The Indian side faced a humiliating 10-wicket defeat in the T20 World Cup semi-final against England on Thursday. The opening duo of Jos Buttler (80*) and Alex Hales (86*) forged an unbeaten record of 170 points to lead England to a landslide victory over the Men in Blue, as the team booked a final confrontation with Pakistan on Sunday. Unsurprisingly, the Indian team are facing significant criticism at home, where former cricketers are speaking out strongly against the team’s selection decisions and ‘workload management’.
Former India player Kirti Azad, who was part of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning squad, also spoke in detail about the team’s disappointing end to the team’s T20 WC campaign. Azad said several captains were confusing and also spoke about Virat Kohli in particular.
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“Main iss cheez disagree nahi karta ki alag alag format ke kaptaan nahi ho sakte. By itne saare ho jaayenge toh khichdi ban jaayegi. Samajh nahi aayega ki kaptaan kaun hai. Ye uchit nahi hai (I’m not saying different formats can’t not having different captains. But if you have so many captains, it’s confusing. It’s not fair),” Azad said on Aaj Tak.
When the debate host asks if the Indian team is too old, the former Indian cricketer gives the example of Virat Kohli.
“Doosri baat aapne umar ki ki. Agar Virat Kohli se ye jitne log khel rahe hain, sabki fitness karwa de toh sabse fit vo hi niklega. (You say about age. If you ask all these players to take a fitness test against Kohli, he would win),” Azad said, apparently stating that fitness should take priority over related debates. at age in the Indian team.
The Indian squad will be back next week when the team take on New Zealand in a three-game T20I series.
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