T20 World Cup 2021: Team India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun on the eve of India’s last group match against Namibia reckons that the toss and bubble fatigue did play a huge influence on India’s performances in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The outgoing coach further reckons that a small break between the IPL and T20 World Cup 2021 would have gone in India’s favour.
Team India played cricket consistently for six long months starting from India’s tour to England for five test matches followed by the remaining fixture of the IPL 2021 and the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.
“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.
“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.
Arun further opened up upon the fact that toss in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 played a huge role. Team India looked like a different team altogether while batting first and there were different shades when they bowled first. Virat Kohli, unfortunately, lost all flips of the coin except against Scotland.
“Toss played a very, very vital role and I believe in these kind of matches, toss shouldn’t be of any consequence,” he said.
According to him, the toss shouldn’t give any unfair advantage to the team winning it, especially for such important tournaments like T20 World Cups.
“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.
He didn’t press much when asked about the importance of Yuzvendra Chahal in India’s T20I side. The selectors overlooked the seasoned leggie while picking India’s T20I side for the World Cup and that decision seemed to go away from the team.
“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.