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Eoin Morgan, a former captain of England, criticised India’s strategy during the T20 World Cup, stating it was really surprising to see their batters play that manner, especially in the semifinal. India entered the T20 World Cup this year wanting to erase their lack of an ICC crown, but some underlying problems did them in.

Even though they almost made it to the semifinal, they were thoroughly outplayed by England in that game because they couldn’t get off to a fast start on the Powerplay. 

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India was put in to bat by England, and without Hardik Pandya’s 33-ball 63, the side would have had difficulty reaching 168/6. India once again paid the price for faltering in the Powerplay, scoring a pitiful 38/1, their second-lowest total after 46/1 against the Netherlands, on an Adelaide surface where 200 was readily reachable.

India Was Dominated From Start To Finish: Eoin Morgan

While Eoin Morgan praised Jos Buttler for his outstanding leadership throughout the semifinal, he expressed astonishment at India’s cautious strategy. 

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“Any heavyweight battle when it comes to a side being dominated like they were… and let’s be honest, India were dominated from start to finish. You have to continue to throw punches and England did that. Jos Buttler’s captaincy was outstanding; his tactics and strategies throughout the whole game were absolutely excellent.

England made India play that way; they strangled them and it looked like India didn’t have a Plan B or Plan C to fall back on. We were watching and talking about why India chose to play that way,” he told Sports Tak. 

Rightfully so. To put it mildly, India’s strategy was surprising, made more so by the fact that they had forbidden this style of play following the T20 World Cup in 2017.

India’s Aggression Not Evident In Adelaide: Eoin Morgan

India chose a completely new, offensive, and aggressive strategy when they went to England in June and defeated England in both ODI and T20I series. However, Eoin Morgan was among several who were upset when the old, “timid,” style of batting was once more adopted. 

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“Perhaps you can question their planning into the game or the lack of adaptation when England had been so strong. Rewind the clock 5-6 months ago when India visited England and again dominated by playing this free-spirited, very aggressive and positive mantra under Rohit Sharma. We sat back and lauded Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma but certainly it wasn’t evident in Adelaide,” Eoin Morgan pointed out. 

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