It is hardly likely that the talk surrounding India’s humiliating exit from the ICC World Twenty20 will whimper down given that team India has been the defending champions. However, it appears that the Indian coach and the Indian captain are at loggerheads about the real reason for India’s fall out.
The Indian coach Gary Kirsten has incurred the wrath of the BCCI for stating that he felt that the Indian players suffered from a lack of intensity coupled with injury niggles because of having played the IPL 2 in South Africa. It was even suggested that the coach was in favour of keeping away players from next year’s IPL to avoid a similar fiasco as has happened in England.
While some have blamed the internal Dhoni-Sehwag rift,Mahendra Singh Dhoni has publicly stated that form rather than fatigue has been the crucial factor that hindered India from defending their title. He felt that the form of some of the batsmen, including his, have been scratchy at best and therefore, failed to complement the bowlers who did a sterling job in his opinion.
Perhaps Dhoni also needed to clarify the issue on fatigue because the other international cricketers have also participated in the IPL 2 and therefore, it does not explain why they lost so badly. On the contrary, on a couple of occasions, it was felt that India had faltered on strategy rather than anything else and it cost them. Being professional cricketers and ones who earn their millions by playing in the IPL, perhaps Dhoni did not want to tread Gary Kirsten’s line as well.