Former England captain Nasser Hussain criticized for being ‘old fashioned’ India For being too shy with the bats in a 10-wicket loss to the side led by Joss Butler in the second semi-final of the T20 men Globalism Cup at Adelaide Oval.
The opening pair of England captain Jose Butler (80 not off 49 balls) and Alex Hales (86 not out of 47) achieved a chase of 169 in a smooth fashion, by squashing an Indian bowling all over the lawn attack for a meeting with Pakistan in the tournament final in Melbourne on Sunday.
While England were 63/0 at the end of their batting game, India were nervous and only made 38/1 in their strong play with the bat, which meant that the team led by Rohit Sharma lost the match in the first six plus stage with the bat as well as the ball.
“The contrast between the two teams in their respective strengths could not be more stark. I have said in these pages that India at the top of the standings are still playing a bit old-fashioned and even their former coach Ravi Shastri spoke of the need for a change when he was at Sky last summer. .
“However they were still very shy. India must have known that they would need to score above par against England’s striking lineup, but they walked along, and had it not been for Hardick in the end they would have been well below par,” Hussain wrote in his column for The Daily Mail on Friday.
India was 100/3 in the first 15 increases and got 68 points in the last five thanks to Hardik who scored the highest goals with 33 balls 63, scoring four, four and five six times with a hit rate of 190.91. Hussain noted that India’s problems with bats in T20Is are due to mentality, not individuals.
They are not the people of India. It is their way of thinking. Rohit Sharma is one of the greatest white ball players of all time and KL Rahul would be on any list of the best T20 players in the world. Then add Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik and Rishabh Pant.
“You’re talking about a pool of world-class talent and there’s no way that a striking line-up would have to be 66 for two halfway through the T20 innings of the semi-finals.”
Hussain noted that India had hoped Bhoveneshwar Kumar would beat Butler again in pursuit, but had no answers to the attack by both he and Halis. “If India were chasing a decent aggregate, they would have had to put in a hard effort but since they didn’t look like they knew the good result.
“Then India expected Bovneshwar Kumar to continue to dominate Joss Butler in T20 cricket when they fought England but that didn’t happen. Combined with the long hauls of Hals at the other end, India had no answer.
“Hales was very clever in the angles he created against Axar Patel because he did a right corner from a wide angle of the tuck, so Hales was catching it behind a box on the side of the leg. Everyone was focused on how Suryakumar could catch the ball from there but Hales was just as good The way he approached and executed it.”