The present T20 world cup, in Bangladesh, has been dominated by some factors which are playing a very vital role in each and every match: Spin and dew!
The spin friendly wickets, which are so abundant in sub continents are, unfortunately, a nightmare for the overseas teams particularly Australia. This Australian team is very much capable of winning each and every tournament but whenever they come to the subcontinent, it seems they have forgotten some weapons back home. Weapons, here, of course are some quality spinners which are so effective under these conditions. They always have to rely much on their batting and pace bowling but some way or the other, it doesn’t suit them.
When England came to India in 2012 for a 4 test match series, they not only gave a tough fight but also unexpectedly won the historic test series. They relied on their front line spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar who significantly exposed the Indian batting line up to spinning tracks. Such spinners are required if a team wants to give a tough fight to teams like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who have some world class quality spinners.
Indian team always becomes the team to beat under these conditions. They have not only two but three frontline spinners in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and, the dazzling, Amit Mishra. They bowl together 12 overs and tend to take the game away from any team. Pakistan and Sri Lanka also have two spinners each, who work their way out to puzzle the batsmen.
This is the reason why the cricket experts predict the three top teams to be India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as automatic choices for the semi-final berths. This makes the world cup a bit one-sided and takes away the thrill and hype of a T20 game. Good teams also look worse under these conditions and this is a bit of a concern.
The dew factor is playing a vital part in each and every match as the tournament is progressing. This explains why teams are more interested in bowling first in day-night games to take advantage of the dew factor in the 2nd innings and this has been more or less a perfect decision, barring couple of close games.
In the three matches played so far, MS Dhoni has, luckily, always won the toss and chose to bowl first. His bowlers have really showed skill and discipline in their line and lengths and after a long time it seems that the Indian team has started winning games banking on their bowlers only. But it’s difficult to tell whether this will continue in the upcoming world cup in Australia.
Due to heavy dew on the fields, fielders are dropping many catches and unfortunately their confidence is also diminishing. Critics sometimes criticize the fielders for such fielding but I think it’s the environment due to which all this is happening. Never have we seen, in a world cup, that so many catches are going down. Sarcastically, I always think if Steve Waugh had been playing in this tournament, how many times he would have told his iconic line, “You have dropped the World Cup.”
So this tournament has been very unique than the other editions of World T20 and everyone hopes that the best team wins the trophy.