Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq mentioned the Indian group was “under pressure” and “scared” even earlier than their T20 World Cup 2021 match towards Pakistan had began. India misplaced their World Cup opener to Pakistan by 10 wickets – their first-ever defeat towards the neighbours after 12 straight wins in all World Cup matches in several codecs. India might by no means actually get better from the early jolt and have been knocked out from the Super 12 stage. India misplaced their subsequent match to New Zealand by eight wickets and regardless that they recovered by profitable their subsequent three matches towards Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia, it was not sufficient to take them ahead to the semi-finals.
Questioning the physique language of Indian gamers, Inzamam mentioned the toss interview involving India skipper Virat Kohli and his Pakistan counterpart Babar Azam was evident that the official hosts have been underneath strain.
“I feel the Indians were scared even before the match started. Their body language, if you see Virat Kohli and Babar Azam’s interview at the toss, you could sense who was under pressure,” Inzamam mentioned on ARY News.
India misplaced openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi, which put them underneath a variety of strain however Inzamam felt the double wicket within the first three overs had little do with how the match formed up.
“Our team’s body language was much better than theirs. It wasn’t that India were under pressure after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal. Sharma himself was under pressure. It was evident that they all were under pressure even before the match began,” Inzamam added.
Pakistan’s third highest run-scorer in Test matches mentioned India entered the match as one of many favourites however their efficiency was not up to speed towards Pakistan and New Zealand.
“Indian group by no means performs the way in which they did. They are a superb T20 group, there isn’t a doubt about it. If you take a look at their efficiency within the final 2-Three years, they have been the favourites. But that India-Pakistan match put a lot strain on them that there was no wanting again.
“Their ft weren’t shifting in any respect. After shedding to Pakistan, they have been handed a lot criticism and there was a 3-Four day break. The poor guys could not even play Santner and Sodhi. They are such good gamers of spin. That strain mounted on them.” Inzamam mentioned.
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