Home > Features >

Australia’s dejecting performance in ICC World T20 2014 again proves T20’s unpredictability

George Bailey and co. will have to put this disappointing tournament behind them and move on © Getty Images
George Bailey and co. will have to put this disappointing tournament behind them and move on © Getty Images

Australia suffered a humiliating 73-run loss to India in their inconsequential ICC World T20 2014 match at Dhaka on Sunday. They have lost as many as three matches on the trot and are out of contention for the semi-final round. Devarchit Varma opines while Australia did not play to their potential in the clash against India, the losses in earlier matches proved the T20 format’s unpredictability.

In the 2012 edition of the ICC World T20 held in Sri Lanka, Team India failed to advance to the next round after suffering mere one loss — to Australia in a Round Robin match. India had won four out of five matches, but that one defeat to Australia spoiled all their chances of making it to the next round of the tournament. This instance was the first when the cricketing world witnessed how cruel the unpredictability of the shortest version of the format could be.

Australia’s defeat to the West Indies in the Group 1 encounter of the ICC World T20 2014 did somewhat similar to them. The heart-breaking loss dashed their hopes of qualifying for the semi-final round. The high-flying Australians surprisingly lost all their matches in the tournament so far, and their chances to advance to the next round are over.

Only two teams from each group can qualify for the semi-finals and with India becoming the first team to do so in this World Cup, the situation gets tougher for all other sides in this group. Pakistan registered a thumping win over Bangladesh in the first match on Sunday, and their tie against the West Indies would determine which team is going to qualify as the second team from Group 1.

Australia came into the ICC World T20 2014 as one of the red-hot favourites to go all the way this time around. They not only had the squad which could make that happen, but most importantly, the winning momentum they had was certainly a huge benefit in their favour. The experience of playing in Indian conditions was enough with the likes of Shane Watson, David Warner, James Faulkner, Brad Hodge and many others being in their ranks, and the able leadership of George Bailey was capable of adding that elusive trophy which isn’t there in their cabinet.

Australia were coming off from T20 series wins over strong outfits like England and South Africa, but the cruel format of the game once again showed no team enjoys any kind of benefit if they do no play up to their potential in every single match. While Australia’s close losses to Pakistan and the West Indies were enough to ring the warning bells, the performance against India was nothing less than shambolic.

T20 cricket is all about slam-bang hitting and some good bowling, and the uncertainty that is associated with it makes it even more interesting. Look at India; they have won four matches on the trot. They were coming off from string of losses and the off-field controversies were powerful enough to distract some of its best players. But they have got their act together and are the only side to have not lost a game so far.

The exit from this World Cup should not prompt any changes in the Australian side. Bailey is still the best man to lead them in the shortest format. The batting and bowling departments too are in good health, only thing that they need to do is to take this in their stride and move ahead. There is one more game left in this tournament for them, an inconsequential clash against hosts Bangladesh. All they can do is play for pride and register one consolatory win on this trip.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

ICC World T20 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s double ton puts Pakistan on top against Australia at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

ICC World Cup 2015: New Zealand prime minister urges Indian fans to attend the tournament

Mohammad Yousuf: Muttiah Muralitharan would not have been allowed to bowl under current ICC rules

Mohammad Azharuddin’s son included in UP One-Day squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here