Dubai: India’s outgoing bowling coach Bharat Arun on Sunday admit that toss and bubble fatigue were the primary factors behind Indian cricket team’s ordinary performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021, where they were outplayed by Pakistan and New Zealand in the Super 12 stage. Team India has been knocked out of the T20 showpiece event after New Zealand’s comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan on Sunday. Asked if the absence of a break between IPL and T20 World Cup became a factor in the underwhelming show, Arun responded in a clear-cut fashion. The IPL ended on October 15, and India’s World Cup campaign began on October 24.
India’s T20 World Cup campaign has been a damp squib, and there are quite a few factors behind the insipid performance. “Being on the road for six months is a huge ask. Players haven’t gone home and I think they had a short break after the last IPL got suspended (in May),” Arun said on the eve of India’s final Super 12 game against Namibia on Monday.
“They have been in a bubble for six months and that takes a huge toll, so specific to your question, may be a short break between IPL and World Cup could have done a lot of good for these boys,” he added.
However, he was pretty annoyed that in a tournament of this stature, toss played such a crucial role, as India, while batting first, looked a different outfit compared to the opposition, who were helped in shot-making because of the dew-laden surface.
“Toss played a very, very vital role and I believe in these kind of matches, toss shouldn’t be of any consequence,” he said.
“Here toss gives unfair advantage and there is a huge change in batting in the first innings and batting in the second innings. That shouldn’t be the case in a short format like this,” he said.
When asked whether leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s absence hurt the team, Arun was not forthcoming. “I wouldn’t like to dwell too much on that and that is for the selectors to decide. We can only play with the team given (to us),” he replied.
India skipper Virat Kohli has also touched on the subject of bubble fatigue but has also admitted that the side, which was tipped as a title favourite, wasn’t “brave” enough in any aspect of the game during the showdowns against New Zealand and Pakistan.