Adelaide. Crores of Indian cricket fans around the world are disappointed after the humiliating 10-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the T20 World Cup semi-final. The performance of senior players like captain Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik was disappointing this tournament. After 11 years, the dream of winning the ICC title was also shattered by England by defeating them. target of 169
In response, the opening pair of England’s Butler and Alex Hales thrashed the Indian bowlers fiercely. By doing around the field, the spirits were crushed. Buttler scored an unbeaten 80 off 49 balls with the help of nine fours and three sixes and Alex Hales scored an unbeaten 86 off 47 balls. There was no bet for the Indian team today. After the poor performance of the batsmen, the bowlers also disappointed. Virat Kohli scored 50 runs in 40 balls for India but Hardik Pandya played the charm innings. Playing the role of finisher, he scored 63 runs in 33 balls to take the team to a respectable score of 168 runs. Captain Rohit Sharma’s 3 decisions weighed heavily on the Indian team and India had to face a humiliating defeat. Let’s take a look at these decisions.
1. Not giving enough chances to Arshdeep in the power play
In the semi-final match against England, the captaincy of Rohit Sharma looked quite ordinary. The bowling attack from the Indian team was started as usual by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvi was targeted by the England openers and scored runs fiercely. Bhuvi proved to be very expensive in the power play. He spent 25 runs in 2 overs. Captain Rohit Sharma bowled an over from Arshdeep Singh in the power play, in which he gave 8 runs. Arshdeep also put Butler in some trouble. The unfortunate thing was that Rohit Sharma did not bowl to Arshdeep again in the power play. Captain Rohit’s decision proved to be very costly for India.
2. Betting on Axar Patel was heavy
Captain Rohit Sharma’s decision to feed Akshar Patel, who was continuously flopping in the semi-finals, was very heavy on Team India. The all-rounder could not leave his mark during the entire tournament. Neither he was able to show excellence in batting nor was his bowling effective. In the semi-final match against England, Axar Patel conceded 30 runs in 4 overs and got no success. He played 5 matches and was able to take only 3 wickets in his name. Many veterans were surprised by the decision not to feed Chahal. England spinners Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone got a lot of help on the Adelaide pitch. India also had wrist spinner Chahal but captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid preferred Axar Patel. Match winner Yuvendra Chahal continued to grace the bench throughout the tournament. In today’s match, two spinners were played for England. Certainly there was a mistake with Chahal, which had to bear the brunt.
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3. Use of Defensive Fielding
In the second innings of the match, when the Indian team came to the field to bowl, the players were not seen in color from the beginning. Captain Rohit Sharma did not use aggressive fielding. Rohit Sharma’s effort was to save runs but there was aggression in him. Rohit could not fill the enthusiasm in the team through his captaincy. His unmotivated captaincy became a major reason for the defeat. Had the Indian team shown even a little bit of aggression, the outcome of the match could have been different. In contrast, England’s bowlers and batsmen attacked from the very beginning and won the match.
Tags: India vs England, Rohit Sharma, T20 World Cup 2022, Yuzvendra Chahal
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 10, 2022, 22:41 IST