Why India lost its World T20 opener against New Zealand?

India-New-zealandIndia is the host of 20-20 world cup, 2016, but seeing it defeated by New Zealand in the very first opening match was really very shocking.

India is the winner of Asian cup and was seen as the title favorites. But it got defeated by New Zealand by 47 runs in the very first opener match held on 15th March, 2016 in Nagpur.

It was MS Dhoni who left with the only hope in the end after all the top batsman got bowled very early, but after he got bowled, the Indian fans were also seen leaving their seats in the stadium. No doubt, Kiwis played in well-disciplined manner; the following four factors are being looked upon that led to India losing the match.

Few of the reasons being counted for the defeat of India are:

  1. Super Fielding by New Zealand:
    New Zealand showed an excellent work in terms of fielding and bowling and did not miss a chance to catch the opposition. Nathan McCullum’s took a brilliant catch of MS Dhoni on long on, and Ish Sodhi’s took another smart catch of Yuvraj Singh. Another good catch taken was of Virat Kohli, and they did not give a chance in favor of India. They were exceptional on the fields.
  1. Fell in the traps laid by Kiwi Spinners
    Instead of using fast bowlers further when they failed, the New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson’s decided to use the spinners to create havoc on the Indian sides. The top Indian players like, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, played faulty techniques and got bowled making very low scores. Here’s the score:Shikhar Dhawan – 1 run
    Suresh Raina – 1 run
    Rohit Sharma – 5 runs
    Virat Kohli – 23 runs
    MS Dhoni – 30 runs
    Yuvraj Singh – 4 runs
    Ravindra Jadeja – 0 runs

    The three spinners decision was worth the risk taken by the captain:

    Nathan McCullum – Took 2 wickets in overs
    Mitchell Santner –Took 4 wickets in 4 overs
    Ish Sodhi – Took 3 wickets in 4 overs

  1. Ish Sodhi, the India-born-New Zealand cricketer
    Another x-factor in New Zealand team is, Ish Sodhi who is born to Indian parents in Ludhiana, Punjab. He bowled exceptionally so well that many world class cricketers, Viral Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni had no chance but bowled. Before match, this bower was being underestimated but he showed his power in the match.


Few of the tweets, after the match:

Full marks to #NZ though, for taking some bold decisions going in to this match, and backing them up masterly #INDvNZ #WT20— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) 15 March 2016
Well played NZ, great bowling display! India needs to come back stronger for the all-important Pakistan game next. #IndvsNZ #AKLive — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) 15 March 2016

Had Ind won N’pur T20 wud any1’ve raised hue & cry abt pitch?!Let’s grow up guys & give full credit 2 Kiwis fr their tremendous grit..!!!

— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) 15 March 2016

Losing is okay. Losing by 47 runs is not okay. #WT20 #Super10 — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 15 March 2016

India has time & again come back from difficult situations. This loss is a good wake up call, expect them to bounce back stronger. #WT20 — Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) 15 March 2016


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