Former Indian cricketers criticize India T20 squad after disappointing performance

Nov 1, 2021: After a crushing eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand on Sunday, former Indian cricketers lined up to slate India’s side led by Virat Kohli.

The result of yesterday’s match means India will likely be knocked out of the Twenty20 World Cup.

India finished fifth in Group II, but when they were offered to bat in Dubai, their hopes of reaching the semi-finals were dashed after scoring just 110 runs for seven wickets. India, champions in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, have not claimed the title since and have been widely criticized for ending their batting.

Former opening batsman Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter, “Very disappointing from India. New Zealand was amazing. India’s body language was not good, poor shot selection”.

“Like (a) a few times in the past, New Zealand has practically made sure that we do not take it to the next level. It will hurt India and it will be time for some serious self-awareness.”

Gautam Gambhir, who won the 50-over World Cup with Sehwag in 2011, said India had the skills but lacked “mental toughness”.

“Talent is one thing … you can do really well in a two-way (series) but when it comes to these types of tournaments, it’s when you have to stand up and perform. He told ESPN Cricinfo. “It has been a trend, it has been in most of the ICC tournaments.”

Former middle-order batsman VVS Laxman said India’s chances of reaching the semi-finals were a “distant dream” as their net run rate was also lost. Laxman said, “This defeat should hurt Team India, their choice of shots was questionable. New Zealand bowled brilliantly, but India made their job easier.”

Aside from Indian cricket stars, former England captain Michael Vaughan said India had lagged behind and were still playing “2010 cricket”. “The game has moved on,” he said. “For all the talent and depth of India … they have not had great success in whiteball cricket for years.”

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