Pant could potentially get there, but he wasn’t even in the 15 until injury forced shankar out. Jadhav was playing instead of jadeja. Wonder what he would have done today. Lol! In 2011, we had yuvraj, raina and dhoni in the middle order, and sehwag and sachin used to open.
NZ just did their homework of the weaknesses of our top order well. After that India wasn't prepared for a top order collapse. This is why it's important to experiment and fail in the league stage and know your vulnerabilities.
That's what I am saying. Our top order has been so dependable and consistent in league matches, not only now but even in previous world cups. Which is why, I just fail to understand what happens to them in knockouts. You could understand happening this once or twice, may be to one or two players. But all top order failing often and together in knockouts is something not acceptable.
How about Dhoni? What an unlucky way and wrong time to get out. He always bring it up in big game and many don't like his style but he seemed like a fighter who never give up. I was just feeling bad for him that it was probably his last world cup game or may be last oneday.
So sad to see India losing in semis. But, they never prepared for this! All blame should go to selectors, team management and captain. It takes years to build a strong middle order. Rather than leaning on talented players and grooming them by giving consistent opportunities, they keep rotating the middle order before the World Cup. We ended up having 3 wicket keeper batsmen as our core middle order in a knockout match.
We should bring some smart head selectors and coach!
I'm not gonna judge anyone but it was such a simple target from a team that is not necessarily formidable. The idiotic mistakes made by the top order forced the team to pay a hefty price even when there were good chances.