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A survey by popular daily Malayala Manorama reveals that over 66 per cent of fans felt that poor team selection was one of the primary reasons behind India’s recent Asia Cup defeat. The newspaper did an online survey on India’s debacle in Dubai where they failed to reach the final after losing to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4 stage. The media organization prepared a questionnaire for fans to analyze India’s poor performance. When asked about the main reason for India’s dismal performance in the continental tournament, 66.91 per cent attributed it to “faulty team selection”, while 26.37 per cent attributed it to over-confidence.
A small percentage (3.79) attributed the disaster to excessive cricket while 2.93 percent attributed the cause to older age.
Another question was which aspect of the batting didn’t click and it was almost a tie between those who attributed it to the failure of batting all-rounders (33.09%) and ODI style batting (31.14%).
The bowling in question saw 34.68 per cent being blamed on the death overs, while flawed bowling changes were made by 40.05 per cent.
Around 45.30 per cent felt that Dinesh Karthik was not used properly during the tournament, while around 19 per cent (18.80) wanted to make better use of Ravichandran Ashwin’s services.
When it came to the player who missed the most, Jasprit Bumrah voted in the highest percentage (43.59) but Sanju Samson of Kerala was close to the heels with 42.49 per cent.
According to the survey, “Most of the respondents felt that if Bumrah and Sanju were part of the team, India’s fortunes in the Asia Cup would have changed.
Several fans said, “Bumrah’s absence was felt while bowling in the death overs. Sanju, with his aggressive cricket, would have maintained the scoring rate in the middle overs.”
“The team needs a proper T20 batsman like Sanju,” he added.
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