runs and our captain took 7 balls for 3 runs.Somebody tied the hands of Virat and Dhoni for not to hit fours & sixes? Virat was playing from the second over of the innings and he is unable to hit the big shots after 16 overs. This is our problem instead of giving the credit to Srilankan bowlers and the field placement we trying ti find out scapegoat. Kohli was showing unnecessary emotions at the non striker end as he will hit the sixes if he get a chance but when he got a chance what he did simply taking singles.

  • tristen_kul on April 8, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    I'm absolutely mad at my wit send here, India. You don't stone a person who has been battling cancer's house. You don't call him a loser. You don't turn Into a shetan (devil) just because of a game of cricket. Aren't we all going too far. I'm neither an Indian nor Sri Lankan so I'm not favouring a particular nation, but I'm just here to say that if you lose, you try again HARDER next time. And especially for a nation, you must respect your players.

  • on April 8, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @vipinchirackal I know it hurts. but the truth is SL played as a team. not like individual performances. each match we had someone to come up and perform. SA game - Kusal , NZ game - Herath, WI game - Malinga, Final - Sanga. for other teams , only one or two players performed in the whole tournament. IN - Kohli and Sharma , WI - Sammy and Bravo , SA - Steyn and imran. so that's why those are included in the ESPN XI. SL were the top ranked team before WC and after WC. So this average SL team are the king of T20. we don't even mind you mentioned SL are a poor team if it makes you happy :)

  • tcarlos on April 8, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    whatever said here, indians were beaten all ends up by the mighty number 1 ranked srilankans.. indians should understand that fact. anyway it was a nice series and really enjoyed the way bangaladeshi fans turned up to watch cricket. to all the bangaladeshis.. ur team will come up with a good performance oneday so keep the hopes and being a srilankan i wish them all the best

  • Cricketlover54 on April 8, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh's house was stoned? The man who battled cancer and won 11 WC for India? Stoning his home after one failed match? This is terrible.. I'm a Sri Lankan fan, and there are some Indian fans (not many but few) that don't appreciate what players have done for India in the past. Yuvraj Singh is a victim here. - Concerned SL fan

  • ramz30380 on April 8, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    @ Lin Comp disagree with u mate - Luck can be a factor maybe for one match here and there - not everytime someone wins! MSD has won India 3 ICC titles - ODI, T20 and Champions Trophy and no other captain has done it anywhere else - and u call tht luck??!!!

    The Eng vs NZ match tht NZ won due to D/L tht was luck! Toss offers an equal probability to all! If MSD's wins are luck,then every single tournament when a team wins a toss is luck!!!! Its disheartening to see tht ppl like u will call it luck when someone wins and bash them when they lose! Just because u dislilke someone it doesnt mean tht u shud not acknowledge thier contribution!!!

    Why is MSD being regarded as the best limited overs captain at the moment? Because of luck??!!! Ppl who play and have played international cricket accept tht he has a smart cricket brain when it comes to the shorter formats, I wont argue with their opinion unless I have played at par with them! I hope u wont too!!!!

  • on April 8, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    vipinchirackal "Sour Grapes" mate. Sri Lanka was the world T20 No 1 ranked team consistently for two years. They won tournaments overseas and at home (including Australia) and never loss any. Even they lost some thing like 2-3 games out of 20 odd games in this period. They are No.1 and they just proved it. Yet you call the team an average one!! Thats shame man. You got to accepts the facts. India were out played and as I felt they were the team not deserved to be in the final. Face the facts man grow up!

  • arup_g on April 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Excellent performance by India indeed. I had them down as the favourites at the start purely because the conditions would suit them. If this tournament was in Australia, SA or England I wouldn't have considered them so much. India can be happy with pretty much every positon in the XI except for Yuvraj, although he did make that crucial 60 against Australia, and Jadeja who bowled too flat throughout and was just too easy to score off.

    I thought Bhuvi bowled very well at the top of the innings, with fantastic performances from Ashwin and Mishra. Shami was a worry, but he is good enough so will be back soon. Mohit Sharma looked good, but doesn't look like he'd trouble many.

    With the next t20 World cup in India, expect India to do very well again, if not win it!

  • on April 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Aditya Saroj, why don't we go back in time to Krish Srikanth or better Vinoo Mankad? Sehwag and Gambhir are finished as far as international cricket is concerned and so is Yuvraj for that matter after this T20 WC. The sooner we build for the 2015 WC defense without these stars from the past the better.

  • vsroc on April 8, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (April 8,2014). It is true that India turn over a new leaf in the T20 WC.Though Team India came closer to win the title for the second time, lack of consistency continues to depri- ve their winning crucial matches right from their tour to South Africa.The improv- ement in T20 WC is due to inclusion of Amit Mishra which has enabled other spin- ners enhancement in their collective performance.This crucial point has to be no- ted by the captain of Team India M.S.Dhoni.

  • Hunters77 on April 8, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Will India now give Stuart Binny a chance????? A proper chance at least cmon you cant build a team around reputation alone you need to blend youth with experience how is he supposed to to get experience keeping the bench war? Simple equation drop Yuvraj add Binny both are all-rounders its a fair swop.

  • muftee on April 8, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Playing good with good cards is 'no' art. Vipinchirackal! SL played good with relatively poor cards, that's art which India don't have.

