Islamabad: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has claimed the Indian cricket team was under pressure before the start of their match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE.
Inzamam-ul-Haq has claimed that the Indian players were scared before their match against Pakistan which contributed to their dismal performance in Team India's opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup.
India succumbed to a massive defeat at the hands of Pakistan and were thrashed by 10 wickets in their first match of the ICC T20 World Cup. It was India's first defeat to Pakistan in ODI and T20 World Cups. Earlier, India had defeated Pakistan 12 times in ICC tournaments.
India could not recover after receiving initial setbacks against Pakistan. Team India failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup after consecutive defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand.
However, Team India won their next three matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia. But the victories in these three matches was not enough to help Team India qualify for the semi-finals. Pakistan and New Zealand had qualified for the semi-finals from Group 2.
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq also criticised the body language of the Indian players.
Talking to ARVI News, Inzamam said, "I think that the Indians were scared before the start of the match. Their body language was poor. If you look at the interviews of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam during the toss, you will understand that who was under pressure."
"Our team's body language was very much better. It was not that the Indians came under pressure after Rohit Sharma was dismissed. Rohit Sharma was under pressure. It was clear that before the start of the match that all the pressure was on the Indians. The Indian team never plays like that. They are a good T20 team, there is no doubt about it. If you look at their performance in the last 2-3 years, they were the favourites, but the Indians were under too much pressure during the match against Pakistan," he added.
"The Indian players displayed poor footwork. They were so criticized after losing to Pakistan and got a break of 3-4 days. The Indian batsmen could not even tackle Mitchel Santner and Ish Sodhi. They play spin so well. But still they came under immense pressure," Inzamam-ul-Haq claimed.