After the humiliating defeat from Pakistan, will India be able to make its place in the semifinals?

India suffered an embarrassing defeat in India vs Pakistan match played yesterday. Where India’s top order failed completely, the Indian bowling attack, which was called one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament, was completely exposed.

Pakistan not only won the match but also defeated India by 10 wickets. Indian bowlers could not manage to take a single wicket. And while captaining Virat Kohli did not seem to have any plan B.

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Many fans are also raising questions regarding the selection of the team. Why was Ishan Kishan not given a place in the team even after performing well in the practice match and Hardik Pandya got a chance instead?

If Hardik Pandya was playing only as a batsman, then why he came to bat even below Jadeja. And is Hardik Pandya’s fitness level is up to the mark to justify his selection.

Because in the second innings, Hardik Pandya did not even field due to the shoulder problem.

Bowling in the second innings, Team India started the bowling with Bhuneshwar Kumar instead of Bumrah, India should have gone for the wicket from the beginning.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami proved to be very expensive and the same team India’s new mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty also did not succeed in doing anything special. No Indian bowler was seen taking a wicket. The Pakistani opener did not even give India a chance to take it.

Many veterans believed that India is a much better team than Pakistan and India will get a huge advantage of playing IPL. But nothing like this was seen and Team India was also looking very tired. IPL hero KL Rahul again failed to deliver in the big match. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav also could not do anything special and seemed quite casual in his approach.

The Indian team had added at least 30 runs less in their total. When the Indian team came out to bat, it seemed as if this pitch has a lot of help for the bowlers. But when the second Indian team came out to bowl in it, it felt that the pitch changed suddenly.

Road to Semifinal

After the loss to Pakistan, the threat of being eliminated from the semi-finals is now hanging on India’s head. India’s next match is with New Zealand on the 31st of October.

According to the records, India’s performance in front of New Zealand has been very poor in ICC tournaments. And New Zealand and India have met 16 times in T20 and India has won only 6 in it.

If the same form continues in batting and bowling, then India’s dream of the World Cup seems far away. And perhaps India may have to come back home from the first round itself.

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