  • on April 8, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    INDIA need have best opens pair and they are virendra shewag & gautam gambir, this opening pair can give INDIA a big start & if any one is stuck in batting INDIA is sure that they will win about 99% matches & if shewag booms up then 100% INDIA will won. but currently openor are not that capable

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on April 8, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    I think much is being made of India's struggles abroad in recent years. Frankly, they played pretty well in the away tours of South Africa and New Zealand recently despite an inexperienced batting lineup. They got into a match winning position in one test against South Africa and could well have won both tests in New Zealand but for Dhoni's negative captaincy

  • SirViv1973 on April 8, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Come on who is the OP trying to kid here. So Ind went to SAF & NZL & didn't win a series & they lost a couple of games in the asia cup. History dictates that Ind don't always travel well but are usually a handful in familiar conditions. Ind were still one of if not the favorite coming in to this tournament. The fact that the whole team play IPL is an advantage, when the WT20 is played on the subcontinent. The fact they are not allowed to play in other T20 leagues was not disadvantage in this event as there are no other leagues of any note played in sub continent. They also played all their matches in Dhaka which was more of a typical sub continent surface than Dhaka.

  • on April 8, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Indians were not a bad team. One must apply the theory of probability. Indians won five matches at a stretch and lost the 6th.

  • CricketFever11 on April 8, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    All the best India for IPL 2014.

  • imtiazjaleel on April 8, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    In INDIA, SRILANKA and BANGLADESH, We can expect India to perform well. The reason is very simple spin friendly pitches. Our main concern is bowling and when it becomes strong then there is no way we could or should loose because our batsmen are expert in facing spin bowlers as well fast bowlers on such pitches.

  • Kuhan on April 8, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Friends the other factor was catching. Malinga missed an opportunity a tough one of Virat Kohli and there was no major damage done but Mohit Sharma missed Sanga's catch but he won the game for Sri Lanka.He was out of form though!A turning point. All aware of the bowling strength of Indians.Well Done Sri Lanka.

  • Darksack on April 8, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Let's just get on with the job of becoming a descent cricket team after all this is just a hit and giggle format designed for players that are not mentally tough enough to do the hard yards. Australia seam to have the right idea in leaving out most of there test players. We seem to be obsessed with this t20 rubbish and will no doubt pay the price. It is not easy to build innings when you are in the habit of moving around the crease and playing extraudinary shots.Cricket is played over 2 innings and that will always be the game of cricket!, We'll done to SriLanka but let's get on with the tough stuff!

  • sergio11 on April 8, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @syed.r.karim...hey mate Rohit Sharma Scored 200 runs in 6 inng at an avg of 40....when 2 of the top 3 batter have done this much of batting the lower order hardly will get a chance...stil Raina 35*,21(8balls)..Yuvi 60(40) were also important inning..i knw u r are not a SL or a SL fan..u are here to bash ind alone..so i dont want to compare ind team with SL....cheers!!

  • vipinchirackal on April 8, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    had india lost to teams like west indies or south africa we could have forgiven them since they are good teams.but they failed to an average team which reached the final just because of sheer luck .even none of their players may be except malinga was not eligible to reach at the world t20 team.still we failed because of a selfish player like yuvraj.he should have looked how chandimal sacrificed his captaincy for his team

  • syed.r.karim on April 8, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    The only credit for the India is, the spinners perform well, otherwise apart from Virat kohli, no other batsman have conventional performance. Their main bowler summy becomes disappear. How India can expect they can win the final? They have ordinary pace blowing attack comparing lasith malinga and one time no 1 ODI bowler kulasekara, only virat kohli have the same class as sangakara and mahela jayawardene. SL has world class all-rounder Mathews and Tishara parera comparing over hike Ashin and irregular Jadaja. SL has also experience Rangana herath comparing very ordinary Amit Mishara. So, this article doesn't show up the true culture, I don't believe India have progress 2% in last 1 year.

  • disco_bob on April 8, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    I'm not quite getting this, India played formulaic uninspiring unthrilling T20 cricket and failed when it mattered most and this is somehow 'a good thing'?

  • leighsydneychina on April 8, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    So, the only team that India can beat is Bangladesh..... Should they not be relegated to the bottom 7..... and move SL to the top 3? Now India can play ONLY Bangladesh.... they even might win some......

  • on April 8, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Kiwis were really unlucky to be in the Group 1. Otherwise they would have come much further.

  • cric1965 on April 8, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Dhoni, Mohit, Aswin, Jadeja, Raina all play for IPL one club. 5 players out of 11 from one IPL club. Why Selectors are more favourable to this club.

  • RajeshNaik on April 8, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    India's bowling was supposed to be the weak link before the tournament began. But the pitches were very sporting to both pace and spin and our bowlers managed to hold their own except in the match against South Afrika. And it is the performance of the bowlers that helped the team prosper and exceed expectations. I was expecting an exit after league stage. On the other hand as far as the batting is concerned it was all Kohli show with useful contributions from others. Loss in the final should not hurt anyone as the Lankans were better that day and our team did put up a good fight. Overall a good outing for Team India.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 8, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Well Yuvrajs high was def. 2007 wc where he was main performer in win in 1st edition.He has done much else in his career,which has prob. seen its end.Will be rememb. as man resp. for this defeat by Ind fans than for '07 W.Only as good as last game/tourny.

