Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq mentioned the Indian group was “under pressure” and “scared” even earlier than their T20 World Cup 2021 match in opposition to Pakistan had began. India misplaced their World Cup opener to Pakistan by 10 wickets – their first-ever defeat in opposition to the neighbours after 12 straight wins in all World Cup matches in numerous codecs. India may by no means actually recuperate from the early jolt and had been knocked out from the Super 12 stage. India misplaced their subsequent match to New Zealand by 8 wickets and despite the fact that they recovered by successful their subsequent three matches in opposition to 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 had been underneath stress.
“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 stress 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 event as one of many favourites however their efficiency was not on top of things in opposition to Pakistan and New Zealand.
“Indian team never plays the way they did. They are a good T20 team, there is no doubt about it. If you look at their performance in the last 2-3 years, they were the favourites. But that India-Pakistan match put so much pressure on them that there was no looking back.
“Their ft weren’t shifting in any respect. After dropping to Pakistan, they had been handed a lot criticism and there was a 3-4 day break. The poor guys could not even play Santner and Sodhi. They are such good gamers of spin. That stress mounted on them.” Inzamam said.
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