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Star-studded Indian Team meek surrender is a cause for concern!

There is nothing permanent, like everything else, it must end! However, watching it end like this was hard to comprehend. Team India had never lost a World Cup game to Pakistan. They were strong favourites in Sunday’s match as well. But Pakistan other plans on the night as the Babar Azam-led side ‘hammered’ star-studded Indian brigade enroute to breaking the long-running spell.

This was also the first time in the history of World Cup matches that Pakistan thrashed Indian by 10 wickets. Such a lopsided affair! And the credit goes to Mohammad Rizwan (79* runs off 55 balls) and Babar Azam (68* runs off 52 balls) amazing display of cricket. The opening pair made an unexceptional Pakistan look far superior to their arch-rivals India.

When Pakistan called India to bat first, there were deliveries by pacer Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali which left every cricket fanatic astonished. Just wow! They were quick and more over wicket-to-wicket. The Pakistan team was pumped up from the word go. Whereas, the Men-in-Blue were pure disappointment, clueless with their performance.

Indian batsmen failed to read the varieties their opponents delivered. No doubt balls on which KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma got out were unplayable. But that is what international cricket is all about. Not to forget that both had already played here in the recently concluded IPL 2021. So, they knew the nature of the wicket better than Pakistan.

Virat Kohli also struggled in the initial time, but he picked up the pace and stood tall while the entire Indian batting order collapsed. There was a little firework by Rishabh Pant. However, the rest — Surya Kumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadega, unfit Hardk Pandya all failed.

Talking about the bowlers, they were so predictable, no line-length, no speed, no energy. The pacers even started slower deliveries with the new ball so early or on a regular basis that even the commentators were left looking at each other. “You are a pacer why not bowling it? Why are you bowling slower again and again, so predictable,” said one commentator?

This eventually gave Pakistani openers to open their arms and thrash them hard.
Another question now comes in mind is why an unfit Pandya was in the team? Pandya even went for a scan of his shoulder after the match. So, it is most likely that Pandya may be rested and Shardul Thakur come in against New Zealand. Let’s hope of the best.

Winning or losing is a part of the game but the surrender by any team is a cause for concern here. And Team India will look to work on it before going into the next game. There is no excuse for it. Not even losing a toss.


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