  • rohanblue on April 8, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    @Dumindu Shalika , dude srilanka touring england and ireland at the time of IPL, thats why franchise neglected them, otherwise srilankan players are faourite of franchises, we have thisara in SH and sanga, mahela will play next year ij IPL fr sure.....

  • Chris_Howard on April 8, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    It's easy to point the finger at Yuvraj, but it seems easy to forget that neither Kohli nor Dohni were able to do any better when they had their chance in those last four overs.

  • on April 7, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Ind vs Sri Lanka in final, only India were chasing. In 2011, Yuvi was in ominous form. Delivered more than any batsman or bowler in the team and was electric in the field. He performed consistently in every match at 2 down. Then also MSD prefered to promote himself ahead of Yuvi in that final and that turned out to be a master stroke. In this final I guess Dhoni should also take the blame. This time the demand to promote himself or Raina ahead of Yuvi was more compelling. Yuvi was stuggling and it was no time to let him find some form. Having said that, I remain a huge believer in both MSD and Yuvi, they are human and are bound to falter sometime. Yuvi will come stronger and emphatically.

  • on April 7, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    india need ishant shurma and ghumbir again in indian side to win 2015 world cup.

  • priya65 on April 7, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    The article is spot on in most aspects, a team without good bowlers try to pack the team with batters and try to go for big chasers. SL in 1996 was like that. But at that time SL did it with an innovative opening pair, people needed some time to dismantle. Sri Lanka has that ability to do something different. India was playing predictable cricket, when things went wrong MSD and VK was there to bail them out.. Sl has this ability to go soft on big players and still win. They didn't focus on Virat only. They realized that it is a game of limited number of deliveries. India was lulled in to thinking that they can always do that, a blitz attack during the last 5 is guaranteed. Suddenly they realized that it was too late. Even the great MS couldn't do anything. like the slow bouncer in 2010 wide yorker this time did the trick. SL played the happier cricket. They relied on each other and played for each other, Every match had a different hero, Cricket is a team game and SL did just that,

  • DingDong420 on April 7, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka played the perfect game, India didnt and Sri Lanka won, nothing more nothing less

  • Alexk400 on April 7, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Srilankan had brains. Indians are overhyped riding on dhoni's luck for too long. Time to dump dhoni as captain.

  • haq33 on April 7, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    No.1: Kohli is to be lauded, and probably Rohit also. India's is a one, arguably two-man show in ltd overs cricket. If they lose form, India have no hope. No.2: This is T20, not cricket. This finals appearance (that too after only truly being tested once in the entire tournament, let's face it - Pak's India choke, Aus's spin choke and WI's slow build up and 5 over gamble hardly constitute worthy challenges) really shouldn't paper over the massive cracks that have been exposed in recent years.

  • Mervo on April 7, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    The reals test for India will be in the Real World Cup in the 50 over game later this year, on wickets with grass ....

  • ThatsJustCricket on April 7, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    @vallavarayar, actually, it's even funnier how people like you keep belittling when India win a match and talking big when they finally lose one. Let me tell you why Indian fans are happy with the results. Our team played good cricket throughout the tournament and won all the matches comprehensively to get to the final. If you think you can attribute that to pure luck then hats off to you. Enforced blindness cannot be cured, I am afraid. Yes, we lost the final and kudos to SL, they were obviously the better team on the day.

  • spirit2show on April 7, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    I observed Sri Lankan bowlers bowled most of the balls wide of the off stump and not in reach for the batsman to make runs.this clearly indicates a kind of negative bowling.I hope many have noticed this but yet nobody commented about it.

  • Honda4808 on April 7, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Agree with Collegefastbowler. And, Raina should have gone in before Yuvraj. Captain unfortunately made an error here at the wrong time. Good performance by India anyhow. But congrats to SL and it is a good farewell to both Sangkara and Jayawardene. Best of luck to the two in their future careers. Kohli's batting is fantastic.

  • on April 7, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Yuvi has been a great cricketer for India for many years. Maybe his heroic triumph over recent illness has taken its toll on his abilities as a cricketer.

  • Topgun10 on April 7, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Yeah, we can go on and priase IND performance in the tournament, however, that does not excuse their repeated failures in the finals, no matter what the reason is. Perhaps they need better planning and execution for the finals. Also need to react when things are not going right as was obvious to everyone. So you work so hard to get to the finals, then you are the favourites there, no Australia to deal with and you come back loosing this one, because someone is in poor form. I dont care who it is, they need to be sent to Ranji matches to regain their confidence, playing at this level is no place for batting practice - IS IT?????

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    @Nicholas Horne: I was rather puzzled by the name Jayasinghe in your comments. I know Kohli & Rohit Sharma play for India but Jayasinghe never played for India & I do not think he is in SL team either, although the name sounds Lankan. I would be interested to know who Jaysinghe is>

  • JustIPL on April 7, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Why so much hue and cry from the fans as SL were the better team faced the Chittagong dew and then beat the reigning champions mercilessly while India were too much dependent on spinners and kohli. It is not necessary that india win t20 world cup as well just because they have won 50 overs affair and icc champs trophy. 50 overs affair was in the backyard while icc champs final was just a 20-20 game falling after IPL. Also the funda that india win T20 world cup if it is played before IPL has proven wrong.

