Former Pakistan cricketer and bowling legend Shoaib Akhtar came down harsh at team India for showcasing a poor performance against England on Sunday in the ongoing T20 World Cup which is being played in Australia. The Men in Blue surrendered against the dominating batting display by Alex Hales and England Captain Jos Buttler, both of them scoring scintillating half centuries in reply of a below par total of 168 by India on a belter looking Adelaide pitch.

Indian bowlers could not even pick a single wicket and were absolutely clueless by swashbuckling innings from both the England openers. India opted for two finger spinners in the all important clash and Chahal was sitting on the bench despite the good performances by leg spinners on the Adelaide pitch in this tournament. Akhtar said on his social media platforms that the Indian team did not play their best bowling and they looked confused with their playing eleven throughout.

“All of a sudden they added Shami to the squad, he’s a good fast bowler, but didn’t deserve to be in the squad. I can’t tell what the final XI is for India right now. I don’t think India have depth in spin bowling. Chahal could’ve played well. He wasn’t included in the lineup. If Adil Rashid can play, why not Chahal?”, Akhtar said.

“On a flat track, they (England) were successful in revealing that Indian fast bowling doesn’t have an express pacer. They don’t have cut for role spinners. The team went in with confusing selection calls. The Indian fast bowlers are reliant on conditions, they’d only do well if assisted by them,” Akhtar added.

He went on to say Indian team was not good enough to proceed to finals and England deservingly is right team for Pakistan to face in the Finals. “India did not deserve to meet us in MCG or allowed to take a flight to come to Melbourne because their cricket has been exposed today. It is no big deal to reach the semifinals. Indian cricket, I think, is at the lowest right now because when it comes to ICC events, India will need to look at their captaincy, the management will need to take the blame,” the Rawalpindi Express said.

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