Over 66% Fans Feel Flawed Team Selection Led To Asia Cup Disaster: Survey

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More than 66 percent of fans believe poor team selection was one of the main reasons behind India’s recent Asia Cup debacle, according to a survey by popular daily Malayala Manorama. The newspaper had conducted an online poll about the Dubai debacle, 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 the fans to analyze India’s bad show. When asked about the main reason for India’s dismal show in the continental tournament, 66.91 per cent thought it was a “weak team selection”, while 26.37 per cent blamed it on too much confidence.

A small percentage (3.79) attributed the disaster to excessive cricket, while 2.93 per cent cited age as the reason.

Another question was what aspect of batting didn’t click and it was almost a tie between those who attributed it to failure of batting all-rounders (33.09%) and ODI style batsmanship (31.14%).

The question about bowling saw 34.68 percent blame death overs, while flawed bowling changes were motivated by 40.05 percent.

About 45.30 percent felt that Dinesh Karthik was not being used well during the tournament, while nearly 19 percent (18.80) wanted better use of Ravichandran Ashwin’s services.

When it came to the player who was missed the most, Jasprit Bumrah took the maximum percentage (43.59) but Sanju Samson of Kerala was close behind with 42.49 percent.

According to the survey, “A majority of respondents believed that if Bumrah and Sanju were part of the team, India’s fate in the Asian Cup would have changed.

“Bumrah’s absence was felt while bowling in the death overs. Sanju, with his aggressive cricket style, would have kept the scoring percentage in the middle overs,” many fans commented.

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“What the team needs is a real T20 batsmen like Sanju,” they said.

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