  • Collegefastbowler on April 7, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    It makes absolutely no sense to finish at 130 for 4 in a T20 final with so many wickets in hand. Whatever be the quality of the bowling with so many wickets in hand the batsmen can afford to take risks and hit the ball to get runs. Even if they get out the next batsman in can do some big hits. With six wickets in hand it makes no sense to play like a Test match. Past performances should never be the criteria for selection and you should have to prove yourself on current form. Yuvi was totally out of form which was very clear so the fault is of the captain, the selectors and the team management in selecting him when he was so woefully out of form. India could have won this game if they had scored 20 odd runs more which was very much possible.

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    ...Contd...In reality, had Aus focused, other teams would have been blown away. In T20 you need someone to come in and slam a 20 or 25 in 7/8 balls. Samuel did it to malinga. Perera did it to India. Also Jadeja and Aswin and MSD had not had a good bat. The law of averages caught up. SL played better...

    That's fine but why does India play this way only? Like an asian minnow with limited resources. If it were an ODI I will agree that yes India needs to stick to its strengths of 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. But this is just 20. You get allout once in 20 matches. So why not include someone else who? A peculiar action, a starnge stance, a big guy?

    We don't have them. Then gow them! If the WCt20 2014 had been in SA or Aus or Eng, Indian tactucs would have failed miserably. So when they go to England what will happen?

    Ganguly had even meagre resources but he never made India a chase-only, spin-mainly team. MSD after 2011 had done that. Why? it coincides with Fletcher's appointment.

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Absolutely correct! Till you scratch the surface and then see a whole nightmare appear. This whole article should have been pointless. India should have done better in SA and NZ. Look at the reasons. Why is India playing this way? India (and most good teams) don't have a preference to chase or bat first. Only teams that are underdogs (like SL with due respect in 1996) try to chase. Like Holland did. So India does not have dependable fast bowlers, medium pace bowling allrounders, mad max hitters, well built sloggers...So MSD has to use whatever he has...Oh dear India the Cricket empire and the king MSD has to make do with "whatever they have..."

    The empire built by Ganguly (and the seniors) and MSD (and his team).

    Come on this is T20. Bisla who? Yusuf where? And no one else? Shame. Pathetic. And excuses come up. India had shekat,yuvi not in form. Rohit throws away gold. Rahane does not do what he does for RR. The bowling is all spin. No surprises to sting the planning SL...contd...

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    I hope the Yuvraj Singh- Zaheer Khan experiment has promoted the selectors to stop bringing past stalwarts out of the blue. Kris Srikanth selection committee has to take the most amount of blame for lack of vision and persisting too long with people past their prime.

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @RG Goo mate everyone knows India is far superior to SL and played a much better tournament. Not sayin Lankans didnt play well but T20 is about entertainment and there is no team that can entertain the way India does. u had a good final for once but India were the team of the tournament! By Far! !

  • shaker_elee on April 7, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Mostly agreed with previous 2 comments, what i like to add is that, If it is not a FINAL match, i would digest with most of the stuff by not going harsh on individuals, but then Final is no excuse for senior players not to show presence of mind and momentum of the match,here 2 mistakes one with yuvi majorily and then dhoni, if dhoni pitches yuvi ahead,he need to ensure to give message to yuvi to play his natural strokes with confidence to ensure momentum is not lost, in process, if he gets out,no harm, there is still plenty of depth to follow, i wonder why dressing room keeping low faces watching yuvi taking the game away from them, at least after he faced 8-10 balls a message should have been given to him-- to me senior players if in middle in big games knowing they are having awful day, then they have to learn to give way for others to come and rescue in the teams interest, when you have such depth to follow,rather keeping it on your shoulder to make it worst.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    @Tejdipto Bose, no, no, i disagree with you. doni is definitely far more lucky than most other indian captains and there are abundant evidences to prove that. you agree with me or not but i have sufficient evidences to prove that. in addition to the so many reasons to prove why doni is so lucky one more solid example is the recent asian cup where virat batted well and exhibited excellent captaincy too but lost crucial tosses and lost crucial matches too. the same players who later performed so well under doni performed so bad under kholi, and the moment doni took over as captain - the tosses were won, players regained their form etc etc and there are so many other reasons too to prove doni is mostly lucky and just an average captain.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Sri Lankan T20 cricketers has given great respond to the IPL franchise owners who neglected them from the recent IPL auction. Furthermore Sri Lanka showed that the top buy; Yuvraj Singh is not worth that much anymore. :P

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Below questions arise after watching today's match:

    1) Yuvraj's batting with strike rate of 50? 2) Why did Dhoni promoted himself up the order when Raina was in form? 3) Dhoni is known to be the best finishers, yet he played like a tail ender? 3) Why Kohli was not given the strike after a big over? 4) Why Dhoni did not introduce spinners early in the inning when his key wicket takers were spinners through out the WC?

    It was just a drama instead of a Cricket WC final.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Sorry , there are no ifs & buts here.. Sri Lanka was the better team. Simple fact. Thanks for the cricket though.

