India ‘tentative’ criticized after World Cup loss to New Zealand

India ‘tentative’ criticized after World Cup loss to New Zealand

Cricket – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup – Super 12 – Group 2 – India v New Zealand – Dubai International Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – October 31, 2021 Virat Kohli of India with Kane Williamson of New Zealand after the REUTERS / Hamad match I Mohammed

Nov 1 (Reuters) – Former Indian cricketers lined up to score Virat Kohli’s side after Sunday’s crushing eight-field loss to New Zealand left them on the brink of elimination from the Twenty20 World Cup.

India fell to fifth place in Group II, their semi-final hopes all but extinguished after managing to muster just 110 of seven when they were put at bat in Dubai. read more

Champions at the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, India has not claimed the title since and its batting collapse was the subject of scathing criticism.

“Very disappointing from India. New Zealand was amazing. India’s body language was not great, poor shot selection,” wrote former opening batsman Virender Sehwag in Twitter.

“As (a) few times in the past, New Zealand has virtually ensured that we will not move on to the next stage. This will hurt India and time for some serious introspection.”

Gautam Gambhir, who won the World Cup over 50 with Sehwag in 2011, said India had the ability but lacked “mental toughness.”

“Talent is one thing … You can do really well in two-sided (series), but when it comes to these kinds of tournaments, that’s when you have to stand up and act,” he told ESPN Cricinfo.

“It’s been a trend, it’s been happening in most ICC tournaments.”

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Former mid-level hitter VVS Laxman said India’s chances of reaching the semifinals were a “distant dream” as its net run rate had also taken a beating.

“This loss should hurt the Indian team. Tentative with the bat, their shot selection was questionable,” Laxman said. “New Zealand played superbly, but India made it easy for them.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said India had lagged behind and was still playing “cricket 2010”.

“The game has moved on,” he said. “Despite all the talent and depth in India … they had a massive performance over the years in white ball cricket.”

Report from Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Edited by Peter Rutherford

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