A dejected Rohit Sharma after India’s loss.© AFP
India’s dream of winning the 2022 T20 World Cup was crushed in spectacular fashion by England on Thursday. After India set a 169-run target, England openers Alex hales (86*) and Jos Buttler (80*) guided the team to a 10-wicket win in just 16 overs. This loss means that India’s wait for a ICC title got extended by a year. India last won an ICC title in 2013. On Thursday, Indian openers Rohit and KL Rahul could not fire as expected. However, some rearguard action by Hardik Pandya (63*) and Virat Kohli (50) took India to a fighting total. But, Indian bowlers and fielders had a poor day as England openers made merry.
After the loss, India skipper Rohit Sharma pointed out the reasons behind the loss.
“It’s pretty disappointing how we turned up today. I thought we still batted pretty well at the back end to get to that score, but we were not good enough with the ball. It was definitely not a wicket where a team can come and chase it down in 16 overs. With the ball we didn’t turn up today,” Rohit Sharma said after the loss.
“When it comes to knockout stages, it’s all about handling the pressure. Depends on the individual as well. You can’t teach anyone to handle pressure. When these guys play the playoffs in the IPL and all that, those are high-pressure games, and they’re able to handle it. The way we started with the ball was not ideal. We were a little nervy, but you have to give credit to the openers as well. They played really well.
“When Bhuvi bowled the first over it swung today, but not from the right areas. We wanted to keep it tight, not give room, because square of the wicket was an area we were aware of – that’s where the runs came today. If we keep it tight and the batsman still score runs, we’ll take it. But we didn’t do that today. In the game against Bangladesh it was tricky as well, but I thought we held our nerve that day, executed well.”
Brief Scores: India: 168 for 6 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 63, Virat Kohli 50; Chris Jordan 3/43, Adil Rashid 1/20). England: 170 for no loss in 16 overs (Alex Hales 86, Jos Buttler 80; Arshdeep Singh 15/0)
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