Against all odds, Dhoni & Co turned things around brilliantly to win the Champions Trophy. Hats off to India the way they handled the tough situations after losing the toss. There is no doubt that the Indians played like champions from the word go.
Though the rain played spoilsport, I believe both the teams India and England deserve equal honours. Had it been played full overs, it would have been a terrific day’s cricket. But then in England the weather is so unpredictable that one would encounter sunshine, rain and cloudy atmosphere within a span of one hour.
However, at most venues in England the drainage system and the covers are so good that the match starts the moment it stops raining. Edgbaston is one such venue where the entire ground is covered within five minutes and mind you there is no seepage. That allows the paying spectators to watch the game and get their money’s worth though there are interruptions due to the inclement weather.
In a delayed match due to rain, the team that wins the toss starts with an advantage, as the moisture in the wicket due to the sweating under the covers helps the new ball bowlers to wobble the red cherry around a bit. As such the batsmen have to be more circumspect in the initial overs and if it is a T20 game, it becomes difficult to recover.
With intermittent rain, the Indian batsmen had to go in and come out of the dressing room many a time and when that happens, the batsman has to get his concentration and rhythm back which again consumes at least a few deliveries. To their credit, the Indians in the end had done reasonably well to set up a decent target.
However, I liked the way the Indian bowlers and fielders fought it out as they gave more than 100% that put a lot of pressure on English batsmen as they lost wickets at regular interval. I believe the Indians held their nerves better than the hosts. Well played, India!
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