India looked like a “very ordinary” team and was losing their cool all the time during their eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand on Sunday, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said.
The defeat was India’s second of the tournament after the 10-wicket hiding they faced against Pakistan in their tournament opener and put them on the edge of being ruled out of contention for the semi-finals.
Shoaib said he strived to understand why players like Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli
changed their batting positions.
Shoaib in a video he posted on his Twitter handle,
“Why did they send in Ishan Kishan? Hardik Pandya is bowling right at the end,
he should have bowled in the beginning. I just don’t understand what game plan India was playing with.
It was a completely lost squad”.
“Everyone had pressed the panic button. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma coming at different numbers,
a new kid is batting at the top. They lost the toss and were just panicking,” he further said.
Eventually, India was restricted to a below-par score of 110/7 with their top four of Kishan,
Rohit and Kohli combined to make just 48 runs.
Shoaib stated that the batsmen should have made an effort to play put the 20 overs if they are not able to connect.
He also said that apart from Jasprit Bumrah,
who took the two wickets India managed during the New Zealand innings, and Varun Chakravarthy,
the rest of the attack looked very weak.
“Fine, you are not able to connect, at least play out 20 overs as batsmen. India looked like a very ordinary team to me. The bowling squad, apart from Bumrah and maybe Varun Chakravarthy, the rest of the pack looked very ordinary,” said Shoaib.