Updated June 10th, 2024 at 00:53 IST

'This is Arrogance': Gavaskar lashes out at Team India following shameful batting vs PAK in T20 WC

"This is no Ireland bowling they were facing, and by that I mean no disrespect to Ireland, but they should have shown some respect."

Sunil Gavaskar | Image:Disney+Hotstar
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In a highly anticipated clash at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York, Team India’s batting line-up crumbled under pressure, resulting in a dismal performance against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. From a promising position of 89/3, India experienced a dramatic collapse, ultimately being bowled out for 199. This batting debacle has drawn sharp criticism from cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar.

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T20 World Cup 2024: Sunil Gavaskar criticises Team India's batting performance against Pakistan

Gavaskar, known for his insightful commentary and deep understanding of the game, did not hold back in his assessment of India’s performance. He expressed his disappointment and frustration at the Indian batsmen's approach, emphasizing the need to respect the quality of the opposition's bowling attack. Gavaskar's pointed remarks reflected the sentiments of many fans and experts who were left baffled by India's batting collapse.

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"This is arrogance by Indian batting line up," Gavaskar stated bluntly. "This is no Ireland bowling they were facing, and by that I mean no disrespect to Ireland, but they should have shown some respect facing a world-class bowling when the ball is doing its bit."

Pakistan’s bowlers, renowned for their skill and precision, exploited the conditions masterfully. The Indian batsmen, however, seemed to underestimate the challenge, failing to adjust their strategies accordingly. At 89/3, with a solid foundation laid, it appeared India was on course for a competitive total. However, a series of reckless shots and poor decision-making led to a rapid succession of wickets. The middle and lower order collapsed under the sustained pressure from Pakistan’s bowling attack, with no batsman managing to anchor the innings.

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Gavaskar's criticism is a wake-up call for the Indian team. The batting line-up's inability to handle pressure and adapt to high-quality bowling is a concern that needs immediate addressing. The T20 World Cup is an unforgiving tournament where mistakes are costly, and Gavaskar's comments underscore the importance of humility, respect, and tactical awareness in such high-stakes matches.

As India looks to bounce back from this setback, Gavaskar's words serve as a crucial reminder of the need for respect and adaptability. The team must regroup, reassess their strategies, and approach their upcoming matches with the seriousness and respect that every opponent deserves.

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Published June 10th, 2024 at 00:53 IST