On Sunday, India suffered their second loss in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after they went down to New Zealand by eight wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
On a day where it was a must-win for the Men in Blues to stay alive in the tournament, nothing seem to go right their way.
New Zealand beat India by eight wickets
Firstly, they lost a crucial toss (which is never in anyone’s control) and were asked to bat first once again.
The revelation of Ishan Kishan ahead of Rohit Sharma as India’s opener didn’t paid well as the southpaw went for four in the early stage.
New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi got the wickets of Rohit Sharma (14) and Virat Kohli (9) to take back control of the game.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s big shots, that too came late in the innings, pushed India to a paltry score of 110/7.
They were absolutely demoralised: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq criticised the Indian players for their batting and also pointed out at the Indian skipper failing to counter the spinners.
“This match was the biggest one after India and Pakistan. Even bigger than Australia vs England. I’m shocked by the manner in which India played. They were absolutely demoralised. I could not understand how such a big team took so much pressure,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
“These NZ spinners are good, but not world-class. The Indian batsmen were not even able to score singles off them. Kohli’s strength is playing spin, and even he was not able to get a single,” he added.
Indian bowlers had little to defend, but Jasprit Bumrah dismissed the New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell as the Black Caps chased the target in 14.3 overs.
India have their remaining three games left against Scotland, Afghanistan and Namibia and even winning all of them won’t guarantee them a spot in the semi-final with subject to net run rate.