The Indian cricket team, which delivered a spectacular show in the league of the ongoing T20 world cup in Australia, ended its journey on Thursday after a humiliating loss against England in the second semi-finals. With the dismayed defeat that was made possible by the flawed performances in all the areas, India's road to the final has been cut-off as it lost the dream of lifting the world cup.
England registered a thumping victory and qualified for the finals where it will take on Pakistan and for the Indians, it was a disastrous day and millions across the country began to lament and slam the team for such a shocking ending. Indian team was the only fleet that recorded most victories in the league and ahead of today's match, the fans put out the predictions that India will meet its arch-nemesis Pakistan in the finals and would come home with a title.
However, today's match with England put such predictions to the vain and what shocked the fans most was the Indian team's failure to build a momentum from the beginning. The collapse of the batting line-up and fall of the bowlers drew the team to the path of peril. The second semi-final was held at Adelaide Oval and England decided to bowl first after winning the toss.
India lost its first wicket in the second over after the dismissal of KL Rahul and India didn't put a good show in the first ten overs while Kohli's and Pandya's partnership helped the team to reach a defendable score. The men-in-blue lost six wickets at the end of 20 overs and scored 168 runs. Kohli scored 50 off 40 balls with four fours and a six while Pandya scored 63 runs off 33 balls with four fours and five sixes.
The chase was different as little did the Indian team knew that the English openers would smash them. The chase was opened by Jos Buttler and Alex Hales and, of course, it was ended by them successfully. Yes, England didn't lose a single wicket and taken their team to a stupendous triumph. They chased the target in 16 overs and wrote a new history as it has become one of the greatest chases in the T20 history.
English batsmen Buttler scored 80 runs off 49 balls with nine fours and three sixes while Hales scored 86 runs off 47 balls with four fours and seven sixes. Both of them were terrific as India had no room to build a momentum and take the control of the game. Most of the Indian bowlers were expensive as the England batsmen punished the seamers and spinners. Alex Hales was named Man of the Match and England is into the finals and will meet Pakistan on November 13.
Back in India, it was a larger sense of disappointments among the Indian fans and even with former players and analysts. The level of disappointment was evident when Indian captain Rohit Sharma broke down in tears as he anguished this unprecedented humiliating loss, which had also sparked the voices demanding an overhaul and a deep introspection. Rohit Sharma's crying video has been going viral on social media and while a section of slam him and his captaincy, others come as a solace.
India's head coach Rahul Dravid was seen consoling Rohit Sharma as the country, where the cricket is thick and thin, has ended its journey without winning a title for the seventh time. Expressing their disappointment over a flawed ending of the campaign, the social media users are surfacing trolls and memes against the Indian team while former players and experts are lauding the team's good fight throughout the journey.
India's cricket governing body, BCCI took to Twitter and wrote, "Team India put up a fight but it was England who won the match. We had a solid run till the semifinal & enjoyed a solid support from the fans." Cricket Commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote, "India are still playing very conservative cricket. It was an issue they hoped to address and, in all fairness did, in bilateral cricket. But here at the World Cup, India were constantly hoping the back 10 overs would bail them out. Today, it wasn't enough."
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar wrote, "A few tweaks here and there and India will be a formidable T20 side. Journey goes on for Team India. Good luck!" Former Indian bowler Irfan Pathan wrote, "Team England you were a far better team congratulations. For team India, lot to learn and come back harder next time." On the other hand, several fans took to social media and expressed that they are expecting MS Dhoni as the team's coach.
#TeamIndia put up a fight but it was England who won the match.— BCCI (@BCCI) November 10, 2022
We had a solid run till the semifinal & enjoyed a solid support from the fans.
Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/5t1NQ2iUeJ #T20WorldCup | #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/5qPAiu8LcL
A few tweaks here and there and India will be a formidable T20 side. Journey goes on for Team India. Good luck! 👍👍— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 10, 2022
India are still playing very conservative cricket. It was an issue they hoped to address and, in all fairness did, in bilateral cricket. But here at the World Cup, India were constantly hoping the back 10 overs would bail them out. Today, it wasn't enough— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 10, 2022
Team England you were a far better team congratulations. For team India, lot to learn and come back harder next time. #INDvsENG— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 10, 2022