T20 World Cup 2022: The Indian cricket team had to face defeat by 10 wickets in the semi-final match against England. With this defeat, the Indian team missed out on winning another trophy. The Indian team has not been able to win the ICC trophy for the last 9 years. After this defeat, Team India is being fiercely criticized everywhere. Meanwhile, former veteran bowler Anil Kumble has given a big statement about Virat Kohli.
Kumble’s big statement about Virat
Batting first, India scored 168 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the T20 World Cup semi-final defeat against England. The biggest contribution in this was Hardik Pandya, who scored 63 runs in 33 balls. At the end of 10 overs, India’s score was only 62 runs. Former India coach Anil Kumble told ESPNcricinfo that Virat Kohli could have been more aggressive against the England spinners. He also said that India needs some batsmen who can bowl a few overs.
The performance of the openers was poor
Opening batsman KL Rahul scored five off five balls and Rohit Sharma scored 27 runs in 28 balls. While Virat Kohli took 40 balls to score a half-century, Suryakumar Yadav, who was the team’s troubleshooter in this World Cup, was dismissed after scoring 14 runs. These four batsmen hit only 10 fours and two sixes in 83 balls. Kumble said, “Full credit should be given to Adil Rashid. He was swinging the ball and it was not that easy to play. In the absence of Mark Wood, England would have expected someone else to raise their hand and in this so much of Liam Livingston. There would have been little hope of bowling overs.” He further said, “In this phase you would expect someone like Virat to dominate. Till the time he was at the crease, only Suriya did it, Hardik also came and took his time. When two spinners were bowling then I had to do something else. Hoping to see more pressure on the boundary or Livingston.”
Rohit’s performance was poor
Rohit’s struggle with the bat continued in this match as well. Despite hitting four fours in the innings, his overall strike rate was less than 100. At the same event, Tom Moody said, “I thought this innings was two different parts. In the first part, India were very defensive and there was no attacking attitude. We all know that the square boundary in Adelaide is short and we ended I saw how easy it was to hit fours on the leg and off side at the end of the innings.And if it had not been for Hardik Pandya’s blazing innings, India would have reached 150, not 160.
On Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, Moody said, “He has looked like many captains at the top of the order in this tournament who have struggled to find the rhythm and timing of their game. We saw this happen with Kane Williamson, with Aaron Finch, with Babar Azam. They are good players, but they haven’t found their rhythm.”
Moody said, “You have to look at the first 10 overs – the number of dot balls played, the fewer boundaries hit, India will look back and think it was a mistake. He also said that the Indian batsmen did not dominate the particular bowlers.” Which gave Liam Livingston and Ben Stokes an opportunity to bowl economical overs.
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