The loss to India has been unpacked time and time again the past week. In brief, the team seemed much more tense than usual. I previously said that the team which found their rhythm the fastest would dictate the tempo of the game and on the day this was certainly India. They embraced the occasion and thrived in the pressure.
Fortunately, the nature of the round robin format ensures that teams can absorb losses and still progress to the knock-out rounds. It allows for teams to evolve over the six week period and ultimately rewards those that can generate momentum, find consistency and peak in the final three weeks.
I commented earlier how it is always challenging to look for and take components of optimism and encouragement from a loss and especially one in a major tournament. The emotion post the disappointment needs to be acknowledged and perspective sought. The team clearly followed this process and took heed of the lessons of the MCG and the result was a resounding, clinical and comprehensive victory against an overwhelmed West Indies outfit that walked into a perfect storm.