could have won all the three games had they shown better resolve under pressure as the two matches that they did lose were close encounters © Getty Images
Scotland could have won all the three games had they shown better resolve under pressure as the two matches that they lost were close encounters © Getty Images

Scotland had mixed results in T20 World Cup 2016. Though they did not succeed in qualifying for the main round, they did win one of their three matches in the qualifiers. They could have won all the three games had they shown better resolve under pressure as the two matches that they did lose were close encounters. It was believed that the Scottish team were maybe playing for pride but they could not catapult this feeling in the direction they had intended. They had similar goals and dreams like the other seven teams playing the qualifiers. Afghanistan and Bangladesh realised those inceptions. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2016, Final at Kolkata

Scotland lost their first match played against Afghanistan by 14 runs. Chasing a target of 171, Scotland fell short by 14 runs in equalising the opposition’s score. In their second fixture, this time against Zimbabwe, they came even closer and lost the game by just 11 runs. However, they did end the tournament on a positive note by winning their third and final match. Playing against Hong Kong, Scotland won the game by 8 wickets and with 12 balls remaining as per the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. Scotland team in ICC T20 World Cup 2016, Preview: Aspiring to beat qualifiers

There are a few takeaways for Scotland. Firstly, they need to learn to play good cricket in crunch situations. They need to hold on to their nerves in the death overs. Scotland can get mastery over this through practice, and through more and more international experience like the World T20. There is a huge list of batsmen such as Steve Waugh, from whom Scotland can learn as they were simply amazing when they played in pressure situations.

Scotland do not have cricketers possessing such skills but they can certainly aspire coming close to them. Kyle Coetzer and Peter Mommsen were their stars in the batting department whereas Mark Watt was their most successful bowler. Scotland did not play to their full potential; they could have won against Zimbabwe at least if not Afghanistan.

Scotland have beaten a tough team like Bangladesh in the past. In their match against Hong Kong, some experts believed that the Asian team will give a good fight to Scotland. The Scots proved them wrong by winning the match convincingly. However, Scotland need to play better during the climax of a T20I and when chips are down. This is the important caveat for them going into future T20I and ODI tournaments. They are currently at 13th spot in ICC’s rankings for one-dayers. By toiling hard in boot camp, they can certainly rise in the rankings and jump ahead of teams like Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland.

(Bhaskar Narayan is a reporter at CricketCountry and Criclife. He passionately follows the game and is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. His Twitter handle is @Cricopathy)