  • Tru_Cricket_Fan on April 7, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    I have been following Indian Cricket from 1990's. Back when once Sachin was out, we used to turn of the tellies. I am confident I know a thing or two about how Indian Cricket functions. Indian Fans are very fickle minded, Sachin was once booed at Wankhede.I am not surprised that all of Yuvraj's past accomplishment has been forgotten. Everything said and done, this was a collective failure of the team. The openers gave a poor start, Rahane fell soon. I am not sure what was Rohit's role. In the power play, the team scored at 5 runs an over. Dhoni should have assessed the situation properly. That is why he is the captain, he must have promoted himself or Raina or even Jaddu to get some quick runs. The captain is like a company's manager, you don't keep members for the past accomplishment, you keep them for what they can bring to the table. Let this be a learning lesson for all cricket teams, an out of form player can suck momentum away or help the opposition release pressure easily.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on April 7, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Agreed, it was not Yuvraj fault but rather Dhonis. But on the other hand Yuvi was sent at 10.3 over which made sense, if it was around 15th over I am sure he would have sent Raina. Yuvi a legend but after his cancer recovery just not the same old which is no surprise, you could see the serious face, dropping catches etc. He came in at 10.3 and stayed till 18.1.

    It's true in this series Dhoni was really lucky, he did not get to bat much either. But end of the day, it's just a game. SL lost to SA, while India beat SA convincingly. A few bad overs for India in middle and tight 2 good overs near the end helped SL win. This is a very fine line between victory and loss.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @Lin Comp Luck is not so consistent Lin that it will favor someone through several years. Dhoni and his team played well throughout. Luck is a small component of success; the rest is all hard work, people who make up the team, preparation, quality of opposition and ability to handle pressure. Don't diminish those other factors.

    For all the haters, here is your explanation for everything: when things go well, it is luck. When things go bad, it is the people. Sorry, in the real world, things are a little more complicated.

  • SinSpider on April 7, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    All players go through highs and lows. Look at Sehwag. A few matches before vanishing into oblivion, he was one of the most scary figures for all bowlers. It is better to accept that Yuvi's prime time is over. His recent performances have all been a shade of his actual talent.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    @Badar Nasir: India has won three world cup and 2 of them are outside the subcontinent. So please keep your assumptions to yourself man...

    India are and will be continue to be a good unit.. Yesterday was an off day but it will only make the team stronger.. As an Indian fan I am not worried about the losses in the recent tours, especially considering how inexperienced the squad was... We do definitely need to champion our pace department to have more teeth...

  • Rahul17_1983 on April 7, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Luck favours brave only.Never did u play cards..And remember Brave one only take risk.Either u loose or u win.Nobody remembers them who never took risk and played safe all time.It happens in all fields of life.Same goes with ganguly and other captains of India.They feared to take risk as they always thought abt negative consequences.consequences. Thats y Dhoni is gr8 captain not only for India bt for world.He knws winning is more important than loosing consequences...And respect him for wat he did..

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    If Yuvi batted well in the final and if india won then doni would have been made a god. everybody would have applauded doni like some brilliant captain etc. but the truth is doni is very lucky captain but not brilliant. Most of the matches and trophies he won are mainly due to his great luck and captains like sachin, dravid, ganguly etc did not win many matches and trophies because they were not even 25% lucky as compared to doni. See what happened in the final of t20 when doni's luck vanished and he is nothing; he lost the crucial toss, he had to bat first which he dislikes, his strange decisions like sending yuvi backfired and everything went against him. No luck then no doni. he is just a very lucky captain.

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    As an Englishman, I really look forward to seeing Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jayasinghe this summer -- all are a joy to watch. The same can be said of the Indian spinners, in particular Ashwin, whose dismissal of Amla in the s/f was amazing. If ONLY we had someone who could bowl like Malinga or Ashwin, and/or was comparable to Kohli, Jayasinghe and (dare I say it?) Pietersen.......

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Despite us losing a world cup on what was just two overs of the strangest batting I ever seen, I am still proud of the way our team played. They would have held all 3 world titles at the same time despite a major change in the team personnel over the last 4 years inparticular - Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Zaheer, Bhaji (stalwarts of the team) not to mention Munaf Patel etc etc all gone. These young lads have done brillantly well and the future looks good! Hopefully in Test cricket too!

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I dont think it is right to say india exceeded expectations. Almost all of pundits and commentators were labeling them as tournament favorites before the tournament. Yes they have poor away tours but still the conditions, IPL etc have contributed in people terming them favrotes. And they did well. Unbeaten throughout the tournament. Been to final. Bowling is often termed as weak. but in this event bowling was exceptional which is really a positive sign.

    They won all their games with ease that shows how good they were. they lost the final because of batting. And More importantly to a team which was playing good cricket for last 2 months on these grounds.

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Why india depend so much on only one man .... India did bad recent tours ...they lost south africa tour (2-0) ... new zealand tour (4-0) ...and also not qualify for the asia cup finals ..only win against BD and afgernistan...so they have poor track record away from home..... now luck of MS gone away ...yeah true they don`t have really good fast bowler also ....before starting new zealand tour one time dhoni said that india is settled team sos so on...most of the time he is cracking jokes ...MS want to mentioned that defeat of t20 world cup defeat because of YS ...India needs to find a reason for defeat not excuses..

