Other teams have caught up with us, says Kirsten

“The team hasn’t performed well in Twenty20 cricket. We’ve played well in Test cricket and one-dayers but we haven’t fired as a Twenty20 side. It’s been quite interesting after doing so well in the 2007 World Cup,” Kirsten said.
Defending champions India lost both their Super Eight matches against the West Indies and England to crash out the World Twenty20 Championship.
“What’s happened is that everyone was new to T20 cricket internationally in 2007 and India just had a young and very explosive team and everyone was finding their feet. What’s happened now is that other teams have got clever, they’ve worked out what they need to do and we’ve been matched in all departments,” he detailed.
The former South African opener admitted there were some loose ends in India’s T20 set-up.
“There are definite holes in our Twenty20 set-up which we are exploring and finding our feet. We’ve got a lot of skill but we made mistakes and never played particularly well throughout this tournament.”
He also termed fatigue, which skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni a couple of days ago ruled out as a reason, as a factor behind India’s poor showing.
“The other factor we have to take into account is that we have a fair amount of players who are not in the greatest of form at the moment. We also had players who were carrying niggles. We performed well below our potential and we got to take the rap for that.”

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