Millions of Indian cricket fans were heartbroken on Thursday when they watched India lose badly to England in the semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup played in Adelaide. The Indian team lacked aggression, pace and passion to win in comparison to the English players and their performance, especially the performance of the bowlers and fielders, was pathetic. In this way, the journey of the Indian team in the T20 World Cup ended in a shameful manner. This crushing defeat to India at the hands of the England team, cricket fans will not be able to remove it from their mind for a long time.
The slow start of Indian batting can be gauged from the fact that only 62 runs could be scored in the first 10 overs. Virat Kohli’s half-century and Hardik Pandya’s quick 63 runs helped the Indian team somehow reach the score of 168 runs. The score of 168 for 6 in 20 overs was a fighting score. Generally, it is not so easy for any team to chase it in a high pressure match, but the Indian bowlers proved to be ineffective.
He could not manage to take a single England wicket. The most embarrassing thing was that England scored 170 runs needed for victory without losing a wicket in just 16 overs and reached the final. Where he has to compete with Pakistan. During England’s innings, Team India’s medium fast bowler or spinner, everyone was beaten up fiercely. England openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales hit 10 sixes and 13 fours. That is, 112 runs were scored from the boundary itself. Which shows how poor the performance of our bowlers was.
Indian team captain Rohit Sharma looked very disappointed after losing such an important match. He admitted that ‘our bowling was not up to the mark. It was certainly not a wicket on which any team could come easily to win in 16 overs. We couldn’t turn the ball today. When it comes to the knockout stage, it all depends on handling the pressure. You can’t teach every player to handle pressure. When these players play IPL then those matches are high pressure and these players are able to handle the pressure.
It cannot be denied that the Indian players had trouble adapting to Australian conditions in the early summer and their performances during the power play were also poor. On the other hand, the English players have had consistent experience playing on Australian pitches as they were playing in the Australian Big Bash League. Thus due to the experience and determination of the English players, they dominated our team in the semi-final match.
Losing and winning is a part of the game, but the way England beat Team India is a shame. It can also be called shameful because Team India surrendered before the attack of the English batsmen. The way the English openers razed the Indian bowling, made him think whether it was a World Cup semi-final or a ‘mohalla match’!
Barring Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, the rest of the players lacked enthusiasm and aggression. It seemed that they were not even trying to win such an important match. Jos Buttler played his mind game and Rohit Sharma was helpless. The Indian captain could not understand what to do and what not to do.
Rohit Sharma commented that it was a ‘high pressure game’ and his team could not handle the pressure. It makes us think: If this is our best team which can’t handle the pressure, then is our team not ready to play such big tournaments right now? If you can handle it, why couldn’t the rest of the players do it? Will there be talk of changing the captain again? Will the coach be questioned again: Whatever it is, Team India has disappointed millions of its fans. (Rajat Sharma)
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