IND vs ENG: Virender Sehwag slams Rohit Sharma to blame bowlers for India’s loss to England in semifinal | ‘Top order in 12 overs…’ Sehwag scolded captain Rohit

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Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag

IND vs ENG: Team India’s T20 World Cup campaign ended in a big disappointment. No one had imagined this. Batting first, England scored 168 for 6 in the semi-final held at the Adelaide Oval. In reply, England’s opening pair of Alex Hales and captain Jos Buttler thrashed India by 10 wickets in just 16 overs.

Sehwag reacts sharply to Rohit’s statement

Virender Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag

This defeat grounded the team which was dreaming of lifting the World Cup trophy. After the tournament ended in a humiliating manner, captain Rohit Sharma blamed it on the team’s bowlers. This statement of his got a lot of opposition on social media. Indian cricket legend and former opener Virender Sehwag was also stunned by this comment of Rohit.

Top order failed to increase run speed

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul

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Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul

Sehwag said that Team India had lost this match in the first 10 overs of their innings. Opener KL Rahul added 5 runs in 5 balls. Rohit Sharma scored 27 runs in 28 balls. Virat Kohli took 40 balls to score 50 runs and failed to increase the run rate in the first 10 overs. After 12 overs on the board, India’s score was 77 for 3 wickets.

Top order batsmen not bowlers beat Sehwag

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli

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Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli

Speaking to Cricbuzz, Sehwag said, “If the top order scores 82 runs (77 runs were scored) after batting 12 overs, then expect the latter batsmen to come and play fearlessly and score 100 runs in 8 overs. Come on, it’s not right. It is true that this ground average total is 150-160 and you made more than that. But when a batsman is ticked on a given day, the average total doesn’t matter. We have seen this happen many times in Wankhede, Feroz Shah Kotla and Chennai. This match could not have been won by scoring 150-160 runs.

India lost in the first 10 overs of their innings – Sehwag

Giving examples in favor of his argument, the former Indian batsman further said, “New Zealand played a particular style in their first match against Australia but could not replicate it in the semi-finals, leaving them out. If India thinks that they have scored a winning score, so it is the fault of the bowlers, then I do not agree with it. We lost this match in the first 10 overs, when our batsman did not give the start as expected.

Captain Rohit blamed the defeat on the bowlers

After losing the match, captain Rohit admitted that we could not handle the pressure of big opportunities. “The way we played today is disappointing. I think we batted well but we failed with the ball. It was certainly not a wicket where this target could be chased in 16 overs. Today we failed to bowl.”

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