World T20: India Got Basics Wrong in Semifinal, Says Shane Warne

India got their basics wrong in Thursday’s high-scoring World T20 semifinal against the West Indies, according to Australian spin legend Shane Warne. “I backed India for the title before the tournament, but on Thursday they did not do their basics right. The couple of no-balls and the dew cost them dearly,” said Warne at a ‘Monarch Cruise’ function here on Friday.

India scored 192/2, their second-highest ever score in the tournament history but were flattened by West Indies opener Lendl Simmons’ unbeaten 82, after being caught twice off no-balls bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya. West Indies won the match by seven wickets with two balls to spare.

“Virat Kohli did so well yesterday. He’s the best T20 player at No. 3 for me,” said Warne, about Kohli’s unbeaten 89 which laid the foundation for India’s big score.

“I thought 192 was a good score, but in 20-20 anything can happen. When Chris Gayle was out (cheaply), I thought India will win. But credit to the West Indies and now I look forward to the final against England (April 3 in Kolkata).

“I will have to look at the wicket and conditions in Kolkata before commenting,” said Warne, when asked who was the favourite for the title.

Warne said he was not a man to say no to any proposition such as coaching the Indian team but presently his plate was full as a TV broadcaster and professional poker player.

“I never said no to anything and India is a very talented team. But there are very few free days left in the year (because of his various commitments). If you are not 100 per cent you should not say yes (to any proposition). If any opportunity comes about down the line I will think about it,” he added.

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