Bowling coach Bharat Arun believes that a “little pause” between the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the T20 World Cup would have helped Indian players. Despite their net run rate becoming the best in their group after an eight-wicket win over Scotland on Friday, India is on the verge of being ruled out of contention for the competition’s semi-finals after losses in their first two games.

“It would have been perfect if there had been a little gap between the IPL and the T20 World Cup. I’m not going to make any excuses. These players have been on the road for the past six months, and it’s never easy in the bubble world,”Arun stated.

The asymmetrical advantage that teams batting second tended to have also had an impact, according to Arun. India won the toss for the first time on Friday, but lost by 10 wickets and eight wickets in their first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand, respectively.

“I’m not trying to make excuses, but in this World Cup, the team that wins the coin toss has a significant edge, especially while playing in Dubai. It is no excuse if the wicket eases out when you bowl the second time; we should have done better, batted better. We had a chance to protect our total in the first game, but we looked a little off, “Arun stated.

If Afghanistan loses to Zimbabwe on Sunday, Arun and head coach Ravi Shastri’s final Super 12 game with India will be against Namibia on Monday.

“I believe it has been a fantastic and memorable experience for me; there have been ups and downs, but I believe the team is in a much better situation than when we began. The highest point would be the type of bowling we have; we worked hard as a team to attain success overseas, and we went about achieving that. Two consecutive series victories in Australia would be the pinnacle “he stated