Like most of the cricket pundits who were puzzled the way Team India went down against England in the match of the ICC Cricket World CUP, former Chief Minister of J&K and avid sports follower Omar Abdullah also raised questions on India’s run chase.
Taking to his official Twitter handle Omar Abdullah tweeted, “ Would the batting be as listless if our place in the semi-finals was at stake here rather than England’s and Pakistan’s?”.
The former cricket greats from England and India Nasser HUssain and Sourav Ganguly also had questioned the intent shown by Team India during their run chase against England in ICC Cricket World Cup match on Sunday.
Both Saurav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain sitting in commentary box were baffled by the intent of Indian batsman particularly MS Dhoni and Kedhar Yadhav while India was chasing a big target of 337.They fell 31 run short with 5 wickets in hand. MS Dhoni finished unbeaten on 42 from 31.
About MS Dhoni’s and Kedar Jadhav’s intent Nasser Hussain said, “I am completely baffled by this”.
With 11 points from seven games, India are currently placed at the second spot. They need to win one of their remaining two matches against Bangladesh (Tuesday) and Sri Lanka (Saturday) to confirm their berth in the semifinals.
“Either side of the brilliant Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli partnership there has been some very odd cricket. Surely Indian fans will want to see Dhoni have a go. They have paid good money & are going home before the end of the match,” Nasser Hussain said.
Saurav Ganguly was also puzzled with the intent and made his feelings clear by saying, “Will there be questions asked in the dressing room, just what were you doing out there. I don’t have an explanation for this. You cannot be chasing 338 to win and still have 5 wickets in hand”.
In what was a must-win game for England, Eoin Morgan’s men came out with a complete performance as they first posted a mammoth target of 338 for India and then restricted them to 306/5 in their full quota of 50 overs.