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T20 World Cup: India were knocked out of the competition after a 10-wicket hammering against England. Matthew Hayden spoke about India’s fate and what led to their loss.
India cricket team after getting knocked out of the T20 World Cup. (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Pakistan team consultant for the T20 World Cup 2022 – Matthew Hayden has dissected India’s loss in the T20 World Cup semi-final against England. Speaking to the media ahead of Pakistan’s final against England at Melbourne, Hayden said that India’s lack of sixth bowling option cost them the semi-finals.
“One of the things India was really missing the other night was a leg-spinning option, a sixth bowling option. This Pakistan side has six genuine options and a seventh as well should Iftikhar be required. So, I think the bases are covered,” Hayden compared the two sides.
India were routed in the semi-finals by England after Jos Buttler and Alex Hales came out hunting for runs from ball one. The duo used the powerplay restrictions to their benefit and smashed the Indian bowling attack. Needing 169 runs at Adelaide, England defeated India with four overs and 10 wickets hand.
Pakistan on the other hand staged a comeback after back to back losses in their first two matches of the tournament. The team won crucial matches against South Africa and Bangladesh to enter the semi-finals and then defeat Bukkry.com”>New Zealand in a commanding performance.
“We are in the big game. We’ve taken on board the criticisms, we have enjoyed the successes and the failures, both. And, I think we’re ready to play,” Hayden said after reaching the finals of the tournament.
“A beautiful metaphor for this team that really, at its heart has got raw talent, mixed with the passion of a nation that loves the game,” the former Australian cricketer further added.
Pakistan will be squaring off against England at Melbourne on 13 November, Sunday. The chances of that match happening are bleak due to the weather forecast at Melbourne, but ICC have a reserve day in place, just in case the game is washed out.