`End finger-pointing, accept loss, move on`: Patil
Sandeep Patil, the 1983 World Cup, India’s former coach and chief selector has called for an end to finger pointing and will allow Rohit Sharma & Co to rest and set their sights on the next ICC event – Cup the World T20 in America next June. Australia beat the two-time ODI world champions in the final at Motera, Ahmedabad, on Sunday night. “In a tournament as long as this one, every team can have an off day. I was hoping that didn’t come in the final, but it did. We have to give it to Australia instead of getting involved in blame games,” Patil said mid-day on Monday.
“The Indian team could not match the Australians. Let’s accept that as part of the sport and move on. India won 10 matches in a row playing some good cricket. Remember, they lost in a country that won their sixth ODI World Cup. The next nation after them is India, who have won two with the West Indies boasting the same number. I give full credit to Pat Cummins. Making that decision is one thing. It is doubly credible to go out and ensure that the team executes all those plans with tight and sharp bowling. They played brilliantly and that’s why they have six ODI World Cups in their cabinet,” said Patil, who coached Kenya during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, where they were beaten by India in the semi-finals.
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“India’s performance before Sunday was fantastic. Ten wins on the trot is no laughing matter. I tip my hat to Rohit, coach Rahul Dravid and chief selector Ajit Agarkar. They got along and worked well as a team. Rohit is being accused of giving way to him after a start. But that’s how he played during the tournament, providing a launching pad for the other batters in the sideline. He had clicked in the previous 10 games, just not on Sunday. Good luck. Don’t torture this fine batsman and captain for this [one loss],” said Patil.
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