Former England captains Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton come hard on India for their performance in the powerplay overs after the T20 World Cup semi-final. India had set England a target of 169 runs to win on Thursday in Adelaide. However, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales made it look like an easy task as the English team entered the final with a 10-wicket win in the semi-final and did it with four overs to spare.
Analyzing India’s defeat on Sky Sports, Nasser Hussain and Atherton was critical of India’s performance in the powerplay. Rohit Sharma and his men only managed to score 38 runs in the first six overs for the loss of one wicket while England took full advantage and put up 63 on the board.
Nasser Hussain explained that there is a glaring error from the Indian team in the first six overs and the team is still playing old-fashioned powerplay cricket.
Nasser Hussain explained, “When you see England in the first six overs there is a glaring error [from India]. Hales and Buttler are playing the way they are and India is still playing old-fashioned powerplay cricket.”
Atherton said that the game was won and lost at the start of each powerplay and India made no efforts to pressurize England’s bowlers. The former England skipper went on to say that Buttler and Hales didn’t allow the Indian bowlers to settle down and there was a huge contrast between both teams on the day.
Elaborating the same, Michael Atherton said, “The game was won and lost at the start of each powerplay. India basically let England’s bowlers settle – and you can argue it’s good bowling or cautious batting – but when England came out they did not let them settle. It was a huge contrast between the two teams. It kind of sends a message to the team you are about to play in the final.”