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    One of the major reason for the Batting success was the performance of Virat Kohli. He is easily the most consistent batsman in the world in scoring & holding the team together. He has shown it in all 3 formats. So first hats off to Virat Kohli- a magnificient batsman par excellence. In this tourney Ashwin & Mishra were outstanding which was the main reason for the teams being restricted to chaseable totals. With so many youngsters fighting for the spot in the XI, Indian batting appears to have bright future. At this time India has room just for the opening batsmen & opening bowlers. My #1 choice for short format will remain Uttappa. In the ODI format this "Flexible Dhoni" needs to include Pujara in the line up. Only other batsman comparable to Pujara is Kohli. With these 2 guys at #3.4, & uttappa + one other good opener, Indian batting will be invincible. Serious attention to Bowling coaching Camps is the #1 priority. Aaron, Yadev, Shami, Ishant & Kumar will be great with coaching!

  • cricket_lover1 on April 7, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Sachin is absolutely correct! Its not Yuvi's fault..Its Dhoni's fault. Please understand that even after knowing that Yuvi's was bit out of form in last 2-3 innings, Sendng him at #4 was wrong descision. Dhoni should have batted himself or Raina should have came out to bat at that point of time. May be the off field CSK relatesd stuff is the reason for not taking right desisions. Dhoni had a predetermined plan of batting order. It should have changed based on the match situation and the current form of the player. So fans please do not blame Yuvi he was trying hard to give the momentum to the team. We all know that he gives 100% everytime no doubts about that. We should blame Captain and the coach for the lack of ability to access the match situation and for this loss. I think u all agree....

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Doni's luck finally ran out. The earlier matches went very easy for him due to winning so many tosses. I am not telling winning toss and putting the opponents to bat first itself automatically wins the matches but this approach is preferred in slow pitches like bangla. If India for example won just one toss in the first three matches they played and if india was put to bat first then doni would have lost at least one of those matches. He is the luckiest cricketer in the world, tosses are most often won, even off form players in his team find forms, the in-form players in the opposition team strangely lose forms, umpiring decisions go in favor of him etc etc etc, but in the final match doni's luck deserted him including losing the toss, forced to bat first, odd decisions like sending Yuvi for batting ahead of some others back fired etc etc. Most of his previous victories are due to luck than anything else.

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    I proud to be indian

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    What is wrong with Indian fans all of them are appreciating failure of Indian team (lets face it they did not win the world cup). As far as group matches and semi finals then they were lucky to win the toss and gained the advantage of bowling first with the dry ball (apart from Australia match). I do not understand for how many times WC will be held in sub-continent? I think may be as long as India did not win :-).

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    I would say it was easily the best performance by India in recent Times. Only bad luck caused them NOT to win all the way. It was failure to come strong in the middle overs by Batting that cost India the T20 cup. "In-Form" Raina @#4 instead of Yuvi would have won the day for India.Still it was a superlative performance. One clear conclusion from this Tourney was that India did not include established opener in short format like Robin Uttappa. This hurt India badly at the top - a lesson for the selectors. Also Dhawan the regular opener failed!. This is where India needs major overhaul. Secondly, The pace trio needs to be sorted out. Shami, Aaron & Yadev need to be trained to provide support for Kumar, who was outstanding. A positive conclusion from this tourney was "Flexible attitude" of Dhoni. This resulted in inclusion of "constantly Benched players" like Mishra, Mohit Sharma & Rahane in the XI - one of the major causes for grossly improved Team work- The Main reason for success!

  • thinkgood on April 7, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Its the same Indian team which got blown out of water in SA and NZ less than a few month ago. But our perception changes with change in fortunes of the team. We laud the team when they win and curse them when they fail. We - Indian fans - are not even minded. Keeping players such as Yuvi and sending him to play at no 4 is utterly foolish given his form. Even a high school coach or captain would have dropped him from the playing XI. But Indian team is still with the same old ethos that old / past glories are rewarded no matter what - even at the cost of WC final. How long we persisted with the likes of Sachin even after them passing their prime .

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    I see many are (dis)crediting Yuvraj Singh for the yesterday's loss. Its important to understand that these cricketers are humans at the first place, and its natural to have a lean patch. Unfortunately, that phase for Yuvraj is the one going on now. Some have even called Yuvraj playing for Sri Lanka, with Indian jersey on. Its simply disrespecting these professional cricketers who try to give their best each day, although he may not perform as per expectations. When we applaud the player if he's playing well, then we should support the player if he is not in a good touch. That's all I want to say.

  • shaykumar on April 7, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    I think its good if we slowly transform away from YS. He was one of my all time favourites but everyones time comes, i think this is his. Its hard to be playing at the best level for this long! I would say order for England series should be something as follows.... 1- Dhawan 2- Sharma 3- Kohli 4- Pujara/Rahane 5- Dhoni 6- Raina 7-Jadeja 8- Ashwin 9- B Kumar 10- Mshami 11- Get a new good bowler.

  • thinkgood on April 7, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    India has the best captain in the world for this format - T20. Undependable Indian players such as Rohit, Rahane and Amit Mishra let him down. These players are IPL stock only. They are not suitable or capable of handling big stage - the World Cup. India should drop them before ODI WC in 2015 and get some new faces. Yuvi can be rehabilitated if he tows the line. But his arrogance is too much to admit his loss of form. India should not tolerate such players any more. Get some good fast bowling options please for WC 2015.

