ICC World Twenty20: India’s defeat vs New Zealand shocking, says Wasim Akram
March 17, 2016
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said he was shocked after New Zealand decimated India by 47 runs in their opening clash of the ICC World Twenty20 on a rank turner in Nagpur last night.
Chasing 127, India lost nine out of 10 wickets to New Zealand’s spinners and were shot out for 78 in 18.1 overs.
“India’s defeat shocked me. It shocked the fans and it must have shocked the players. It wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on but they lacked plans,” Akram told Sports Today.
MS Dhoni had slammed his batsmen for poor shot-selection and blamed them for the defeat. Akram shared the Indian captain’s sentiments and felt the batsmen lacked proper plans after they had lost four key wickets in the first five overs.
Openers Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, middle-order mainstays Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh were sent packing even before the chase picked any kind of momentum.
“They (Indian batsmen) started playing random shots after losing wickets in the first five overs. They were all soft dismissals. I think they lesson they would have learned from last night’s game is to have wickets in the last five overs. If you do that, then you can chase down 50 runs, irrespective how much it is turning.”
However, Akram said such “jolts” were necessary every now and then and it was good for India that the setback had come early in the tournament. Akram said India will need to come out of their shock as they face Pakistan on Saturday in which is now in a must-win game for the hosts.
“India is a professional team and I’m sure they will be able to come out of the shock. They don’t have too much time to be in shock because you are playing a match every two or three days,” Akram said.
The legendary Pakistani bowler said he expected the Saturday clash to be an exciting game and irrespective of India’s performance yesterday and Pakistan’s crushing win over Bangladesh tonight, both teams would keep everything behind them and be at their best.
Courtesy: INDIA TODAY