Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif takes a dig at the Indian cricket team after crippling defeat
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Openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler led Team England to an easy win by 10 wickets against Team India during the second semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia at Adelaide on Thursday.
Following the crippling defeat, Pakistani prime minister Shehbaz Sharif outspokenly took a dig at the Indian team for their performance.
He wrote on Twitter: “So, this Sunday, it’s: 152/0 vs 170/0 #T20WorldCup.”
India’s head coach Rahul Dravid in a press conference admitted that the team should have scored at least 180-185 runs in Adelaide but was outplayed in all departments by the England team.
Dravid said, “Obviously disappointed to finish at the semi-finals. We would have liked to go a couple of steps further. But we were outplayed and outclassed. England was the better team in every department and the scoreline shows that.”
“We have been batting well. We were one of those teams who got 180-plus scores here (in Australia) two to three times in this tournament. When we started, the boys said it (surface) was tacky and slow. At the end of the 15-over mark, we were around 15-20 runs short. In death overs, we were good, with Hardik being brilliant. We should have got 180-185 at the end,” he added.
When asked about the future of senior players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, etc., in the shorter format, Dravid said that it is too early to say anything. He admitted that playing T20I leagues overseas would help Indian players but there are certain challenges to it.