India of Virat Kohli started on T20 World Cup as favorites, but their semi-final hopes hanging by a thread after two losses, the last an eight-wicket loss against New Zealand.
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Below is a look at where all is going wrong for India, which suffered a 10 wicket humiliation against its rivals. Pakistan in their first game.
India’s famous batting team limped to a modest 110/7 against New Zealand on Sunday, a week after scoring 151/7 while facing an equally good Pakistani offense.
India’s top batsmen including KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma showed little application after being asked to strike first on their two outings and even though Kohli made a 57-fight against Pakistan the total fell. proved to be insufficient.
Against New Zealand, Rahul fell to Tim Southee for 18 and Sharma – who was abandoned on nothing – was at Ish Sodhi having made 14. Kohli had nine of 17 balls before being caught by the spinning of Sodhi’s leg.
“Provisional with the bat, their selection of shots was questionable” at batting, the great VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter.
“New Zealand bowled superbly, but India made it easier. “
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India made two changes from their opening loss, including one forced, and reversed the batting lineup to welcome Ishan Kishan in the opener against New Zealand.
But the southpaw fell on the precise line and length of Trent Boult’s left arm while trying to make a big kick and got caught in the deep square leg.
It was Sodhi’s double strike to defeat Sharma and then Kohli that put India back into their ploy to get crucial and quick runs in the power play’s six overs.
Staggering at 48/4, the Indian stick survived its 20 overs but returned with seemingly fallen spirit as New Zealand revised the modest target with 33 balls to spare.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said: “I don’t know if it’s a fear of failure, but I know the changes they made to the batting order today didn’t work.”
Pace thrower Jasprit Bumrah said “Bubble fatigue, mental fatigue” slips after days on the road, but former players remain ruthless with Gautam Gambhir claiming India was missing “Strong minded”.
“Talent is one thing… You can do very well bilaterally (streak) but when it comes to tournaments like that, that’s when you have to get up and perform.” he told the Cricinfo site.
“It’s a trend, it happens in most ICC (International Cricket Council) tournaments.”
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WEIGHT OF EXPECTATIONS?
MS Dhoni, now with the team as a mentor, led India to the crown of the T20 World Cup in 2007 and then won the 50 Plus World Cup four years later.
Kohli, who will step down as T20 captain after this tournament, has taken the team to historic test triumphs in Australia and England.
But he failed to win a World Cup title in India and India lost to New Zealand in the semifinals of the ODI 2019 World Cup. They also lost in the last four of the previous T20 World Cup, in 2016, under Dhoni.
India is increasingly believed to be faltering in big-prize tournaments, a charge Kohli vehemently denies.
“So there will always be more pressure with our games and we’ve embraced that over the years. “ Kohli said.
“Everyone who plays for India has to accept it.
“And when you do it together as a team, you get over it, and we haven’t made it those two games.”
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