The World T20 2016 has come to the business end of the proceedings. We have seen many things that has surprised cricket fans and critics.
Here are the five key talking points of the match that hit the dine and took social media by surprise.
Toss has made the difference
Probably it is the first where a Toss has been playing an important role in T20 tournament. In T20 cricket, the dew and batting second or bowling first don’t usually make any huge difference, but in this T20, it is observed that a team who has won the toss has usually gone on to win matches. In the last 13 matches, it is seen that a team who have won the won the toss have won the match on 11 occasions and remaining two – Afghanistan lost to England and Bangladesh lost to India in the last ball thriller even after winning the toss.
Batsmen have disappointed
The World T20 2016 has surprised, as before the start of the tournament there was a hope that this World T20 will be flooded by runs and batting records, but it seems that bowlers have adapted to the format as only four two hundred plus score have been scored and other matches have oscillated between struggling batsmen and brilliance of spinners.
Spinners ruling the proceedings:
It was expected that spinners will play a key role in the tournament as the games were being played in India. But, it was not expected that spinners predominantly will have final say over the outcome of most matches. In the list of top 10 wicketkeepers in this World T20 six of the bowlers are spinners. Black Caps spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi are two most economical bowlers in this World T20. They bowled with surreal economy rates of 5.83 and 4.75 respectively. With the tournament reach its last stage, the fag end of the domestic season spinners are likely to dominate the proceedings in the semifinal and final also.
India looks hapless on doctored pitches:
India, the host, who are tagged as the favourite of this World T20 have so far miserably surrendered to spinners in all three games on pitches that have helped spinner to get a square turn. Their willingness and failure to play on a dusty surface baffled everyone considering that they have defeated South Africa on these wickets. Now we have to wait and see whether the approach continues as we march into the business end of the tournament.
Spearheads of the bowling department were benched:
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the opening match of this World T20 took a brave decision resting two key pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult and replaced the with three spinners – Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Nathan McCullum – which baffled everyone, but when New Zealand came to defend the low total 127 it was proved a masterstroke.
It is horses for course policy. The result is visible as New Zealand have won all the three matches and qualified for semifinal for the second time. South Africa have benched Dale Steyn as he was battered by England batsmen in the famous Wankhede match.