Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar was not impressed by Team India after the semi-final exit & nbsp | & nbspPhoto Credit: & nbspAP
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- Sunil Gavaskar blamed the Indian team management for their poor decision making
- India lost the first semifinal of the 2019 World Cup with 18 points to New Zealand
- Gavaskar was disappointed to see some bewildering decisions about team choice
India lost the first semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 edition with 18 runs to New Zealand on Wednesday (July 10). While many expected Team India to rush past the Black Caps led by Kane Williamson and book a spot in the flagship's top conflict, the opposite happened, as India's middle-order misery was again expected to find a modest 240 Chasing the target at Old Trafford, Manchester, the Men in Blue were reduced to 5 for 3, 24 for 4 and 92 for 6 in a short time, before the 116-run state of MS Dhoni-Ravindra Jadeja resigned from a crisis but could not bring them to victory.
While the problems of the middle order came to the fore again, it was a tactical blunder that cost the side. Former skipper MS Dhoni relegated the order and came out of the club as low as No. 7. Many experts and former cricket players were stunned and saw no experienced campaigner like Dhoni in the middle when wickets tumbled, instead Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant and allrounder Hardik Pandya was given the opportunity to take responsibility.
Like many former Indian cricket players, Sunil Gavaskar also broke his silence about the tactical blunder that cost India. In an interaction with host channels of the 10-nation tournament, Gavaskar struck out at the team's think tank and said, "Let's face it, many bewildering decisions have been made in recent years." He further cited the example of Ambati Rayudu and said: "Ambati Rayudu for example – he should have been brought here." Why and how can you explain to me that you are bringing in a Mayank Agarwal? He hasn't played a single ODI yet. came for the Sri Lanka match, the last competition match, (so) do you want him to make his debut in a semi-final or a final in case a slot is open? Why not take Ambati Rayudu with you, who is your standby? disappointing to see what happened yesterday, "the senior statesman added.
Some other cricket players who criticized team management for their thinking and decision making were Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. They thought that the presence of Dhoni would certainly have curbed the natural instincts of young people like Pandya and Pant and had ensured that they did not go overboard with their regions.
Dhoni waved goodbye when the scoreboard read 71 for 5. He tried to chase India and choke a memorable 116-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja for the seventh wicket, but the question was more than 15 by the time Jadeja (77 out of 59 balls) died. As a result, India succumbed to a 18-point defeat to bend out of the marquee's game despite finishing in the top spot in the group stage.
In the party tent final, New Zealand will include England on the Lord's cricket ground when the 50-over format is set to witness a new world champion.