IND vs PAK: More than 48 hours have passed since India’s Super 4 loss to Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. Indian supporters are still furious at the outcome, as is obvious. Several analysts have voiced their opinions about what they believe cost India the match.
The Men in Blue’s defeat against their longtime rivals has been a talking point over the past few days. Akhtar made fun of the Indian team and ridiculed their jumbled strategy while pleading with them to at least decide on their starting lineup.
The batters were criticized by some experts for not scoring enough runs. Others, in contrast, blamed bowlers for buckling under duress. When they chose to harass teenage pacer Arshdeep Singh on social media, trolls went above all normal bounds. He was mocked all over the internet for missing the catch of Asif Ali in the 18th over.
Veteran test player Cheteshwar Pujara offered his criticism of India’s performance in Dubai while also analyzing the causes for their failure. He seriously questioned Team India’s strategy for this match. He claimed that Hardik Pandya’s selection as the fifth bowler by Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma was a blunder.
IND vs PAK: Pujara Criticizes Rohit and Dravid for Their Poor Strategy Against Pakistan
The Saurashtra player claimed that since his amazing comeback, Hardik Pandya has bowled fairly well. He feels the all-rounder still cannot be regarded as the fifth bowler, though. Additionally, it would be preferable if he bowled as the sixth option.
“Hardik has been bowling well, but we can’t consider him a fifth bowler. I think expecting four overs from him every time is not right. However, we didn’t have enough choices because Avesh Khan was ill,” Puajra said during the post-match show on ESPNCricinfo.
The 34-year-old underlined that the Indian team may undergo some adjustments in the future. He also believes it would be preferable if Hardik kept serving as the sixth bowler.
Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz’s pivotal combination, which cost the Indian team the game, was praised by Pujara. Like many specialists, Pujara believes that India’s bowling should have been more effective.
India’s bowling, according to Pujara, wasn’t the primary factor in the team’s second-place finish in the match. He claimed that India’s batting lineup failed them down. He discussed how poorly the batters had fared during the middle overs. India ultimately scored 10-15 runs less as a result.
India are in trouble with their loss to Pakistan. To reach the final, they must win both of their Super 4 matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. In future matches, Team India cannot afford to commit the same errors.