Team India lost against England in the T20 World Cup semi-finals© AFP
What led to India’s semi-final exit from T20 World Cup 2022? While the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli looked at their best, there were a few players who punched below their weight. After winning 4 of their 5 Super 12 matches, India reached the semi-finals of the tournament where they were hammered by England for the loss of 10 wickets. After an embarrassing result in the penultimate round, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has come down hard on the Indian team, saying that “making it to the semi-finals after beating teams like Zimbabwe and Netherlands is not a big deal”.
Akhtar, who is known for his unfiltered criticism of cricket teams, including the Pakistan team, said in a YouTube video that the Indian team did not deserve to reach the final.
“India have neither fast bowlers nor cut spinners in their team. Their team selection was also confusing and the players were brutally hammered. Indian pacers cannot perform if conditions don’t suit them. Very disappointing performance from India and they don’t deserve to face us ( Pakistan) in the final at the MCG. Their cricket has been exposed today,” Akhtar said in a video posted on YouTube on Thursday.
Rawalpindi Express also said that qualifying for the semi-finals is not a big deal as there are only 4 teams in the group, two of which are Zimbabwe and the Netherlands.
“Getting to the semi-finals is not a big deal. There were 4 good teams in total. You beat Holland and Zimbabwe, that’s nothing. India need to look at their leadership and the management needs to take responsibility. It was a confusing selection. when they went with Mohammed Shami despite having other good pacers at his disposal,” Akhtar further said.
After yet another World Cup debacle in T20, the young players are expected to rope in a number of young players in the team, with an eye on the T20 World Cup 2024.
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