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Michael Vaughan said that India are the “most under-performing white-ball team in history” after a humiliating 10-wicket defeat against England in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final.
India suffered a 10-wicket defeat against England in T20 World Cup semis. (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan criticised India, calling it the “most under-performing white-ball team in history” after a humiliating 10-wicket defeat against England in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final.
India, who were considered favourites to reach the finals, were forced to learn how to play T20 cricket as England rollicked to a convincing victory with four overs to spare on November 10.
Vaughan did not hold back and questioned India’s white-ball game, asking: “Since winning 50 over World Cup what have they done? Nothing. India are playing a white-ball game that is dated and have done for years.”
“India are the most under-performing white-ball team in history. Every player in the world who goes to the Indian Premier League says how it improves their game but what have India ever delivered?” Vaughan said in his column for The Telegraph.
“I am just staggered by how they play T20 cricket for the talent they have. They have the players, but just do not have the right process in place. They have to go for it. Why do they give the opposition bowlers the first five overs to bed in?
Vaughan further asked why leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was part of the squad, did not get a game. He also questioned captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid’s approach while defending a moderate 168. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel were preferred over Chahal throughout India’s campaign.
“We know in T20 cricket the stats tell you a team needs a spinner who can turn it both ways. India have plenty of leg-spinners. Where are they? They have a left-armer in Arshdeep Singh who swings it back into the right-handers.
“So what do they do defending 168? They put on Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling outswing to give Jos Buttler and Alex Hales width. Where is the left-arm seamer swinging it in to Buttler and Hales in the first over? Madness. Cramp them for room. Do not give them a chance to get off to a flyer in the first over and settle nerves,” he said.
Vaughan did not shy away from pointing out that people fear to lose work in India that is why no nobody criticises the BCCI, the richest board in world cricket, and its team on social media.
“Nobody wants to criticise them because you get hammered on social media and pundits worry about losing work in India one day. But it is time to tell it straight. They can hide behind their great players but it is about getting a team playing the right way as a whole. Their bowling options are too few, they do not bat deep enough and lack spin tricks,” Vaughan said.
England will meet Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13 after 30 years.