India lost another knockout game in the World Championship on November 10. In the second semifinal against England in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022, the 2007 winners lost by 10 wickets and had four overs to spare. After the game, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar expressed his displeasure over India’s bowling. He went on to say that India didn’t deserve to be in the final as their bowling was exposed badly.
Notably, Akhtar was the one who predicted that the Men In Blue will lose if they bat first. The right-arm pacer had also said that the Three Lions will win easily. Meanwhile, the 47-year-old raised questions such as India not having an express pacer and why didn’t they play with leg-spinner Yuvendra Chahal. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ also called Indian team selection as confusing
“It’s a very embarrassing loss for India. They played terribly and they deserved to lose and didn’t deserve to qualify for the finals. India were beaten very badly. Their bowling was exposed very badly. These conditions are helpful for fast bowling, and India don’t have an express pacer. I am not sure why they didn’t play Chahal in a single match. It’s a confusing team selection for India,” Akhtar was quoted as saying in his video.
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The 47-Test veteran added that India’s body language after bowling in the powerplay was dull and didn’t show any fight. He insisted that all-rounder Hardik Pandya can lead the team in the shorter format of the game.
“It was a really bad day for India as their heads went down after they lost the toss. When England batted their first five overs, the Indians raised their hands. At least, India should have tried to fight, come round the wicket and bowl bouncers. They showed no aggression whatsoever,” he stated. “There is a lot to think about for Indian cricket. Hardik Pandya is an emerging captain for New Zealand and he has a chance of being permanent,” Akhtar added.