"There is no denying it, Team India is chokers"- Kapil Dev slammed India after WC exit
After a promising performance in the group stage, it didn't end well for the Men in Blue as they faced a horribile 10-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022. With this defeat, all hope of winning the tournament was extinguished.
The loss brought out the emotions of the fans, and even many former cricketers couldn't stop themselves from speaking out on the semi-final loss. Former World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who is known for his blunt statements, made another big statement for Team India.
Notably, Kapil's previous statements have already created chaos in the past, whether it was related to Arjun Tendulkar's comparison to his father, Sachin, or questioning Virat Kohli's place in the T20 team when he was out of form.
However, he went on to give Team India the tag of "chokers" when it comes to ICC events. India hasn't won any ICC tournament in the last nine years, although they have won some brilliant series across all formats, but in the ICC tournament, the performance is totally contrasting.
In a discussion on ABP News after the loss, Kapil said that India didn't play well, thus the criticism is justified. He stated that it was England who read the situation well and played according to that. He also added that he will not bash them completely because these are the same players who have given many good performances over the years.
Kapil said, "There is no denying it - after coming so close, they choke. I get it but I would still say that the team needs to look ahead. It's time for the youngster players to come forward and take charge."
The former captain also said that England performed the way T20 cricket should be played, and that is why they dominated the game. Speaking of the Indian bowling performance, he said that the 170-run target was a par score, but the bowlers didn't bowl in the right area, and once England scored 20 runs off 2 overs, the rhythm got broken and the bowlers couldn't stop the English openers.
Batting first, India made 168/6 in their 20 overs with the help of Virat Kohli (50 off 40) and Hardik Pandya (63 off 33). Chasing the target, both English openers started attacking the Indian bowlers and chased down 170 runs in 16 overs to win by 10 wickets. Jos Buttler made 80, while Hales scored an unbeaten 86 runs.