Former Indian player Robin Uthappa reckons that the only reason the Indian team lost the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final to England was that the bowlers failed to do well. Revealing that Team India weren’t among his favourites to win the tournament, he shared that Rohit Sharma and co. went into the tournament with a lot of uncertainty over their bowling.
Reflecting on India’s journey in the tournament, Uthappa said to Sportskeeda: “When we were going to Australia, we did not have a lot of confidence in our bowling. (Jasprit) Bumrah wasn’t there, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) wasn’t bowling well at the death, Harshal (Patel) was struggling at the death. (Mohammed) Shami was coming back after a year. (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Yuzvendra) Chahal’s form was also not good.“India were successful because they bowled so well. The only reason we didn’t win the semis was because our bowling had an off day. It was a timid kind of effort with bat and ball.”
According to former India player Mohammad Kaif, Team India made a lot of mistakes in the all-important game.
He explained: “There were question marks over India’s spinners. There were doubts that they would get found out somewhere. In big matches, they proved ineffective. There was no turn and the finger spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel could not make an impact. India did not play a leg-spinner (Chahal). We made a lot of mistakes.”
“Pakistan were among the top four teams for me because their bowling is easily one of the best in the world at the moment. It is one of the reasons they have been so successful and got into the final. Their batting was patchy throughout the tournament,” Robin Uthappa concluded.