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“They Just Seem To Freeze”, Sunil Gavaskar on India’s Defeat Against England in Semi Finals

Following India’s defeat in T20 World Cup 2022 semi final former India captain, Sunil Gavaskar pointed out that losing in knockout games seems to be becoming a trend now.

Sunil Gavaskar on India’s Defeat Against England

Indian cricket team who tops the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 group B points table fails to shine in their crucial semi-final match against England.

After the loss, India skipper Rohit Sharma pointed out the reasons behind the loss while Wasim Akram blamed India’s slow start for their 10-wicket defeat against England.

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“I just think, they just seem to freeze in the knockout games, particularly with the batting. It’s the batting which has been the strength of the Indian team. In the semi-finals, the batting hasn’t contributed as much as they should,” Sunil Gavaskar said on Star Sports after India’s loss.

“At that stage you face much powerful attacks, than may be in the group stages. Maybe that is understandable. Batting hasn’t really got the runs that the bowlers can defend.

India have always been a good chasing side but the moment Buttler won the toss and elected to bowl first, I though India must get 180 runs on board. But they were 170 for no loss, even 180 would not have been enough. But it gives that little bit of cushion which they didn’t have this time.”

Talking about the match, chasing 169 for victory in the second semi-final in Adelaide, Hales smashed seven sixes in his 86* and Buttler, who made 80*, hit three in a spellbinding batting performance to cruise into Sunday’s final in Melbourne with four overs to spare. It was a far cry from earlier in the tournament when England were shocked by Ireland.

“That feels a long time ago now,” said Buttler. “The character we’ve shown to get through the tournament since then, and put in our best performance today, has been amazing.”

Post the World Cup defeat India will tour New Zealand where they will play 3 T20I matches and as many as ODI matches between November 13 to November 30.

England will now face Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 final on November 13 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

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