  • vallavarayar on April 7, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Its funny reading all the silly excuses Indian fans are trotting out. C'mon people. You know in your heart of hearts that India just had it too easy and stumbled at the very first obstacle. India made the same old mistake of thinking that one individual like tendulkar or kohli will win you tournaments. Nope. Its a team sport.

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    It's best for him to go to domestic cricket now........we need to support this guy as we did when he had cancer and if we support him now he will be back better and much stronger he's a fighter..... and I also think he should focus on odi cricket........t20 format is just rubbish for me!

  • cricketlover80 on April 7, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    So now all proper test teams have won the T20 WC except Australia and South Africa. Lets hope India win the cup next time as its held in India.

  • sumit1982 on April 7, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    I am not blaming Yuvi. India didn't play too match international t20 they are come to these tournament after three disaster overseas tour and Asia cup failure.I thing before next tournament start India need to play some international twenty series.

    As well as very few predict India to reach final for weak blowing attack.

  • SRAM20 on April 7, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Completely agree! Give credit where due. India played the best cricket of the tournament. They just came second best in the title fight. Sri Lanka are champions (I do believe the team that wins the crucial situation deserves to be called champions) but India played the most dominating cricket of the tournament. Ashwin, Mishra, Kohli, Rohit Sharma - these guys led India out on the field so well. We didn't need Dhoni, we didn't need Yuvraj, we didn't need Raina.

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    From a sl fan Respect ur players. What ever reason that Dhoni sent in yv is the same reason Malinga sent thisara in. Both moves worked out our way. Guys look how much kholi scored last 8 balls, how much Dhoni scored out of 10 balls. You just have to admit that Sri Lankan bowling was unbelievably spectacular. We lost so much finals,even though it hurts we kept believing and loving every player. At the end of the day a superior team beat you. Cheers

  • atheros1672 on April 7, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Long term Issues to be handled with utmost importance: 1. No good quality fast bowlers (i mean 140 -150 ish bowlers) 2. Opening position - Get Rohit in Yuvraj Slot and find a replacement 3. Find a good Wicket Keeper (For Dhoni replacement in the future) 4. Find a better coach. Apalling stats for Duncan..... 5. Please dont include Raina in test squad ever and try new batsmen. Better platform to test out new kid's temperament and technique and adaptability skills. 6. Get Wasim as bowling coach or someone like that for AUS/NZ worldcup. 7. Get Martin Crowe/ Tom Moody as Batting Coach (Aus/NZ local knowledge). and train our batsment to handle pace and bounce... They are going to get a million of them in WC 2015.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on April 7, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    I am not a big YS fan, but we all saw this coming, he looks very short of confidence, some time away from the game would do him a world of good. I guess he is exerting too much pressure on himself to a point where he has stopped enjoying the game and is over analyzing it. His talent is still precious, he needs someone who can mentor and strengthen him mentally.

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    It is disappointing that we were the best team to lift the t20 wc but everything can't go as u want them to be. its has been a long season for team India. now we have to begin fresh, 1st Eng tour, then Aus n finally the 2015wc. and i believe in this team that it has the capacity to do well in upcoming tournaments and so the rest of the true supporters of the game. i wish team India all the best.

  • swami999 on April 7, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    You all are blaming indian team...but look sri lanka they failed twice in this format & then won what they feel when they lost last two? In 2012 sri lanka not chase down even 130 odd run! Yuvraj has done what the others done. Look NZ,pak,WI,AUS all are shrugged..can't blame on this team.we have to Congt.. sri lanka & in near future India will come back hard.We are learning,it is a process.Dhoni is beliving in process & one day you all will find a professional Indian team.

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Let us credit SL for their excellent bowling in slog overs and their fielding was outstanding, Even Dhoni or Raina would not have scored against that off side Yorkers and electrifying fielding. So stoning Yuvi house shows how mad our fans and highly condemnable India certainly lost to you better team and well played SL

  • ARJQ on April 7, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    I am from Pak but dejected the way India lost, they played exceptionally well throughout the tournament and deserved the title. Yuvi is a great player and has done a lot for indian cricket but I think that's all for him. His post recovery come back has not been good and lost the spark he used to have. Credit must be given to SLs' brilliance as well they showed character. Being Pakistani I can't dream a trophy in near future but wished Ind should have won the title. Indian fans should not be dishearted as India never lost like Pak who had no clue what was going on around them against Ind and WI, Ind fought at least but simply it was not India's day. better luck next time!

  • BigINDFan on April 7, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Ind played well beyond expectations and to be honest it was Kohli vs SL in the finals. MSD made a blunder by asking Yuvraj to come in at his usual No. 4 in the big final knowing he has been struggling all along. MSD should have sent Raina or promoted himself given that the openers made a very slow start. If India had 160 on the board and they would have given how Kohli was batting SL would have struggled. But SL brought their A game and captaincy and deserved the title for that reason.

  • ARJQ on April 7, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    I am from Pak but dejected the way India lost, they played exceptionally well throughout the tournament and deserved the title. Yuvi is a great player and has done a lot for indian cricket but I think that's all for him. His post recovery come back has not been good and lost the spark he used to have. Credit must be given to SLs' brilliance as well they showed character. Being Pakistani I can't dream a trophy in near future but wished Ind should have won the title. Indian fans should not be dishearted as India never lost like Pak who had no clue what was going on around them against Ind and WI, Ind fought at least but simply it was not India's day. better luck next time!

