IND vs ENG T20 World Cup 2022: England’s opener Alex Hales and Jos Buttler batted vigorously to thrash India by 10 wickets. With this defeat in the semi-finals, India’s journey in the T20 World Cup also ended. Like the league stage, India batted at a slow pace on the batting friendly pitch of the Adelaide Oval. The Indian opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul added just 38 runs in the powerplay of the opening six overs. On the other hand, England’s pair of Hales and Butler scored 63 runs in six overs.
,Indian batsmen batted in a timid manner,
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma
However, before the T20 World Cup, India had adopted an aggressive batting strategy with the first ball. But the pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul slowed down as soon as they reached the stage of the global tournament. This is the reason why the Indian team could not give any competition to England in the semi-finals.
Former Australia cricketer Shane Watson and former English captain Nasser Hussain criticized Team India’s batsmen for their timid style after India’s embarrassing exit from the tournament. Watson told Star Sports, “India took a very timid attitude with the bat. Unfortunately, Rohit and Rahul could not take an aggressive approach against the bowlers in the first six overs. He has the ability to play big shots but you have to take an aggressive approach in T20 cricket.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma
The former Australian all-rounder said, “Hardik was able to take an aggressive approach but India should have been aggressive six to eight overs ago.”
Nasser Hussain was doing commentary during England’s batting. As England captain Buttler hit the winning six, Nasser Hussain said, “India were scared from the start and England trampled them.”
,Rohit-Rahul created pressure on Virat-Surya,
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav performed match by match in the T20 World Cup. Although Rohit and Rahul continued to struggle during this, but on the strength of the superb batting of these Surya-Virat, India reached the semi-finals. But this journey could not go further than this.
Former India selector Sarandeep Singh said, “Unfortunately for India, Rahul and Rohit could not find form in the big matches which put pressure on Virat and Suryakumar. However, these two may not perform well in every match.
,Not feeding Chahal proved to be a big mistake,
Team India’s wrist spinner and T20 specialist Yuzvendra Chahal kept heating the bench throughout the tournament. Especially in the semi-final at the Adelaide Oval, he could have strengthened the team but he did not get a chance. Calling it a big mistake, Sarandeep Singh said, “One of the biggest mistakes of the team was not playing Yuzvendra Chahal in the entire tournament, especially today. You saw how effective England’s wrist spinners were.
Watson was also surprised by India’s decision not to play Chahal as the Adelaide pitch helped Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone in the semi-finals. Watson said, “India did not have a wrist spinner and England had two spinners. They definitely missed out on Chahal. He can control his speed like Rashid did tonight. He has unbelievable skills and he would have done well tonight.”
,It is necessary to exclude senior players from T20,
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli
Sarandeep said that the 2024 T20 World Cup will be played in the continent of America, for which India will have to take some tough decisions as per the plan. The former Indian spinner said, “I don’t think at least half the team members including Rohit, Virat, Ashwin, Shami and Bhuvi will play in the next T20 World Cup. The selectors need to take a decision on this.”
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