Are those 36 balls the reason why India is one step away from the final? What are the factors that caused the defeat of Team India?
England defeated India by ten wickets in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 at the Adelaide Oval Stadium. Batting first, Team India scored 168 runs in 20 overs with Hardik Pandya (63). After that, the Indian bowlers were easy in front of the England batsmen in the target. As a result, the English team overcame the target in just 16 overs. Alex Hales scored an unbeaten 86 off 47 balls while Buttler remained unbeaten on 80 off 49 balls. The question that arises here is that 36 balls are the reason why India is one step away from the final.
In the semi-final against England, India scored only 38 runs for the loss of one wicket in the first 6 overs (power play). And England scored 63 runs without losing a wicket in the same power play. Judging by this, it can be said that the Indian openers made a mistake in understanding the pitch. On a pitch that helps the batsmen.. that too in the power play, Team India played well defensively. With a strategy of saving early wickets and playing destructive innings in the last overs, India came into the ring with a pre-planned plan. This approach has favored India so far in the tournament as they have had the best strike rate in the last overs (17-20).
And then, even after scoring 50 runs in the last 17 balls, Team India could only manage an above-par score, something clearly went wrong. Same power ‘less’ play. Team India’s early wicket loss.. Rohit Sharma’s slow innings and Virat Kohli’s stuttering meant that India could not score significant runs in the power play overs. “The power play must be used properly by any team. If we can score runs at that time… it is like we are confident of winning”. Meanwhile, the powerplay run rate of Indian cricket team in T20 World Cup 2022 is very low. In this tournament, India scored runs at a run rate of just 6.02 in the powerplay. This is the worst performance since UAE.
Where is the match winner..’Manikattu’ spinner?
Yuzvendra Chahal, the key wicket-taker, has not been given a chance in this World Cup so far in a single match. Apart from trusting senior player Ashwin, Chahal was not taken in a single match. Taking wickets is very important to restrict the opponents in power play overs. In the first overs of the semi-final match, the England batters crushed the fast bowlers of Team India. Akshar Patel could not turn the ball much despite using spin in the fourth over. Ravi Shastri, who was doing commentary during the match, said that not only was his bowling not in the right direction, but the speed had also decreased. “A wrist spinner is very important for taking wickets. But unfortunately there is not even a single wrist spinner in the Indian team. “The only one sitting in the pavilion,” he said.
England controlled the score with their spinners while India were batting. Not only Adil Rashid but also Liam Livingston bowled hard.. and tied up the opponents. In our team, Akshar Patel and Ashwin gave 57 runs together without taking a wicket in 6 overs. When Chahal was not included in the Indian team in the T20 World Cup last year, the selectors were severely criticized. Now even though he has been selected for Australia, Chahal has not been given a chance to play in a single match. Even when Patel and Ashwin were bowling poorly on the pitch, the team management did not think at all about taking Chahal.
Meanwhile, fans say that the bowling error of Team India was clearly seen in the T20 World Cup. If wrist spinners Adil Rashid, Zampa, Rashid Khan, Hasaranga from other countries are performing brilliantly, why did the team management restrict Chahal to the bench, who was selected in our team? They are questioning why they are joining the team just for drinks.