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Bring back Gambir, Harbhajan and pujara.

  • CricketMaan on April 7, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    I guess after the BIG 3 announcements, there are more haters than ever for Team India and i feel sorry for the players as they are victims! Players have to be lauded for giving it day in and day out, and if they get paid then they deserve it. Although WT20 performances were outstanding till that evening, it does not count for the fallacies of Indian cricket. We still have no Malinga or Steyn anywere in the country not even a promising talent but for Shami! Rohit is still make shift and Dhawan needs to rediscover himself. Rahane is handled just the way DK was and if not YV then who? While we can for now be happy with this short format performance there is nowhere to hide the long term issues with bowling in both ODI and Test cricket.

  • PPL11 on April 7, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    India Really Performed far batter and they were most deserving to lift the title until the final day - But we got to appreciate SL how they lift their game on Finale simply superb - India Lost intensity in final 4 overs of their inning which dearly cost them their 4th WC Title - But we got to say best team on Final Day won the Cup !! So Congratulations SL and India lets get our 4th WC title in 2015 not too far away now !!

  • ramli on April 7, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    A nice summary ... it is bye bye YS for now in Wt20 ... even if he performs exceptionally well in IPL ... enough is enough ... thanks YS for your immense contribution for all these years, especially WC-2011 ...

  • ramli on April 7, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    A nice summary ... it is bye bye YS for now in Wt20 ... even if he performs exceptionally well in IPL ... enough is enough ... thanks YS for your immense contribution for all these years, especially WC-2011 ...

  • PPL11 on April 7, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    India Really Performed far batter and they were most deserving to lift the title until the final day - But we got to appreciate SL how they lift their game on Finale simply superb - India Lost intensity in final 4 overs of their inning which dearly cost them their 4th WC Title - But we got to say best team on Final Day won the Cup !! So Congratulations SL and India lets get our 4th WC title in 2015 not too far away now !!

  • CricketMaan on April 7, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    I guess after the BIG 3 announcements, there are more haters than ever for Team India and i feel sorry for the players as they are victims! Players have to be lauded for giving it day in and day out, and if they get paid then they deserve it. Although WT20 performances were outstanding till that evening, it does not count for the fallacies of Indian cricket. We still have no Malinga or Steyn anywere in the country not even a promising talent but for Shami! Rohit is still make shift and Dhawan needs to rediscover himself. Rahane is handled just the way DK was and if not YV then who? While we can for now be happy with this short format performance there is nowhere to hide the long term issues with bowling in both ODI and Test cricket.

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Bring back Gambir, Harbhajan and pujara.

  • ARJQ on April 7, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    I am from Pak but dejected the way India lost, they played exceptionally well throughout the tournament and deserved the title. Yuvi is a great player and has done a lot for indian cricket but I think that's all for him. His post recovery come back has not been good and lost the spark he used to have. Credit must be given to SLs' brilliance as well they showed character. Being Pakistani I can't dream a trophy in near future but wished Ind should have won the title. Indian fans should not be dishearted as India never lost like Pak who had no clue what was going on around them against Ind and WI, Ind fought at least but simply it was not India's day. better luck next time!

  • BigINDFan on April 7, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Ind played well beyond expectations and to be honest it was Kohli vs SL in the finals. MSD made a blunder by asking Yuvraj to come in at his usual No. 4 in the big final knowing he has been struggling all along. MSD should have sent Raina or promoted himself given that the openers made a very slow start. If India had 160 on the board and they would have given how Kohli was batting SL would have struggled. But SL brought their A game and captaincy and deserved the title for that reason.

  • ARJQ on April 7, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    I am from Pak but dejected the way India lost, they played exceptionally well throughout the tournament and deserved the title. Yuvi is a great player and has done a lot for indian cricket but I think that's all for him. His post recovery come back has not been good and lost the spark he used to have. Credit must be given to SLs' brilliance as well they showed character. Being Pakistani I can't dream a trophy in near future but wished Ind should have won the title. Indian fans should not be dishearted as India never lost like Pak who had no clue what was going on around them against Ind and WI, Ind fought at least but simply it was not India's day. better luck next time!

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Let us credit SL for their excellent bowling in slog overs and their fielding was outstanding, Even Dhoni or Raina would not have scored against that off side Yorkers and electrifying fielding. So stoning Yuvi house shows how mad our fans and highly condemnable India certainly lost to you better team and well played SL

  • swami999 on April 7, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    You all are blaming indian team...but look sri lanka they failed twice in this format & then won what they feel when they lost last two? In 2012 sri lanka not chase down even 130 odd run! Yuvraj has done what the others done. Look NZ,pak,WI,AUS all are shrugged..can't blame on this team.we have to Congt.. sri lanka & in near future India will come back hard.We are learning,it is a process.Dhoni is beliving in process & one day you all will find a professional Indian team.

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    It is disappointing that we were the best team to lift the t20 wc but everything can't go as u want them to be. its has been a long season for team India. now we have to begin fresh, 1st Eng tour, then Aus n finally the 2015wc. and i believe in this team that it has the capacity to do well in upcoming tournaments and so the rest of the true supporters of the game. i wish team India all the best.