Xtra Time Web Desk: Indian captain Rohit Sharma said they were not up to the mark with the ball and failed to hold their nerves and in executing their plans following the 10-wicket mauling at the hands of England in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 here in Adelaide.
“Pretty disappointed how it turned out today. We batted well at the back end to get that score. We were not up to the mark with the ball, we could not turn up today. It is all about handling the pressure in knockout games. All these guys have played enough to understand that. These guys have played under pressure in IPL games, it is all about keeping calm,” Rohit said during the presentation ceremony after the match.
He added, “We were nervy to start with, but you got to give credit to their openers, they played really well. I thought it swung a bit in the first over, but not from the right areas. We know the runs are scored square of the wicket, we were aware about it. When we won the first game, it showed a lot of character. The game against Bangladesh, it was a tricky one. I thought we held our nerve and kept executing our plans. Could not do that today.”
The Indian captain was in tears in the dug-out after the match. He was spotted sitting down in the dugout, with tears rolling down his cheeks. A photograph of which is going viral.
Rohit and his boys were handed a humiliating defeat at the hands of England in the semi-finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup. Set to chase 169 set by India, the English openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales steamrolled their opposition to win the game by 10 wickets and with 4 overs to spare.