Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets in its opening Group 2 match of the 2021 T20 World Cup in Dubai on Sunday, in one of the most one-sided results in tournament history. After years of waiting for their first win in a World Cup game against India, Pakistan’s Babar Azam-led side easily defeated their opponents to kick off their T20 WC campaign in style.
The outcome of this match has an effect on the players, and Virat Kohli will be hoping that Pakistan’s clinical 10-wicket demolition job would wake up his squad. India’s white-ball capabilities frequently disguise its various flaws, but Pakistan demonstrated on Sunday why India might struggle in this tournament.
The batsmen struggled against the raw pace and movement of the wicket, while the bowlers lost all control once the dew arrived, as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan tore them apart. Without a doubt, the toss was crucial since the wicket behaved differently in each innings, but it is an occurrence that all teams playing nighttime games in this tournament must be aware of. India’s bowling is plainly a weak link, and Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri must go back to the drawing board to figure out what has to be changed.
“We didn’t execute properly. Credit where it’s due and Pakistan outplayed us today. They started brilliantly with the ball, and 3 wickets for 20 runs was not a good start. We needed wickets early but with the bat, they gave us absolutely no chances,” Kohli said.
Mohammed Shami subjected to online abuse
After India’s setback over arch-rival Pakistan, India bowler Mohammed Shami has been exposed to internet abuse. Fans rushed to Instagram and Twitter after India’s loss against Pakistan on Sunday to make disparaging remarks about Mohammed Shami.
Former Indian players rushed to Twitter to express their support for Mohammed Shami after he was subjected to disgusting fan behavior on social media.
The online attack on Mohammad Shami is shocking and we stand by him. He is a champion and Anyone who wears the India cap has India in their hearts far more than any online mob. With you Shami. Agle match mein dikado jalwa.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 25, 2021
Criticising is fine but khiladiyon ko abuse nahi karna chahiye. Ye game hai, better team on that day won. Inhi cricketers ne India ko bohot matches jitaye hain pichle kuch saalon mein. Aur haar kar jeetne wale ko hi baazigar kehte hai na! #indiaVsPakistan #INDvPAK #T20WorldCup21 pic.twitter.com/cLqNmbRQ9T
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) October 25, 2021
Virat Kohli, India’s captain, witnessed some rowdy crowd behavior as well, and the trolls have not been nice to him, as he has been criticized for his captaincy throughout the game.
Tough day for india 🇮🇳 and @ManUtd I’m sure they will bounce back ! Congratulations to Pakistan 🇵🇰 and Liverpool ! #timeforbed 😢😓
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 24, 2021
Our boys will surely bounce back stronger…we know we do!
Stay calm India 🙂❤️#INDvPAK
— DK (@DineshKarthik) October 24, 2021
India’s batting was mediocre, but the bowing wasn’t any better. None from the attack looked like taking a wicket, not pace bowler or spinner. Babar and Rizwan didn’t have too much problem reading Chakravarthy which will embolden other teams too
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 24, 2021
This is one of the most mature and golden innings from #Kohli . He brought calm in turbulent time. People who disrespect Kohli should feel sorry for themselves. #INDvPAK #indiaVsPakistan pic.twitter.com/rnHKjxLPxg
— G (@ThatWittyGal) October 24, 2021
MS Dhoni had a chat with Pakistani players after the game.#indiaVsPakistan pic.twitter.com/J3oh23Qabl
— Shakib Ahmad (@ShakibAhmad92) October 24, 2021