Adelaide: Team India has been knocked out of the 2022 World T20 after reaching the semi-finals. Let that sink in. A star-studded Indian team failed miserably against the English players as they lost 10 wickets. This is their worst ever defeat in a World T20 at this stage. Well, let that sink in.
It was a strategic disaster that India displayed at the Adelaide Oval with all its units losing to their English counterparts. Anything that could go wrong for India went wrong and they suffered a massive defeat in the semi-final of the World T20.
Indian openers – big deal
All through the tournament, it was clear to all that the Indian openers were falling short of the mark. They are not even close to what a team like India would require at this stage. The situation is made worse by the fact that they are both in leadership positions. Vice-captain KL Rahul departed for just 5 runs in the second innings, while skipper Rohit Sharma Sharma followed him back to the dressing room with 27 runs.
Falling middle order
Virat Kohli has been back in form for the past few months, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to win every game on his own. In the very first match against Pakistan, when the openers went cheap, Kohli came to the rescue. And even today Kohli played and collected 50 runs but obviously those were not enough.
Confusion in Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik
In a competition of this level, India were not sure who was the best wicketkeeper for them. They changed goalkeepers in the middle of the tournament, and none of them could show results. Dinesh Karthik played in the first four matches while Rishabh Pant was called up for the semi-final. This obviously backfired on them and none of them could become a dominant player.
Indian bowlers need strict class
In today’s match against England, it is crystal clear that India really need to work on their batting. Sharma must have missed Jasprit Bumrah a lot today. All the bowlers failed today and failed to take a single wicket. Mohammad Shami, who was brought in to replace Bumrah, proved to be the costliest bowler conceding 39 runs.
2021 World T20 replay
In the previous edition of the tournament, India returned home from the Super 12 stage itself. India suffered a similar 10-wicket defeat in that series and it was against arch-rivals Pakistan. India had to learn, and it seems, not much really.