Former English cricketer Michael Atherton supports India to perform

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The Indian national team found themselves in trouble after the anticipated defeat against Pakistan in the ongoing ICC T20I World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Sharma spent a forgetful day in office against Pakistan’s historic rivals. Shaheen Shah Afridi fired Rohit LBW for a golden duck in the very first over. This was the start of a batting slump for India as they managed to score 151 for the loss of 7 wickets. Despite the defeat, Michael Atherton supports India.

The loss was never worrying, but the way India lost raised questions about team selection and responsibilities. In the post-match conference, Indian captain Virat Kohli was asked if he should consider ditching their stellar hitter Rohit Sharma.

Michael Atherton supports India

But former England captain Michael Atherton supports India in the tournament. He insists that ditching Sharma would be a huge call to take based on a single performance. And it’s too early to replace a high-ranking player of Sharma’s caliber.

He added that India is following the right step by going with the opening combination of Rahul and Rohit. Even though he overtook KL in the warm-up match, KL scored with a better score during power play. Considering how Rohit plays, it takes some time to move on. KL can play an aggressive role in the power play.

Atherton supports India and believes KL and Rohit are the perfect hitters to lead India’s batting innings. He added that it would be unreasonable to cancel India early in the tournament.

It is up to the team to silence the skeptics and show a convincing performance in the upcoming matches. Every match is crucial and any defeat would reduce India’s chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the competition.

India and New Zealand at the 2021 T20 World Cup

India play against New Zealand on Sunday as both teams seek their first World Cup victory. Both the Indians and the Kiwis lost their opening group stage matches against Pakistan. After a slow start, both teams were hoping to change gears.

India suffered a dominant performance from Pakistan, which saw the men in green win a full ten wickets. Virat Kohli was the only positive for India. The Indian bowls players looked toothless against the Pakistani openers.

Kiwi’s dreams of a perfect start were shattered when Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali overcame the threat of the kiwi bowlers quite comfortably. Haris Rauf struck a brilliant change in the first innings, which limited New Zealand to a competitive total of 134.

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