India’s unbeaten run in the ongoing World Cup 2019 came to an end on Sunday with a 31-run loss to England. The Men in Blue are still in a strong position to make it to the semifinal but the loss must have dented their confidence ahead of the most crucial phase of the tournament.
Keeping aside the result of the game and its impact on the tournament, the cricketing world is baffled with the way India approached the game.
Rohit cannot be handed a lifeline everytime
Rohit shined, as he scored a hard-fought century. Rohit Sharma blamed a deteriorating pitch and some quality bowling from the opposition for the final outcome.
However, it wouldn’t have been the case if he wasn’t dropped in the second over by Joe Root. Further, he was also involved in a fine 138-run stand for the second wicket with Kohli.
Rohit did eventually score 102 off 109 deliveries but many felt there was no real sense of urgency in the entire fight.
In his defence, all Sharma had to say was “England team played complete cricket. They bowled really well. They batted really well. They got the result.”
In the semis and the final, such mistakes can prove costly for Men in Blue.
Dhoni and Jadhav never really tried
Going hammers and tongs was the only option for MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav from that point. But the two surprisingly decided to take singles. Their approach made it crystal clear that they had given up as they hardly attempted anything out of the ordinary.
Dhoni and Jadhav never looked like taking the attack to the opposition. Both Dhoni and Jadhav looked more than content to knock the ball around rather than going for big hits. They managed just 39 runs in the final five overs as India suffered their first loss of the competition.
India’s tactics were utterly baffling as they lost the high-scoring encounter by 31 runs.
From fans to commentators to experts everyone sensed foul play and questioned Men in Blue for their approach against England at Edgbaston
Weird, wasn’t it!— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) June 30, 2019
Sourav Ganguly didn’t directly criticise Dhoni but made his intentions very clear with his words.
“The team has to make a decision whether they are just happy not getting out or are looking to win. The message has to go out that they should keep attempting big shots even if they get out. You can’t have a team losing in a chase with 5 wickets in hand,” he said.
For how long will Kohli defend?
While Sourav Ganguly raised some serious questions on air during their commentary stint, Indian skipper Virat Kohli defended his batsmen at the end of the game.
“I think MS Dhoni was trying really hard to get the boundary but it wasn’t coming off. They bowled in good areas and the ball was stopping, hence it was difficult to bat towards the end. We have to sit and assess and improve on things in the next game,” Kohli said in the post-match conference.