My facebook status right after the toss was, "India, I think its a mistake chasing".
No matter how good one is at chasing, I believe in crunch games, chasing can be very very hard. Even if the total is not that big; the pressure is just too much for the batsmen.
Besides the call at the toss, I think Dhoni and the team management made a couple of other big mistakes as well.
Firstly the fact that Pragyan Ojha did not play. Why did they drop one of their best bowlers?
To be fair, Harbajhan and Jadeja did a brilliant job with the ball; but surely in a do-or-die game you just have to take your best players in!
Secondly, and not for the first time, India got their batting order all wrong.
So far Dhoni had made the mistake of coming out at number 3 himself. When I understood that the strategy was Dhoni at 3 for Gambhir, and Raina at 3 for Rohit, it made sense to me.
A dasher and an accumulator in the middle always makes sense; it was unfortunate that Dhoni was out of form.
Considering that, it made no sense at all to send Jadeja in at 4 tonight, especially since the wickets to fall were Rohit and Raina.
With Gambhir and Jadeja in the middle, India had 2 accumulators in the middle - what happened to the strategy!?
Moreover, did the team management not watch the IPL? Jadeja batted well alright, but always too slow for the team's liking, leading to a number of failed run chases for the Rajasthan Royals.
Surely Yuvraj should have walked out when Raina fell.
And then when Jadeja finally holed out, in walked Dhoni!
Alright so the captain wanted to take responsibility; but given the form he has been in thus far, and the significantly high asking rate at the time, I believe Yusuf Pathan should have walked out.
But, credit where credit is due, England did hit the Indians where it hits hard - the short stuff.
England would have seen how the West Indian bowlers had handled the powerful Indian top order; they applied the same plan and the Indians, yet again, were found wanting.
The result - India, the defending champions, out of the ICC World Twenty20!
At the end, the difference was ONLY 3 runs!
Are you going to tell me that India would not have done it had Yuvraj walked out at 4, and/or YP before Dhoni?
Yeah I thought so.