The Indian team were thumped by England in the semi-final in Adelaide, ending their hopes of winning their first ICC trophy since 2013 as well. Following that loss, former Indian captain Kapil Dev, who helped Team India win their maiden World Cup title in 1983, felt that the team can be called ‘chokers’.
“Yes, we can call them chokers. That’s okay. They come close and then choke. But don’t be too harsh. I agree, India played bad cricket, but we cannot be overly critical based on just one game,” Kapil Dev told in a show on ABP News.
Meanwhile, Kapil Dev has also given plaudits to the England batters for reading the pitch better and playing stunning cricket throughout the match. He felt that the bowlers did not perform well and they could’ve done way better in the powerplay to put pressure on the England batters despite posting a par total of 168 runs as well.
“England read the pitch better and played better cricket. We should not be too harsh on our players. These are the same guys who have brought laurels to the country. 168-170 is a good score. But if you don’t bowl according to the pitch, then this is what is going to happen. It is very easy to say in hindsight, but look at the number of shorts balls they bowled,” Kapil Dev concluded.