Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar criticised Virat Kohli-led India for their approach in the match against New Zealand.

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.

New Zealand thump India by eight wickets

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.

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.

Rohit, coming to bat at No.3, couldn’t do much and got out to a mistimed shot of Ish Sodhi’s bowling.

India, New Zealand, Knee, BLM
Mitchell Santner takes the knee while Indian opener KL Rahul marks his stumps. (Photo: Twitter)

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s big shots, that too came late in the innings, pushed India to a paltry score of 110/7.

From not picking a single wicket against Pakistan, India found a couple of them with pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah striking on both occasions.

But the Indian bowlers didn’t had much to defend on their path as New Zealand sealed their first win of the tournament with skipper Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 33.

Average performance by team India: Shoaib Akhtar

Akhtar questioned team India’s mindest and ridiculed their average performance in the tournament.

“I don’t know with what mindset and attitude they were playing. Why did Rohit bat at 3, why did they open with Ishan Kishan? Hardik Pandya, bowling pretty late in the innings, should’ve bowled earlier. I have no idea whatsoever about India’s gameplan. It was a completely lost Indian squad,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.

Daryl Mitchell
Daryl Mitchell. Image-Twitter

“It never seemed as if India turned up for this game or not. Average performance by team India. After all the hype and pressure from the Indian media, I knew that the team would struggle. Again, the team proved to be a weak bowling side,” he added.

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.

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