India defeated England in the fourth T20I of the five-match series to level it 2-2 and taking the finale of the series to the fifth T20I. India also won the match batting first, which broke the sequence of the team winning the toss, bowling first, and winning the matches.
It was a terrific performance from the no.2 ranked T20I team India, against the top-ranked England team, who lost the fourth T20I by 8 runs. India had made 185/6 in 20 overs with Suryakumar Yadav hitting his maiden T20I fifty in his first outing with the bat. Indian bowlers then came to the party, keeping the dangerous England batsmen under check with clever use of slower balls.
Former Pakistan captain praised the Indian team’s fighting spirit and mentioned the reason behind India’s win. He also picked his Man of the Match for India’s series-leveling victory.
You Can Make One Or Two Comebacks, But India Are Doing It In Every Series, Thanks To Their Youngsters’ Performances: Inzamam-Ul-Haq
Inzamam-Ul-Haq lauded the Indian team’s ability to make comebacks and called it remarkable. He recalled the team’s comebacks in the Australia Test series and then against England as well in the Test series played before the T20I matches.
Inzamam-Ul-Haq feels that India is able to make comebacks every series is due to the contributions from their youngsters. Inzamam-Ul-Haq reckons the emergence of India’s youngsters is the primary reason behind their success in world cricket.
“Making comebacks is difficult. You can make one or two comebacks, but India are doing it in every series. If I look at the last one year across all formats, the reason behind India’s success is the performance of India’s youngsters. Whichever youngster plays for India, he performs,” Inzamam-Ul-Haq said on his YouTube channel.
“A team doesn’t become big because it depends only on two-three star players, the superstars or megastars. If only they keep giving good performance, you can win a match but a series. But the moment your youngsters start giving performances, that’s what takes a team forward,” he added.
Hardik Pandya Is My Man Of The Match For His Bowling Performance: Inzamam-Ul-Haq
Suryakumar Yadav was named the Man of the Match for his maiden half-century in T20Is, but Inzamam-Ul-Haq decided to name all-rounder Hardik Pandya as his pick for the Player Of the Match. He was chosen for bowling four overs and giving away 16 runs. Inzamam-Ul-Haq also believed Pandya’s performance swung the match in India’s favor.
“The one performance that changed the course of the match, the turning point of the match I feel was the way Hardik Pandya bowled. The difference of eight runs could not have been due to Suryakumar’s fifty or Pant’s 30. Giving 16 runs in four overs and taking two wickets, that is the performance which shifted the match towards India,” Inzamam-Ul-Haq said.
“Where India won and where England lost were those four overs from Pandya which created a difference. For me, he would have been my Player of the Match. When he bowls he appears a bowling all-rounder and when he’s batting, he appears a batting all-rounder,” the former Pakistan captain signed off.
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